Contemporary, LGBT, New Adult, Romance

Review: Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

TOP SECRETBestselling authors Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy return with their first Male / Male romance in 3 years.

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…

Q&A about Top Secret:

Q: Have we met these characters before in another book?
A: No! These guys are brand new, and we can’t wait for you to meet them.

Q: Is this story MM? Or is it a MMF / MFM / menage?
A: This book is MM.

Q: Is this a love triangle story?
A: Not really. You’ll see.

5 stars

New Adult | Romance | MM Romance | College/Academic | Contemporary

Well tits, these gals have done it again haven’t they? Do they shit genius or does it just come naturally to them? I am being absolutely serious here – I love everything about their collaboration books. Their writing style together as a unit is just a phenomenal power team it is worth climbing to the mountains and screaming – Hells bells, these gals are on point, and I salute them.

So yeah, I loved it. I loved every app-achingly flirting moment. Yeah, I made that word up and I am going with it. It was down right delicious. Top Secret was just what I needed in the M/M Romance world. Everything I have been reading recently just has not been hitting that bar, that Kennedy Bowen bar I suppose. So lets dive in shall we?

But just so you know, lobsters are cool. And they don’t need an app to find sex… The female pees into the mail’s shelter. and the dude is like OH BABY. Then they both pee on each other. She enters his den and molts. He kicks her clothes away like a prom dress. Then they do it missionary style.

For starters, I cannot admit this enough but these gals always create the best main characters. I mean it. I loved everything about Keaton and Luke, I don’t even know if I will be coherent enough, this might turn into all blabble. But really, lets start with the ever so jock-licious Keaton. He was a toolbag with a heart, I mean it, he might of had some asshole motives, but honestly he was really just a downright sweet guy. He enjoyed his friends, he cared about his girlfriend, he was actually really just a wonderfully beautiful guy. One who needed hugs. Lots of them. Whereas Luke I felt was this darker, brooding macho man, but wasn’t. I know both of these guys were in a frat house but sometimes I got these emo-vibes from Luke but lets face it, that was not his character – haha it was funny. But yeah, he was a great character. 

It was defintiely the dynamic between Luke and Keaton that made this everything. The moment that when they saw each other at the hotel – not realizing who it was they were meeting – it was just jaw dropping. Because up to this point Luke and Keaton weren’t besties, but they weren’t enemies, at least until the Frat President turn of events, so I was just itching for them to finally realizing that they were sexting this entire time! I NEEDED THEM TO SEE! It was perfection. I mean it. And then the way Luke challenged Keaton at every turn at the beginning, then twist the tables and it was Keaton pushing the buttons. I really liked their push and pull relationship. I think overall, Keaton really wanted this more dominant relationship and Luke was that personality for him, he claimed him sexually and emotionally that he just needed. 

And Oh my lanta…. their getaway weekend. Ugh. Swoon me loins more please will you. Done.

My only tsk moment, and nothing really to affect the rating, because honestly, this is grade-A meat material, and I truly mean that. This is just something that I have come to expect from Kennedy’s writing style, and then after Bowen and Kennedy’s work with Him/Us, I kind of had expected more of a sexual escapades for Keaton and Luke. Not that there weren’t amazing flirtatious moments, I said it, I admitted it so much, loved their connection, their chemistry and sexual chemistry was fierce, but I wanted – no needed more action. I say this because, if I am being frank, Keaton was discovering himself sexually with Luke, so I personally had thought their would have been more exploring surrounding them being comfortable around each other, Luke discovering Keaton’s body; which would have been scandalously scrumptious. Again, not saying the route that was taken is any less desirable, it was again, grade-A material writing, and I LOVED the chemistry, I cannot say this enough, but there was still a semi-lack luster in points that I had expected a smidge more.

So I’m bisexual. I try that out in my head. Scientists like to label things. I’m a scientist. But the idea of labeling myself isn’t comfortable yet. Besides, the data set is still small. It was only last night. And that one other time. And the kiss. Plus all those sexts over the app…

And as always, I enjoyed the supporting characters. It is something about what they project around the main characters that always aids the connection between the characters, maybe grows their chemistry a smidge, but also is what adds the drama. I was also really impressed by the end by Keaton’s family. Really impressed might I add, it was a beautiful touch to what was such a rocky dynamic. 

Bottom line, I said it before, I say it again, Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen are diamonds. They are absolute perfection when it comes to writing, at least in my opinion. I love their collaborations together. They have such a fun, entertaining viewpoint to their character dynamics and the overall romance build is just beautiful. I love everything they publish. Keaton and Luke will definitely be a favorite amongst my growing OTP favorites. They just blew me away. Between their internal struggles, growths and their romance, passion for one another, it was just the perfect story to end my evening! Cannot wait for more…

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