Noah has suppressed his urges for other men for years, but when a sexy bartender comes crashing into his life, all bets are off.
Due to his career as a lawyer and his father’s strict ways, Noah has always ignored the side of him that craves the touch of another man, not wanting to upset the calm waters of his life. But when he’s out one night celebrating his friend’s first win in a courtroom, Noah is taken aback by the raw lust that consumes him when he meets Shea. He wants to ignore what he feels for the man, but when Shea introduces a tantalizing side of sex that Noah has been dreaming of, he finds it impossible to keep Shea out of his life.
Shea’s been heartbroken before by a man who wouldn’t come out of the closet for him, and he doesn’t think he can go through that again. Can Noah let go of his fears of coming out to the world? Will the pleasures Shea gives him in the bedroom have Noah seeing what really matters in the long run?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.
By My Side by Jennifer Wright is a short story based on a familiar troupe of an out and proud gay man falling in love with the closeted gay man who struggles with the risk of coming out. The story has an amazing beginning. I was immediately sucked into the instant attraction between Noah, closeted lawyer, and Shea, the out and proud bartender. I kind of like the love at first sight, “I’m so hot for you” stories and this one sets up perfectly. Where I struggle is that it was a short story and it rushed to an ending. I prefer when a short story feels like a complete story at the end. This story felt like a compilation of different chapters of what would be a much longer book. Noah and Shea definitely have chemistry so the sex scenes are pretty hot especially if you like the bite of BDSM, but I wanted more. One small detail that struck me was if you meet a man at his place of employment why do you need to hire a PI to find him again. Why not just show back up at the bar? There is a lot of potential with this couple and expanding their story because when I hit the last page it did not feel like the end. Definitely a good cast of characters including Noah’s and Shea’s mutual best friend Tate.
Hey everyone, I’m Jen and I’m an author of M/M erotic romance. I love M/M romance, both reading and writing it—seriously, what’s better than a sexy man… Two sexy men! You can’t go wrong there. Though I do dabble in a little bit of M/F romance, my main passion will always be smutting it up with men, men and more men. I try to dedicate as much of my free time to writing as I can—ha! What free time?—but if I’m not typing away on my laptop, you’ll find me with my nose buried in a book, or with my loving fiancé debating on what movie to watch and the never-ending back and forth decision of what to have for dinner. I love spending time with my family and fiancé, cuddling with my dog and two cats, and laughing as much as possible—’cause I like to think I’m funny!
Some little tidbits about me are—I love animals of all sorts, I have a really big sweet-tooth, and I’ve been told I like to talk with my hands (insert hand gestures here).