TITLE: A Fine Bromance
AUTHOR: Roland Graeme
LENGTH: Novella (98 pages)
PUBLISHER: Extasy Books (September 7th, 2014)
HEAT LEVEL: Explicit
HEART RATING: ♥♥♥3Hearts
BLURB: Two handsome, sexy brothers discover that they can only hide their homosexuality from each other for so long.
Tomasz is determined to keep his homosexual experimentations a secret from his older brother, Krzysztof – especially after Krzysztof teases Tomasz about having a bromance with his buddy, Billy. How would Krzysztof react if he knew his kid brother and Billy were lovers?
Matters become more complicated when Tomasz discovers that he isn’t the only member of the family who seems to prefer the company of men to that of women. Krzysztof seems to have a bromance of his own going on with a very macho cop – and a little sleuthing on Tomasz’s part confirms his suspicion that the two men are very much more than just friends.
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REVIEW: Tomasz Juroszek lives with his older brother, Krzysztof. They were orphaned at a young age and raised by an uncle. Tomasz has a friends-with-benefits arrangement between himself and his friend, Billy. And these two have some pretty hot sex!
After some hot sex with Billy one afternoon, Tomasz returns home to discover his older brother has a visitor. A very sexy cop called Leonardo Montegrappa (aka Nardo). From here, the book isn’t actually a romantic story, but a story of two brothers coming out to each other and trying to find balance in their lives.
The story set is certainly different. I am having trouble trying to work out what I think about it. We see the start of a romance between Krzysztof and Nardo, but through the eyes of Tomasz. When I say this, Tomasz figures out that his brother is gay and not only does he finds evidence he sets out to find out more when Nardo comes over for dinner.
Despite Tomasz and Billy being a rather fledgling relationship trapped somewhere between romance and friendship, there isn’t any actual story of their time together. This leads me to my next point, Tomasz as a character confuses me, even when he is asked right out, he says he doesn’t have a boyfriends. Okay, so he and Billy have a friends-with-benefits arrangement, but he had the opportunity to admit to everything and he says nothing.
I think that Tomasz’s story really wasn’t done justice. It’s that or Tomasz is just a pain and I prefer the character of Krzysztof. In saying that, I really enjoyed the beginning of the romance between Krzysztof and Nardo and these two also had some really hot sex. In fact, it would have been good if the entire story were longer, to give both brothers a bit more. The story didn’t have a conventional happily ever after. This would be fine except that the stories for both brothers didn’t feel quite complete.
However, in saying all that, I think it’s an amusing look at the interaction between siblings. The sneaking and spying and fishing for info is exactly the way between siblings no matter what the context. I think this is an interesting (and cool) view into two brothers who are both are too afraid to come out to each other. So in extension to that this is also a coming of age story. If you are expecting a romance, you won’t get it.
But if you just want a story about life and coming to terms with coming out, this is could well prove an enjoyable read.