Thursday, April 14, 2022

S.E.X. Review~ Influenced by Felice Stevens


Bryce Bauman is one half of a famous influencer couple…until his boyfriend dumps him and puts the whole ugly scene online.
Several months later, Bryce is at the end of his rope—he’s lost all his endorsements, along with his so-called friends. Licking his wounds, he escapes to the tiny town of Serenity, Pennsylvania, where he’s surrounded by too much nature and quiet. And…the hot as hell owner of the bed-and-breakfast who makes him think there might be life beyond what’s on a screen.

Matty Wilcox has no time for spoiled brats or social media. He must keep the business running, his grumpy grandfather healthy, and himself deep in the closet. In his little town, there’s no way to come out to his friends and family and have things stay the same, so he’s better off alone.
Except life is complicated now that Bryce is staying at the bed and breakfast—he’s entirely too tempting and not as silly and shallow as Matty first thought. Giving in to his desire could only muddy the waters of the life he’s so carefully built. Any slipup would be dangerous for his business, his friendships, and most importantly, his heart. Besides, there’s no place for small-town Matty in Bryce’s big-city life. The two of them, together, don’t make sense.

Then again, since when does anything make sense when it comes to love—the greatest influencer of all?

Influenced by Felice Stevens was a great read, of which I expected nothing less. Additionally, the topic of social media and the influence it has on society was apropos, as this is always a hot button, especially with youth.

Bryce was part of an influential duo, his life in the spotlight, endorsing products and making a name for himself. Unfortunately, as we all know with trends, including people, the cancel culture can rear its ugly head very quickly. On a downward spiral after Bryce and his partner’s bad break up, Bryce sought solace, albeit unwillingly, in a small upstate Pennsylvania town.

Mattie ran a B & B on the family farm. Closeted, the man went through the motions of life, with baggage and lots of responsibility. Meeting Bryce was exactly what he needed.

Ms. Stevens delivered a lovely story of growth and perseverance. Both men needed to deal with their respective issues while finding themselves in who each really was and then together. I loved the dynamics between the two men. Bryce was bold and energetic. Mattie sweet and reserved. Together they complimented each other.

The secondary characters were awesome. Emma,  and especially Pop, stole the show.

I would love to see more of Serenity, PA and the great characters Ms. Stevens created.

Definite it’s S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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