REVIEW: BRANTLEY WALKER: OFF THE BOOKS #1 by Nicole Edwards

Representation: cis-male, gay, questioning*,

Genre/troupes: contemporary, romance, action, suspense, disability, kidnapping child

MISSION: ALL IN


It starts off with Brentley being discharged from the Navy when a building blows up with him inside. Now he’s at home trying to figure out what the fuck he’s meant to do. He suffers from headaches and his family hovering. When he goes out with his cousin’s he meets Reese. He’s not sure how he relates to the family, but he def does and wow he’s pretty but Reese is straight and Brentley isn’t gonna touch, no matter how much he sees interest in Reese’s eyes.


Reese is a friend of one of Brentley’s cousin and I think I’d know more about who he is in relation if this wasn’t the first book by the author I’ve read. however, it is and from what is in this book he’s the manager or something for Travis (who has his own POV in this story) and does some odd jobs for him. And he thinks Brentley is HOT even if he doesn’t understand why.


I really like that this book takes a moment to get the two MC’s to gain a friendship before we get into the bulk of the plot. They keep running into each other, which turns into a friendship a little closer than either of them have ever had before, and the chemistry and flirting is splattered through the whole first part of the story.


When Travis’ daughter is kidnapped things come to a head with them two. Reese is getting jealous of Brentley’s fuck buddy even as he tries to push it all away. it was nice. Hot when it was meant to be hot, fun when that was happening and intense and lightly emotional as it should be, not because a kid is missing, and they are trying to track her down, but also because we have a straight boy feeling lust for a gay man.


I enjoyed this enough, thought it was a fine set up to the series that’s going to be coming out of it, and honestly have book 2 on my tbr already.


Things that I know annoy some people:

There is on page sex with a person who isn’t the love interest.

There are more POV’s other then the two MC’s (though I believe this is common in authors work).

It is also very clearly apart of a share universe, making it read like it isn’t the first book a series, which it is. I’d say it’s a spin-off of a universe.


Rated: 4 stars

Kindle edition: 246 pages

ASIN: B085929C61

GR LINK


Mission: Without a Trace releases on the 23/June/2020




PERSONAL NOTE

*this book was labelled “Gay-For-You” which I despise because it’s bisexual eraser and therefore will not use it. I will call it questioning as well as bisexual if that’s what they label themselves, some don’t as they will always be straight while loving a man (which kinda makes me cringe, but if that’s what the characters identifies themselves who am I do say otherwise).

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