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by KC Kendricks
Description: Stacy James survived a life-shattering accusation to become a successful businessman with a lot to offer a partner. At forty, he's finally put his ghosts to rest, and is ready for someone in his life, if the right person comes along. Young and wild, ace mechanic Levi Wright builds engines made for speed. When Levi's volatile temper lands him nose-to-nose with trouble, Stacy ignores his own rules and steps in to save Levi from making a big mistake. But Stacy can't ignore Levi's smoldering sexuality as the younger man then pursues him. And Levi has made it clear--he's out to get his man. Genres: Gay / Contemporary
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2008
eBookwise Release Date: June 2009
30 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [108 KB]
Reading time: 62-87 min.
"4 Stars!...Terrific, very romantic, passionate, and sexy...The two main characters are both vividly drawn...The story was well written, with a wonderful plot. There was a great flow to the developing interest between the two men and the gradual revealing of secrets. The sex was intensely romantic and very hot! The ending was very satisfying, romantic, and realistic. I really enjoyed this story and think you will too."--Matthew, Rainbow Reviews
"4.5 Stars!...This is another excellent book by KC Kendricks, who continues to write stories that are different from the norm in that at least one of the protagonists is much older and has a lot of life experience behind him. In this case there is a May/December flavour to the story and Levi is delightful as he pursues Stacy. The sex is very sensual as well as hot and the difference in their experience is evident when they make love. The characters are three dimensional and their relationship is complex, with everything stacked against it succeeding...I really like this book and KC Kendricks has written another story that I think readers will appreciate. The reason I love this writer is the realism in the way her stories end and she doesn't insult the reader's intelligence. For those readers who love their HEA, there is a very good ending to this story."--Jessewave, Reviews By Jessewave
"5 Angels!...Stacy and Levi are perfect for each other in every way. I loved how Stacy was older...The age difference, which normally I wouldn't care for, worked well. The author used it to the best advantage and created a great story. Shining Victory is a solid 5 Angels for me!"--April, Fallen Angel Reviews
"...The story is fast-paced, the relationship and feelings of the two men built in a very short time...A full comprehensive story. The reader will enjoy the chemistry between the two men...I would not have any trouble recommending this story to any reader of the genre."--Critter Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews
I unlocked the door and stepped into the stillness of the house. Levi closed the door behind us. I heard the deadbolt snick into place. My office was on the upper level. I motioned for Levi to follow me.
At the top of the stairs was a full bath. My business partner had the right side of the second floor, and I had the left. Each office was spacious, comfortable, and fully equipped. Mine had a work area, sitting area and the electronic boy toys of my choosing. The requisition was on my desk, as promised. I found a pen and signed, aware of Levi standing behind me. The crisp spice of his cologne wafted to me, borne on the cool air from the vents. I turned and met his gaze.
He stood still, motionless, as the light from the window formed a sunburst around him. His blue eyes searched my face with silent questions, ones I knew, although I was unsure about the answers. My lips tingled with the memory of his kiss. I reached out and gave his shoulder a light squeeze. The corner of his sensuous mouth twitched into a quirky, lopsided smile.
Low and husky, his voice made me shiver with longing. "You think I bite, Stacy James?"
I trailed my hand down his arm and grasped his wrist, pulling him a step closer. "What if I do, puppy? You don't know a thing about me."
The smile on his face widened. His gaze never left mine. "Sure I do. You're the hottest old man who ever threw a punch to save my ass."
I reached out with my other hand and tucked my fingers beneath his belt to yank him against me. Heat rolled off him in tiny waves, but the skin on his arm prickled with gooseflesh as I ran my fingertips across it.
"Call me old again, and I'll show you what old can do."
Levi licked his lips, taunting me. "So show me ... old man."
I pulled his lips to mine, until they almost touched. "You're too eager," I whispered.
His hand cupped my aching balls as his thumb ran across my bulging zipper.
"Eager? Me? You've got some nerve calling me eager."
Quick as lightning, his hand snaked down the front of my jeans. His fingers closed around my erection. I struggled for breath as he teased me with a squeeze. Who really needed air? I grasped the back of his head and pulled his mouth to mine. The contact jolted through me, ripping a moan from deep in my chest that Levi echoed.
My arms went around him. His fingers tightened around my shaft. I squirmed, arching my hips to him in a silent plea to move his hand on me. The fiend refused, thrusting his tongue into my mouth instead. I answered in kind, delving into his heat. Stars danced behind my closed eyelids. Sweat broke out on my chest, under my arms. After what seemed an eternity, he moved his hand.
Slowly, oh so slowly, he stroked my shaft. I sucked in a lungful of air and unsnapped his jeans. No way was there room to slide my hand under his tight waistband without making space. Levi mumbled a "Yes" into my mouth. I found the tab of his zipper and eased it down.