Two years ago Susan Mac Nicol released Stripped Bare, her first M/M Romance novel. This followed the success of her first two books, Cassandra by Starlight and Together in Starlight, which were both contemporary M/F romances. Luckily for us readers, Susan Mac Nicol has continued on her journey as a M/M author and in August 2015 will release her 11th book in this genre!
Now that Shane Templar has stripped the armour from Matt Langer’s heart, will either of them ever be safe again?
Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to fall for him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far he’s already fallen. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who has broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.
Matthew raised an eyebrow . “Are you with him tonight as a paid escort, or a free date?”
He knew even as he said the words that he’d gone too far. To be honest, he was ashamed at the words even as they left his mouth.
Shane’s face went white as he stepped forward.
For a moment, Matthew thought he was about to be smacked across the jaw. Instead, he found himself being pushed against the wall, Shane’s greedy lips finding his in a kiss that made him rock hard. Matthew couldn’t help himself. His lips parted involuntarily as Shane’s hungry tongue crept into his mouth, meeting his own as his body pressed against Matthew’s in sheer carnality. Matthew tasted whisky, mint and pure sex.
The younger man knew how to kiss. His lips were demanding and warm and his tongue definitely knew what it wanted.
All sense of anything rational left him as the other man’s hips pushed against his. Matthew lost all breath in his body feeling Shane’s raging erection against his own. He groaned and gripped Shane’s blonde hair as he ground his mouth against the other man’s in a frenzy of sheer need and want.
Shane’s hands were on his backside, gripping him fiercely, pulling their two bodies together.
Christ, he’s a great kisser. He must be total dynamite in bed. God, I want this man.
The thoughts were fleeting. Matthew found himself being released and the incredible sensations in his body were relieved somewhat as Shane pulled away.
The other man’s face was dark, his eyes stormy. His lower face was reddened from the roughness of Matthew’s chin, from the stubble that grew around his mouth. Shane’s voice was fierce when he spoke. “Is that what you wanted, Matthew? It certainly felt like you did.” He reached down and brushed Matthew’s groin.
Matthew gasped. “I’d say you want me. Why the hell are you so uptight about it? Be honest with yourself.”
Matthew couldn’t quite find his voice. He took a deep breath trying to calm down the emotions surging in his chest. Shane watched him and then shrugged. His voice sounded disappointed when he next spoke. “Fine, then. You’ve had your chance. Twice. So don’t bloody well think I owe you anything.”
Review (originally published March 7th 2015)
When I realised last week that I had Stripped Bare, Susan Mac Nicol’s first novel, still unread on my Kindle, I mentally slapped myself! Since devouring Saving Alexander, I have been a huge fan of hers and credit her as one of the authors who introduced me to the M/M romance genre.
As with her other novels, in Stripped Bare Susan Mac Nicol creates two main characters who are strong, sexy, opinionated and totally adorable! So much so, that both Shane Templar and Matthew Langer have their own Facebook pages!
Both these men have issues which prevent them from totally committing to each other and Susan Mac Nicol never allows us to look at their relationship through rose-coloured glasses. She very honestly reveals their flaws and the frequent bickering between them infuriates us!
Yet the story extends beyond the intensity and passion between Matthew and Shane as they step in to defend their friend, David, against his powerful, but homophobic father. In protecting David, we see the cunning lawyer side of Matthew, whereas Shane’s growling lion emerges! These traits just emphasise the sexiness of both men, but the consequences of their actions are more dangerous than anyone could have predicted.
In Stripped Bare Susan Mac Nicol does an amazing job of creating a beautiful romance. Matthew and Shane’s relationship is definitely explosive, in terms of their temperaments and love-making, and despite the stresses of outside influences their HEA is welcome. Yes, this was Susan Mac Nicol’s debut and I have read it 18 months after its release, but as far as I am concerned my respect and fangirl adoration for her has only increased. Sheer brilliance!
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About the Author
Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested. Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.