When Love Takes Over
Title : When Love Takes Over
Series : Provincetown, Book #1
Author : Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher : Dreamspinner (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M/M or more, Contemporary
Length : 270 pages (e-book)
Published : August 5, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.
Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine.
This was a book about some very dirty boys finding love. I’ve never personally been to Ptown so I can’t tell if it’s really like that or not. I’ll assume the author knows since he’s a gay man but everything did feel amped up or exaggerated. I’m thinking the author did this on purpose for humor or excitement. And let’s face it, its fiction and we like it that way! I’m just saying if you’re thinking of reading this book, it is for sure a good love story, but be prepared for some raunchy and slutty boys.
Zach is ceremoniously dumped in the first few pages of the book. It hurts. His now ex has been his life for three years. Zach is so angry and confused that he kind of zones out for a bit. He then decides to go on the trip to Ptown he was planning to surprise his ex about by himself. Why not? He has nowhere to go and some time away to write would be a good thing. Zach gets lucky when a cancellation allows him to rent a condo owned by a local couple in the vacation town. They basically adopt him and force him to get out of his room to enjoy the “experience” that is Ptown. Zach knows he’s really not the typical gay guy on the island. He dresses terrible and isn’t into casual sex. That all changes pretty quickly with the help of his new friends. One makeover and a blow job on the dance floor later awakens the wild side it seems Zach has been suppressing. Or is it just a normal reaction to his surroundings and the break up? Either way, he seems to be wanting one man in particular. The tan and gorgeous Van he met at the leather shop the night before.
Van likes his job as a super bottom porn star. He’s good at it and it gives him all the sex he could want without the worry of giving his heart away again. He’s known as Hart Throb to all of his fans. Although new-ish to the industry he rose quickly and is a fan favorite. One night escaping a crowd of adoring fans he meets Zach. He’s immediately attracted to Zach. He’s not put together like every other gay guy in town but he likes that. They part ways with Van hoping he’ll see him again and he does. The next night he sees him on the dance floor getting sandwiched between a couple with one on his knees . Van’s jealous and disappointed that Zach isn’t the guy he’d thought he was.
Zach goes through a couple of guys in the next 24 hours but he wants Van. He finally sees him again and is determined to talk to him. Their mutual friends force them to go to a party after Tea. It feels like a date but neither really wants that. It puts too much pressure on them. They decide to get to know each other. Both men are interested but Van doesn’t tell him what he does for a living. No way could a guy want to date a porn star as more than a conquest. The time constraints of Zach’s vacation, the fact that Van doesn’t date and Zach just getting out of a long relationship should mean the guys know it’s just a week of fun but that’s not how things go.
I liked this book. There were some OTT characters that were fun to read about. I enjoyed the build and smolder of Zach and Van’s relationship. Ptown seems like a pretty wild place. I’d probably love it! I’m thinking, hoping, that this will be a series? Van’s best friend, Nino, needs to find his match. That man is such a HO but so good to his friend.
One thing that did squick me out was all the spunk and funk kink going on in this one. I totally admit that’s my issue but it has to be mentioned. These boys were really into manly smells and fluids. 😉 Also, lots of crude talk, which I’m totally fine with, but others may not be. I’m thinking it’s meant to be shocking and fun and that’s how I took it.
I enjoyed the growing both Zach and Van did as the book progressed. Both men figured out who they were and found someone to love them the way they are. Be prepared for lots of sex and not all of it is between the MCs. It’s never cheating so no worries there. They just both like sex. Once they find each other they really only want each other but there are other issues to work out. It’s a pretty damn funny book. If all of this sounds like something you’d like, check it out.
Rated 4 stars by Whit