Title : Polyester Prince
Series : ABQ Heat, Book 2
Author : Hayley B. James
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 214 pages (e-book)
Published : January 24, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
Kyle Edington built his life around clubs, alcohol, nameless sex, and turning a blind eye to his future, but having front row access to his best friend’s perfect relationship leaves him wanting something he doesn’t understand—the white picket fence. After an ankle injury hinders his plans for PrideFest and puts his day job selling furniture at risk, Kyle attends Pride anyway to cheer himself up. Leaving his crutches at home was a mistake, though, and he’s shoved off balance and hits his head.
A bike officer keeps him safe until the paramedics arrive. Kyle’s memory of the event is foggy. He doesn’t recall the name or face of his guardian angel, but he definitely remembers the finest polyester-covered ass in all of Albuquerque.
But when he goes in search of his polyester prince, Kyle realizes relationships take hard work. After he learns the name of that perfect ass, a lifetime of avoiding serious boyfriends leaves Kyle second-guessing himself and making difficult decisions about what he wants for his future.
Kyle is a party boy. He likes to go out with his friends to drink and hook up. Kyle has no desire to be in a relationship or a “picket fence” to anyone as he might call it. He works a job he doesn’t particularly like but the hours are convenient and he’s good at it. After hurting his ankle trying to impress a trick on a stripper pole, he’s bound to his crutches for the Pride festival weekend. A skirmish knocks him out only to awaken to a man that stirs things in him. Problem is when wakes up again, he hash no idea who he is. Kyle manages to track him down with the help of, Benji from book one of this series. Kyle’s knight in shining armor is a bike cop named Isaac. He’s out and he’s very interested in finding Kyle, too. The two fall into bed and Kyle decides he could break his rule of no do, since the sex is so hot and he likes the guy. For the most part things go great and they both really like the arrangement but Kyle is so set on never falling into a committed relationship, he basically starts freaking out over normal things. Essentially pushing Isaac away. Isaac know he wants more with Kyle but he can’t make Kyle love him back.
I liked this book. The group of partying friends were sassy and weren’t afraid to say what they think. There were lots of little zingers to add a fun element to the story. I think putting the focus on his life in the clubs helped you transition with Kyle from the fact that he was a party boy in the beginning of the book and Kyle in love at the end. You really did get to go on the journey with him. Kyle wasn’t always likable. There were times when I couldn’t believe his reactions to Isaac for wanting to care for him, but getting in his head made me understand him better.
I hadn’t actually read the first book in this series and followed along just fine. Benji and Neal , the MCs from the first book, did play a role in this book but there was enough back story to catch me up. I did find it funny how Kyle liked making Benji feel uncomfortable when he said things sexual in front of him. The sex in this story was super hot. The connection between the MCs really bumped up the smexy IMO. So, overall a pretty good read. If you’re looking for a light, funny read with a tad of angst and NO closet characters, pick this one up.
Rated 4 stars by Whit