Sunday, April 23, 2017

Release Tour: Gasping for Air by T.S. McKinney (Review + Giveaway)

Title: Gasping for Air
Series: Game Day #2
Author: TS McKinney
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 22, 2017
How far will Trystan go to win the heart of the man he loves? All the way. Trystan Matherly is conceited, arrogant, and rich. He has plenty of money, athletic ability, and gorgeous looks to keep the men forming a long line just to be with him. Choosing his next lover has been as simple as down-selecting to the hottest candidate. Until Dakota. With his sad eyes, full lips, and perfectly sculpted swimmer’s body, Dakota is just the kind of lover Trystan wants. After only one look, he knows he has to have him. Too bad Dakota seems to be totally oblivious to all his charms. Dakota Jacobson is lonely, tired, and depressed. He’s at Alabama Temple to complete his degree, not to put up with idiots. He works diligently to be as invisible as possible. He doesn’t need friends and he sure doesn’t need lovers…especially not football titans that think they rule the world. Nope; been there, done that. Until Trystan. With his sexy eyes, arrogant smirk, and muscled physique, Trystan is just the kind of lover Dakota never intends to have…again. Too bad Trystan refuses to allow him to be invisible.

4 Stars!!!

Gasping for Air is book 2 in the Gameday Series and it can be read as a standalone, which is what I did. While it's not stated in the blurb, before reading it, be warned that this book deals with abuse and rape in graphic detail from around 80% on, so if that's a trigger for you, please proceed with care. 

I loved Trystan. He was definitely my favorite of the two MCs. Yes, he was conceited and entitled, but he was also a charmer and sometimes behaved like an overeager puppy trying to get its master's attention. It took me a bit to warm up to Dakota. His hot and cold behavior concerning Trystan got boring really fast. I know that what he went through with his ex-boyfriend wasn't easy, and my heart broke when we learned in a very detailed manner what Evan did to him and that had been hinted at for 80% of the book, still, it was kind of tiring that push and pull he had, no matter what Trystan did to win his trust. Dakota and Trystan were undeniably hot together and even if I'm not all that into BDSM, this wasn't too bad. It was more kinky than hardcore BDSM, so that is perfectly fine with me.

I really liked Alex and Lincoln and how good friends they were with Trystan and later with Dakota. I absolutely hated Evan, who was a psycho. *shudders* Really scary guy.

While I was entertained with the book, I did feel it was overly long. The author could (and should) have cut at least 1/3rd of the book and it would've been an even better story. It felt like muddling through molasses at some parts. The book was fun to read at some parts, heartbreaking and angsty in others, but overall, enjoyable and recommendable, just please remember that it can be triggering for some. I can't stress that enough. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.***

T.S. McKinney lives in East Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/husband and all the countless dogs she picks up from deserted country roads. Her professional career has been in business but her heart has always belonged to the fantasy world found in books.
Creating wicked worlds where one can meet the perfect hero – and then do anything to him that you want – has been a hobby that has brought her plenty of hours of fun and naughty entertainment. When not working, reading, or writing, she loves to spend time with my family and forcing them (because they don’t really have another choice) to allow me to redecorate their houses…and listen to my naughty…sometimes sadistic stories.

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