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Fairy tale endings weren’t made for people like me. Happy for now usually ain’t in the cards, either.
The dents on my wall from where my headboard kept knockin’ against the same spot was the first clue that I needed to calm my ass down. At the rate I was racking up notches and plowing through hookups, I wasn’t ever gonna find nothing real. Guess I kinda jinxed myself. I created my circumstances. You can’t get what you want if you keep falling back into the same pattern of bad habits. But then things changed. I stumbled onto somethin’ I never in a million years expected to happen. You gotta understand, I’m never the guy who wins. It was supposed to be just sex, but that shifty, rhyming and scheming bastard, Cupid, pulled a fast one.
I may have changed some stuff to protect a couple of people. But before you go believing the tabloids, make sure you understand that you’re gettin’ the lowdown straight from the source.
I needed to get this off my chest and it’s only fair that you at least get my side of it all. At some point, I might regret telling you any of this, but for now, you need to know.
*Disclaimer* This is a novella. Not a short story, novelette, or novel. This tale features an M/M pairing. If gay erotica/erotic romance is not your cup of tea and you are offended by same-sex relationships or crass language, you should bypass this story. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+.
Complexity is the fourth installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!
Contemporary, Erotica M/M, LGBT+
141 e-book pages
The Kinky Connect Chronicles, book 4
July 1-2, 2016
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In my very first review of Harper’s work (The Sweetest Taboo), I called her fearless. She took a big chance with the voice of her characters in that book. I thought she pulled it off pretty damn well. I also said she’d be an author to watch. At the time I meant that as a first book it was pretty fuckin’ awesome, and I couldn’t wait to see where she went from there.
Here we are, the FIFTH book of hers I’ve read, the FOURTH in a dirty, kinky series of novelettes and novellas, and HOT DAMN.
I was right about Harper. I’ve got two reasons.
1.) Her writing, which was pretty spectacular to begin with is growing, sharpening, becoming more honed.
2.) She’s still fearless. With each of the books in The Kinky Connect Chronicles, Harper is going places other authors might fear to tread when it comes to arcs and characters we usually see introduced in a series. She’s pushing the boundaries of what readers might expect by busting right on through with the stories she wants to write. Not only is she giving readers a variety of kinky kinks, but she’s also mixing up different ethnicities and sexualities of the characters. I FREAKING LOVE THAT. This world, y’all, it’s everybody. EV-REE-BOD-DEE. And they’re found in these books.
LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE. You can’t paint that canvas with only one color or one brush.
Complexity is Harper’s first foray into M/M. And I’m so, so, so excited she took this step. Really…when I found out about this book, I let out an uncharacteristic whoop of joy. I’m hoping with all my hope she keeps at it.
Keeping with the theme of the series this installment goes from the online connection of Manny and Chris and steps into their real-life relationship.
Manny is bisexual, semi-closeted, generally looking for flings with established couples but would like to find an authentic connection though he’s convinced love-everlasting won’t happen for him.
Chris has secrets. He’s also closeted, deeply, for Reasons and super hesitant to provide any personal details. He’s not in a position to offer a partner anything more than casual on his terms.
Manny and Chris together are on fire together despite a rocky face-to-face start that’s full of surprises. Manny’s bossy and just what Chris is looking for in the bedroom. Their combustion sparks a night neither will soon forget and leaves them wanting more.
Through some strains of miscommunication, a lot of Manny’s inner monologue, and fears of being vulnerable, their relationship is kept to a relatively simple friends-with-benefits affair. Until…
Yeah…I’m not giving it all away. I’ll just say there were some beautiful surprises and grand gestures that melted me into a pile of goo.
There’s a lot to like here. Complex, flawed characters, a realness to emotions and fears, and undeniable attraction. This was definitely a couple I wanted to root for through their HEA.
Before I go….I’ve gotta mention these covers. All of them in this series. MY GOD THESE COVERS. Every one of them is spot on gorgeousness. Hats off to Taria A. Reed.
**Be on the lookout. Harper will be visiting Back Porch Reader on July 13th with a Guest Post on her blog tour. You won’t want to miss it.
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About the Author:
Harper Miller is a thirty-something native New Yorker. She’s traveled the world and lived in a variety of places but always finds her way back to the Big Apple.
A lackluster love life leaves time to explore new interests, for Harper it is writing. The Sweetest Taboo: An Unconventional Romance is her debut novel. In her mind the perfect Alpha male possesses intellect, humor, and a kinky streak that rivals the size of California.
When she isn’t writing, Harper utilizes her graduate degree in the field of medical research. She enjoys fitness-related activities, drinking copious amounts of wine, and going on bad dates.