Encore, an all-new sexy and emotional M/M love story from Ruth Clampett is available now!
Encore by Ruth Clampett
Publication Date: August 17th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
3 Dancing Crowns
I really enjoyed Ruth Clampett’s last MM romance, and I was incredibly intrigued by this synopsis. Unfortunately, this story fell flat for more. Even with likable characters and steamy scenes, Encore just didn’t hit the mark for me.
Charlie is smart and attractive hero with a huge heart. He takes care of his sister, works hard at his job, and even though he yearns for more in the relationship department, he seems content with his life until he meets Ramon. After meeting Ramon, readers get a little more depth into his character, and they get to see that he is more broken than originally thought.
Ramon, although seeming to be an easy-going and charismatic hero, has many burdens and demons as well. He definitely has the allure that makes him enticing though, and it is easy to see why Charlie would be drawn to his character.
The plot progression and development of the story is where it began to fall apart for me as the reader. I was never able to full invest in them as a couple, and not for a lack of sexual chemistry. The standoffish behavior of Ramon in the beginning did not allow me to connect with them. The overwhelming insecurities or reasons they couldn’t be together seem to continuously come, and they were easily solved, almost surface level resolutions to their issues. For those that love an HEA, there will be no disappointment.
I really wanted to love this one. I adored Ruth Clampett’s Animate Me and her previous MM novel Unforgiven, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I needed more substance from them as a couple, and I needed more focus on a single conflict with a bigger climax to keep me engaged. I will certainly return to this author again, as I have enjoyed her novels and writing style in the past.
When shy programmer, Charlie, is dragged to a Hollywood male revue by his co-workers, the last thing he expects is to be pulled onstage. But when he’s approached by Ramon, a dancer whose only focus is to bring him pleasure, something awakens in Charlie that can’t be denied.
Heated attraction only goes so far when one man dreams of true love and a life finally fulfilled, and the other is still grieving the one he lost, and the mistake that cost him everything.
Can a realist and a dreamer from two different worlds move forward and build a future together, or will their painful pasts keep them from fulfilling their destiny?
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There’s another round of cat-calls from the pent up audience when the dancers step to the front of the stage and dance provocatively to amp up the viewers. Suddenly they split apart again and move toward us.
My mind is momentarily jumbled, and when the images sort themselves I realize that instead of the woman, the male dancer is approaching me. I can’t help but stare at his incredible body as my gaze slowly works it’s way up from his muscular thighs, to his abs, built chest and shoulders and when I get to his face I realize I’m blinking repeatedly.
The confusion that must be evident in my expression apparently is amusing, because he nods at me before leaning in closer and I feel a flush from his hot breath against my ear. “Hey, Prince Charlie … ready to have some fun?”
I can feel my eyes bug out and a lump form in my throat. It is him. “Ramon?” I ask in a strangled voice.
“The one and only,” he answers with a wink. “I thought you could use a little loosening up.” He widens his legs and steps closer, straddling me and running his fingers through my hair while he slowly rotates his hips.
“You’re gay?” I ask, my mouth gaping open.
His bold laugh makes my cheeks feel hot. “Oh, baby,” he whispers. “You’re so damn cute. Ask me again when I’m done with you.” He gives me a sexy smile and then slowly rocks his hips forward making me want to rip his briefs off.
“Oh God, oh God, oh God.” I whisper, feeling like my face is on fire.
He backs away again to dance around me, brushing his hand over my shoulders and down my thighs while he moves. Every sweep of his touch excites me until I’m sizzling like a lit fuse.
I’ve never seen anyone other than on music videos who could dance with such a natural rhythm and sexual vibe. He turns toward the audience partway through the dance and then bends forward so his ass is presented to me and I’m in agony not to touch it. He has the most perfect gorgeous ass I’ve ever seen. I get harder thinking about what it would be like in this moment if we were alone, and he wasn’t wearing the tiny briefs. Oh God. I think with a sigh.
I’m trying to hide as best I can how turned-on I am. Has there ever been more proof that it’s not a woman that I want in my bed, but a man like Ramon?
I’m having trouble catching my breath when he straightens and swivels, then straddles my legs as he thrusts his hips bringing his bulge tauntingly close to my face.
Shifting back until he’s almost sitting on my knees, he slowly drags his way up my thighs until his ass is against my crotch and he sinks down firmly enough to know I’m painfully hard for him.
The edges of his mouth turn up with delight. “Damn, Charlie,” he says. “You feel so fucking good.”
About the Author:
Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.
Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.
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