Title: Stranger In Black (2nd Edition)
Author: Devon Rhodes
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novella (80 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Christian wants closure on his relationship with a closeted cheater, so he dons a disguise to see the evidence for himself. He attends the annual masquerade ball on the arm of his friend, looking for the Stranger in Black. But when he finds him, the farewell encounter in a back room doesn’t quite go as planned
Jarrod goes undercover, wearing the black and gold mask to ferret out Chris–the “other woman” his best friend’s fiancé is fooling around with. He isn’t prepared for his reaction to the sexy vision in the white gown…especially since he’s gay.
It’s not the unmasking that exposes their dual deception, but the gloves…and the pants…coming off. Now Christian and Jarrod need to work together to protect the innocent party in all of this. And along the way, they just might become more than strangers.
Review: I have read a couple of books by this author and have always been surprised each time. I am afraid though, that this one didn’t have that reaction. For me the blurb gave it away and I had a clue what was going to happen right from the start.
Christian has loved Carl for quite a while, that is until he finds out that he is engaged to a woman. Once a cheater always a cheater, at least in my book. However he needs proof and decides to do a little digging. He is going to attend a masquerade party and catch the cheating rat ass in the act. Too bad the one he thought was Carl was in fact Jarrod. It would seem Jarrod is there to make sure Carl’s cheating stops. He is just shocked that Chris is a man.
This story was a bit of a let-down for me. I didn’t see the heat that should have been there and Mira was a bit off in my mind. She had this “cheated on but ok” attitude that was off. That and her reaction to David was a sign. Although it was closer to the end so it didn’t really matter. David was a hit that is for sure. The man was straight and here he was helping his best friend dress up as a woman. I laughed my ass off at that.
This is a very quick, short read. It had great potential, but the fact that right off the bat you’re lost is a bit disappointing. I felt like I was just thrown into the middle. There was no true beginning for me which drove me nuts. However it comes clean further into the book. I did not much care for this book, however it is well written. There really wasn’t that much heat in it which doesn’t bode well for me.
I am afraid that this book just wasn’t for me.