No Shame Series Book 3
Release date: December 27, 2017
Cover Design: Sloan Johnson/Sloan J Design
Aaron is drowning. After coming out as gay, he lost his parents’ approval, his job, and his sense of identity. He feels like a freak who doesn’t fit in anywhere. His last hope was his brother Josh, but Josh can’t seem to forgive him for how Aaron treated him when they were teens. Not that Aaron can blame him, because he did treat Josh like crap.
All Aaron wants is for someone to accept him, guide him, because he doesn’t have a clue. When sexy jiujitsu teacher Blake takes him in and starts mentoring him, Aaron has hope for the first time, even though he can’t understand what Blake sees in him.
Blake doesn’t do relationships. At all. He’s more than willing to help Aaron find solid ground under his feet, but that’s it. Until insecure, vulnerable, and surprisingly sexy Aaron gets under his skin, triggering all kinds of protective instincts that make Blake long for more. He wants to take care of Aaron, give him what he needs, but how can he convince Aaron of that?
When Josh’s friend-with-benefits Indy’s past finally catches up with him, it endangers them all—and leads to heartbreaking decisions for everyone involved.
No Fear is a steamy M/M romance that ends with a HFN for Aaron and Blake, but has a continuing storyline as well. It’s the third book in the No Shame Series, and is not a stand alone novel, so make sure to read the first book (No Filter) and the second book (No Limits) first. It contains hot sex, a little kink, more hot sex, very mild puppy play, and a beautiful friendship-with-benefits that transcends labels. Also: trigger warning for mentions of sexual abuse.
“You can start with plain vanilla sex, work your way up to the kinky stuff,” Blake said with a laugh.
“You make it sound boring,” Aaron complained.
Blake sobered. “No, and I’m sorry for teasing you a bit. You set the pace, Aaron. If you’re not ready for sex, you wait. If you are, you find someone who will respect you enough to take it slow, okay?”
Aaron reached out for his hand and held it tight. “Will you do it?” he asked.
Blake’s heart jumped in his chest. Was Aaron asking what he thought he was? “What do you mean?” He needed to be certain.
“I want you to be my first.”
He looked so cute and pretty and sexy, still in that gorgeous top and the tight jeans. But his words were cute and pretty, too, like a schoolgirl on prom night. Blake needed to manage expectations. “Aaron, I don’t do relationships. I like you, I really do, but don’t read more into this. I don’t date or hold hands or do romantic dinners.”
“That’s okay. I don’t need that. What I need is a safe place to gain some experience. You said it yourself, I need someone who respects me enough to take it slow. I want my first time to be good. I trust you. Please, Blake?”
Blake couldn’t help himself. He pulled Aaron close and brought their mouths together. At first, Aaron kept his mouth closed. Blake increased the pressure, licked his lips and pushed with his tongue until Aaron let him in. He angled his head a bit more, dove in deep. Aaron’s movements were slow, insecure, but he wound his arms around Blake’s neck and held on.
His mouth was sweet, hot. Blake tasted the peppermint Aaron so often suckled on, those white-and-red-striped ones. He teased Aaron’s tongue with his, until it responded, until they were doing a slick dance of push and pull. He was a fast learner, copying Blake’s moves at first, then coming up with a few of his own.
He was everything Blake usually avoided. Inexperienced, vulnerable, insecure. Yet kissing him did something to Blake’s body that he didn’t recognize. It triggered a hunger in him, a fierce need to possess, to own.
His hands lowered till they reached Aaron’s ass. He put one hand on each butt cheek, pulled Aaron close to him and ground his hips into him. The kid was hard again, and he himself had barely been soft since they had gotten into the dressing room. What was Aaron doing to him?
He broke off the kiss, swore softly at the sight of Aaron’s dazed look, his swollen lips. Fuck, Blake didn’t want to stop, not even close. He kissed him once more, the gentlest of kisses. “Not here. Not now.”
Aaron blinked. “But you’ll do it?”
“Tomorrow. I want you to have time to think about this, sleep on it. If tomorrow in the cold light of day you decide this is what you want, I’m your man.”
4 of 5 Stars
This is hands down my favorite of the series. We still have the insta-love that we’ve had in the last two books but the arc of the series is finally getting some traction. This is definitely not a standalone so go back to books 1 and 2 if you haven’t read them yet.
I love Blake. He seemed really aloof in the last two books but now that we see him open up he’s a really great guy. His history is a bit heartbreaking but I love that he’s doing something to help similar victims. He has a great relationship with his brothers. He shows extreme patience with Aaron.
While I understand more where Aaron is coming from I’m still not 100% sure I like him. I don’t dislike him as much but he’s not my favorite character. He finally gets some traction on his self-discovery and growth. I have hope that he and Josh can mend their relationship before the end of the series.
The arc story surrounding Indy comes to a head in this one. There are still a few loose ends and a couple of questions I have but we mostly have a resolution. It is very predictable at times but I was surprised by a couple of things. And yes, everything works out exactly as it should which is hard for some folks to enjoy but I liked it.
We get a lot of Noah, Indy, Josh and Connor in this one and each of them have moments of greatness.
I’m absolutely looking forward to the next book…I am intrigued by Miles and Brad and hope Charlie gets some happiness after all he’s been through!
When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.
Nora writes M/M romance, because hello, sexy boys, and likes her men flawed, strong, and a tad broken. She appreciates a little kink, but insists on a happy ever after.
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Make sure to read the previous two books first, as
No Fear is not a stand alone
Book 1 (No Filter): http://amzn.to/2CzxT2B
Book 2 (No Limits): http://amzn.to/2CC4hlp
Book 4 (No Shame): http://amzn.to/2F3KtsF
Will be released on Jan. 26th