Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Review: 'Whatever He Wants' by Karenna Colcroft


Randall had been mired in work, so his cousin, Brad, brings him to a party to try and relax, and maybe get laid. Spotting the table with free food and drink, Randall makes a beeline for it – hungry in more than one way. When reaching for the rum, he literally bumps into Isaiah, a white-blond, tanned demi-god who appears hot enough to singe Randall’s fantasies. Randall is usually a one night stand kind of guy, but something about Isaiah makes him want for things usually well off his to-do list. Isaiah appears to feel the same, and things move quickly for the two men. But when Isaiah leaves, Randall discovers a one-hour-stand isn’t enough anymore, and he needs to find Isaiah to prove it.
I’ve not read a lot of M/M, but I found this novella quite appealing. I enjoy reading things from the male perspective, and this book certainly whet my appetite for more. I feel the author has really nailed the male point of view, which is somewhat different to the female. There’s less emotional connection and more of a focus on the act of sex and what they want to do or have done to them. Randall’s voice is also really clear, he’s initially not interested in making a deep soul connection, or searching through a bunch of candidates to find his ideal partner, he wants an excellent fuck and a good time. Rough as it sounds, I still thought this was very tastefully – and sexily – written. I enjoyed the straight forward manner of Randall’s telling the story and despite his insistence on not wanting a connection I could still see the small threads that bound Randall and Isaiah as they came together. Isaiah seemed more than up for the challenge Randall posed and I had a feeling from the beginning this would be a very different experience for Randall.
While this won’t be every reader’s cup of tea, I genuinely enjoyed it. Partly for the different perspective, partly for the hot M/M sex, but also partly because Isaiah was this lovely mix of sweet and domineering. The author did a great job of having Isaiah dominant enough to pull off topping Randall, but it was clear there was a genuine connection on his part from the beginning. I found that added a sense of sweetness to his claiming of Randall’s ass. I was a little disappointed that in a few places there were repetitive phrases which pulled me out of the fantasy of the story a little, but not enough to really ruin anything for me. The plot of finding Isaiah after their quick fuck at the party was a little thin, but I felt there was enough tension in Randall’s rapidly changing perspective on relationships to help move this story along.
A good read and an author I’d definitely look up again.

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