Behind Every Cloud
Title : Behind Every Cloud
Author : Penny Brandon
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 204 pages (e-book)
Published : August 27, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
Forced to live behind a lie because of a promise he made to his sister, Kurt’s been celibate for twelve years. It’s not so much the sex he misses, but the chance at a family like the one his parents brought him up to expect. Then he meets Sasha, and it becomes all about the sex. Though he tries hard to resist, Sasha’s just too damn gorgeous, and Sasha wants him. So why not just give in?
Throwing himself with abandon into the Sydney gay scene, millionaire Sasha Harrison becomes playboy celebrity known to everyone as “Silver.” It was fun at first, but after five years of being the media’s meal ticket he now just wants to be left alone. Hounded by reporters, he hides out with Kurt, the one guy who has no idea who he is, or was. But that’s the problem. Kurt doesn’t realize Sasha’s not used to being turned down, and Sasha’s not used to being with nice guys.
Kurt is firmly in the closet. At first I wondered if he was bisexual but as the book went on I realized he was putting on a front. Kurt put himself in the closet at first to make sure nobody tried to take his sister away from him after the loss of their parents. Then it was his need to be successful that kept him from being with a man.
One night out at a club Kurt sees a man at the bar slip a pill into a drink and carry it off. He warns security who try to hunt the man down based on his description but Kurt finds him first. They scuffle but the guy takes off with security chasing him, so Kurt takes it upon himself to check on the gorgeous long-haired guy who was drugged. Brilliantly (insert sarcasm) , Kurt thinks he must rush the drugged beauty out of the club, speaking to no one. Then the guy is so messed up he can’t tell him where he lives so Kurt takes him home with him. The man, who Kurt is able to learn is named Sasha, insists that Kurt stay by his side.
When Sasha wakes up in the morning things are weird. He has no idea how he got there or who the guy he woke up with is. Kurt is obviously one of the few people in Sydney who don’t know him as the rich, gay, playboy socialite “Silver”. Sasha sees no reason to tell him and finds it nice to get to be himself without all the preconceived notions that come along with playing the part of Silver. A parting heated kiss leaves them both confused but Sasha needs to get back to his reality. The paparazzi are there and question him about his scene at the club the night before. He honestly only knows what Kurt told him but doesn’t want to give them the story they all seem to want. Sasha has been trying is hardest to get out of the spotlight. As soon as he escapes the paparazzi, he realizes somebody has been in his apartment. Sasha no longer feels safe in his apartment. All his other properties have been compromised. His parents are no help. So he returns to the last place he felt safe. With Kurt.
Kurt thought he’d seen the last of the long-haired temptation named Sasha. So, he’s surprised to see him in his apartment that night giving him a story about needing a place to stay. Kurt sees Sasha needs a place to stay and can’t turn him out. Sasha sees the want in Kurt’s eyes but can’t push him too far too quickly. They avoid and dance around the truth that they want each other and keep their secrets. But their attraction won’t be denied.
This started off with some good potential that had some really unrealistic moments. Then everything leveled out and it turned into a hot little romance with likable characters that were good together. This is one of those that I think a few tweaks here and there would have made it a pretty damn good book.
I just couldn’t help but think Sasha having all that money and forcing himself on Kurt, who obviously didn’t want him there, was not believable. As the book went on I settled into but I just thought he had other options. Everything between Kurt and Sasha at the beginning was kind of uncomfortable. Kurt’s cock thickening repeatedly while Sasha is roofied was a little creepy. No, he never acted on it but one boner would have been enough.
The sex in this was pretty hot. Kurt having denied himself for twelve years made for some intense desire. Sasha thrived on being wanted for who he really was and not for his status or money. I think their story was a pretty good one minus those moments towards the beginning of the book.
Rated 3.5 stars by Whit