Title: Don’t Twunk With My Heart
Series: Loving You #2
Author: Renae Kaye
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 26th 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.
Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.
With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.
Review: It’s been so long since I’ve read Loving Jay that I completely forgot we were supposed to have a continuation to this series. Don’t Twunk With My Heart is roughly what I’ve come to expect from Renae when it comes to her books: a sweet, uncomplicated love story that’s free of drama and angst.
Kee and Tate meet each other, like each other, get into a dance competition, fuck each other and then…. end up dating each other. There’s no cheating, no drama, no complications. Even though Tate is not Kee’s type when it comes to men, he’s exactly what Kee needs when he’s ready to date again, a year after getting out of an abusive relationship. The past year has been hard on Kee and he doesn’t realize how much he’s missed his friends until he opens up to them again.
Tate is a 32 year old marketing expert for a high-end fashion line, and while he’s very educated, good looking and respected, Tate has many insecurities that come from being around vain models all day long. Tate has weight issues and is very aware that he’s past his prime (*snort*). You see, Tate is a Twank and Kee is a Twunk… what they both have in common is that they used to both be Twinks. I know you’re curious about these labels, but for the love of god, DO NOT let Jay explain them to you! Holy verbal diarrhea! How I missed Jay!
I think what I loved the most about this book is catching up with the rest of the guys, because I’ve missed them a lot! The only thing I loved more is the crazy hot sex that’s happening between Tate and Kee; let me tell you a little secret (Tate is quite kinky and loves to have sex in public places). Trust me when I say these two will catch your e-reader on fire!
Unfortunately, while there are so many things to love about Don’t Twunk With My Heart, one thing I couldn’t believe in 100% is Tate and Kee as a permanent couple. I’m not sure why I didn’t entirely connect with them. I think part of the problem is Jay’s overpowering presence; Jay shines so bright and his relationship with Liam is still so lovely, that Kee and Tate pale in comparison. Of course, the whole sex in the bush part and the little drama that came with it didn’t appeal to me at all.
Overall this is a good story with great writing, low angst, plenty of passion and dirty sex, but it certainly doesn’t have the WOW factor I’m used to getting from Renae Kaye’s books.