Author: Skylar M. Cates
Genre: MM / Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 1st, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: After years of running from a traumatic secret, young journalist Rafe Quintero is making his way in the world alone. Now that he’s landed a job at a Miami newspaper, he’s hungry for success. His goal? A blistering exposé on closeted PGA golfer Daniel Andrews. Rafe will stop at nothing to get the scoop—even if it means going undercover on Daniel’s private yacht.
Daniel is used to being in the spotlight, but his reputation for being cold and unfriendly hasn’t made him very popular. Still reeling from his mother’s death and his ex-boyfriend’s engagement, he hides out on his yacht to escape the press hounding his every step. His instant attraction to Rafe, his new crew member, is a problem he can’t ignore.
When Rafe and Daniel begin a steamy affair, Rafe knows it’s only a matter of time before Daniel discovers his betrayal. Now he has to choose: confess and hope Daniel can swallow his pride and forgive him, or put his ambition ahead of his heart and follow the story.
Review: Have you ever felt that you want to inhale a book from page one? I have on few occasions and this is one of those books. With a very powerful start Exposed keeps building and building the intensity, until you literally can’t take it anymore and beg for a let out.
It starts with an incredible insight of Rafe and his personality. Rafael the hurricane, as I kept thinking of him; always running head first toward his goal, demanding and full on emotion. A hungry journalist who is tired of having his pieces taken away literally, grabs his final chance for making it big for himself.
The idea behind the story is quite the stereotype; the undercover reporter going for his famous mark, trying to worm himself to some confidentiality and make the story of his life. And of course he blows it all up by falling for said mark.
Yet there is nothing stereotypical about this book. It was a very well written piece that has you on your toes and keeps pulling your chain to follow almost blindly this intoxicating love story.
It is a wild ride seeing Rafe playing undercover, yet in order to make his background story believable he uses his real name, his real private past up until the day he changed them. It is almost heartbreaking seeing him rushing toward his goal and not understanding the danger his puts his heart in. After so many years of being alone, not wanted and uncared it wasn’t a big shock that he fell prey at Daniel’s caring and soothing character.
And Daniel, while he is no match for Rafael’s exuberance and energetic character, he is a very attracting one himself. Born in wealth, his life might have been smooth yet no less needy and in Rafael he finds that spark of life he never knew was missing. Their time together in the yacht is a hard and fast buildup of tension and emotion until it all comes crashing down with an even bigger bam.
As I said everything about this book is a huge build up and when things came crashing I almost expected for things to slow down a bit and the story to lose intensity since you could see where it went. It didn’t happen, on the contrary after it deluded you with some short shallow breaths the story picked up pace once again and the sensation of having your heart beating wildly never let up until it was over. Kudos to the author for making that happen.
And for my favorite part I’m going to attack those intimate scenes I so much love. I think our dear author must be seriously into mind games and control, because that is exactly what I felt reading our guys’ scenes. David being the cool type he was and Rafael the utterly emotional type with the great responsiveness were bound to drive me crazy. Playing the virgin part Rafael had it coming for himself though and loving making his crazy with want and need David literally tortured him with the slow lead. In the end of their first time together even I was screaming inside my head for that damn release. It is so very rare that some characters will reach and affect you as much as these two did. I felt as if I was the one taking part in there, as if I was in there, in that room and being tortured by sensations myself. I admit though that while I loved those scenes toward the end I got a bit inpatient with them. Really, it is not nice keeping people waiting that much. Ah who am I kidding…?
What else is there to say about Exposed…? Nothing beside take it up and read it… Now!