Title : Exposed
Author : Skyler M. Cates
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, Sports, Closeted
Length : 256 pages (e-book)
Published : March 1, 2013
After years of running from a traumatic secret, young journalist Rafe Quintero is making his way in the world alone. Now that he’s landed a job at a Miami newspaper, he’s hungry for success. His goal? A blistering exposé on closeted PGA golfer Daniel Andrews. Rafe will stop at nothing to get the scoop—even if it means going undercover on Daniel’s private yacht.
Daniel is used to being in the spotlight, but his reputation for being cold and unfriendly hasn’t made him very popular. Still reeling from his mother’s death and his ex-boyfriend’s engagement, he hides out on his yacht to escape the press hounding his every step. His instant attraction to Rafe, his new crew member, is a problem he can’t ignore.
When Rafe and Daniel begin a steamy affair, Rafe knows it’s only a matter of time before Daniel discovers his betrayal. Now he has to choose: confess and hope Daniel can swallow his pride and forgive him, or put his ambition ahead of his heart and follow the story.
I knew the minute I read this blurb I had to read this book. I love to read sports themed books and this one had the added bonus of the, also gay, reporter trying to “out” the closeted gay athlete! Oh, AND they’re trapped on a boat together! That practically screamed conflict and sexual tension to me. Anyway, this book absolutely lived up to my excitement. It was smoking hot. Damn!!!! The author was new to me and BTW, I’m thinking somebodyloves rimming….. 😀
Rafe has a bit of a troubled past. He’s been on his own for a while and he doesn’t need anybody. In fact he tends to drive people away with his harsh attitude. Not that he cares because people can’t be trusted. His only real friend is Hector. Hector feeds Rafe some inside information and gets him a job on the yacht of Daniel Andrews, the pro golfer who disappeared from the public eye after walking off the course in the middle of tournament. Getting the scoop on why Daniel left and if it has anything to do with the rumors he’s gay would be the break of a lifetime. Rafe needs this. He’s a good reporter and he’s tired of paying his dues. This is his chance to build a name for himself and Rafe will do ANYTHING to get his story.
Daniel isn’t the trusting sort, like a lot of celebrities would be if they found a stranger sleeping on their yacht one morning. He doesn’t believe the kids story of being the new guy on the crew. He does feel an instant attraction. One like he’s never felt before. His suspicion of the kid leads him to be snappish and rude but Rafe gives it right back intriguing Daniel even more. The two do their best to resist the attraction they feel all while Rafe is digging for his story. Rafe is so determined to get Daniel to admit he’s gay he practically begs Daniel to jump him with his lip licking and wry smiles. Both men give in and you can feel the passion and the inevitable doom set in. As the story goes along you start to fall in love right along with Daniel and Rafe but know the dubious nature Rafe started their relationship with set it up to fail from the first kiss. There’s no escaping what Rafe has done and it’s going to break both of their hearts.
I really enjoyed this book. Almost from the moment you start it you know how it’s going to play out but you get so lost in the passion and swept up in the romance. The anticipation of the moment Daniel finds out keeps you on edge. Knowing it didn’t take anything away from the story. It was excellent! Now, OMG this story was smoking hot! Daniel is so dominant and toppy in the bedroom and Rafe loves it. There is a lot of sex but keeping their relationship secret leaves them rendezvousing privately to be together, which just adds that desperate element to the sex. Also, thinking they only have a few weeks at sea makes their time limited. They make the most of the time they can spend together by doing what they want to do. Have lots of sex! It wasn’t just sex. The connection the guys had seemed real and I was absolutely rooting for them. I recommend this book and will be checking out whatever the author writes next.
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit