Title: Crank Me Down
Series: Crank 02
Author: J.D. Walker
Genre: Multicultural Romance
Length: Novella (49 pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (3 May 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Xavier McDay and Marius Rabineaux have been together for a year now. Life has been good to both men, and though at first glance it may seem that they’re too different to make things work, the computer geek and the appliance store worker have become quite the hot pair. Sherie and Tonya, Marius’s daughter and Xavier’s niece, are definitely rooting for the men, and the best friends hope for future wedding bells so they can all become one true family.
Trouble in paradise begins, however, when Marius blurts out his love for Xavier after a sexy tryst in the shower. Xavier doesn’t know how to respond, and also doesn’t feel he’s worthy of Marius’s love. In his efforts to figure out his true feelings, Xavier is in danger of saying things he doesn’t mean and ruining everything.
Can Marius, understanding that his “Uncle Cranky” doesn’t always express his feelings well, encourage Xavier to finally open up and talk things out so they can move toward the happy future they deserve?
Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2178-Crank-Me-Down.aspx
Review: Crank Me Down is the sequel to JD Walker’s Crank Me Up. You definitely need to go back to Crank Me Up if you haven’t already read it or else there will be some confusion and I imagine some unsatisfied readers. However, being that I’ve read and reviewed the first book, it was nice to revisit some familiar characters and see where they ended up.
This time around, the story is from the POV of grumpy computer guy, Xavier, who has been with his boyfriend, Marius, for one year. With the guys is Marius’s daughter, Sherie, and Xavier’s niece Tonya. It’s all very happy family and while the girls aren’t front and centre of the action, they are a fantastic addition.
As to the actual story line, it’s more of a HEA/summary of the guys; something which I had felt was missing from Crank Me Up. I love both Xavier and Marius. These guys are down to earth and completely likable. And when there is reference to Star Trek: TNG (well, Michael Dorn who played Worf) and a Marvel Comics character (Silver Surfer) the nerd in me was happy from the first page.
So I’m going to end with this: both stories work real nicely together. I think if I were to read them together as though they were two acts/parts of a book it would complete the experience, as one could say.
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