Bullied as a kid, Ridley now fancies himself a fierce protector, his faux-hawk, piercings, and tattoos help provide a “don’t mess with me” vibe to would be tormentors. After yearning after the library assistant Alex, he steps in to protect the “mild mannered” book boy from the campus football jock bully, and a connection develops with his cute crush. From a quiet beginning in a campus library, the story moves to an extremely heated and rough encounter, followed both by wild violence and violently wild bedroom heat.
Overall the story encounters and the physical passion were very much on the rigorous (and pleasingly painful) side. As the publisher’s description indicates, the setting moves from the quiet of academia to much more rough and tumble themes that should tempt and please fans of strong and (heavenly) harsh but passionate men. The plot was intriguing enough for me, but the intimate sizzle was intensely heavy enough to just barely push this into my “Romantic Erotica” category (rather than “Adult Romance”). Still, readers who don’t mind their sizzling scenes to be rather rough and tumble can also enjoy a story of a sometimes halting and halted (but sometimes scorching) relationship, too.
And as an aside to all those who only see the mild manners in their friendly, local librarians, I know plenty of them have a tougher, wicked side, just like Alex. 😉
“That’s it,” Alex hissed. “Fuck yourself on my cock. Show me what a little slut you are.”
Initially published separately, BAMF is also available in the Dreamspinner Press Year Eight Greatest Hits anthology.