Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy


Title: Top Secret
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Amazon
Heat Level:   4 Flames
Overall Rating: 4.5 hearts

Synopsis via GoodReads:    

LobsterShorts, 21
Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.
SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.
LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?
SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You?
LobsterShorts: [crickets!]

SinnerThree, 21
Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF.

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?
LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.
SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries…
LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?
SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.
LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing…    

Review:  This was a great little enemies to lovers, opposites attract type of story. It’s the second one that I’ve read that has sort of an epistolary element to it, using text messages through an app. I really like this element. These two authors are becoming an auto-buy for me. Luke & Keaton are members of the same frat in Darby, Connecticut. Luke scrapes every penny to live, while Keaton is rich beyond measure. It starts with Keaton’s longterm girlfriend, Annika, looking for a way to spice up their sex life and asks for a threesome for her birthday. Keaton (LobsterShorts) sets up a profile on a hookup app and meets Luke, known as SinnerThree. They exchanges messages for a month or two and get to know each other. Their conversations range from hilarious to hot and steamy. Keaton makes some sexual discoveries about himself and questions whether or not he is bi, or gay. They make a plan to meet, and boy does shit hit the fan then.

Luke is determined that Keaton set this up as some elaborate joke and is furious, for this and other things in the story that have happened. But he actually liked ‘LobsterShorts,’ who turned out to be someone he can’t stand and now knows too much about him. And then… poor Keaton gets dumped b/c Annika hasn’t been happy for a while.

Luke & Keaton have great chemistry though and eventually give into it. They hook up for months and Keaton figures out that he is most definitely gay. Despite loving Annika, he finally understands why his relationship with her never had the same heat that it does with Luke.

But Luke is …. emotionally stunted I guess. He’s got a shit family who has dumped on him one too many times. He has no support or anyone to depend on, so he’s pretty closed off and damaged. He’s determined not let himself fall for Keaton and he takes a long time to get there. Keaton knew that there was something there though, so god love him, he waited and had the patience of a saint.

Despite that this book took it’s time to build the relationship between these two, I never felt as if it was too long and I was never bored. Their ending felt earned and the relationship organic. I enjoyed watching these two fall in love and didn’t want it to end. ♥

Purchase Link | Amazon


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