Title: In Too Deep
Author: Saloni Quinby
Publisher: Changeling Press
Characters: Keith, Tucker
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
The gorgeous Domanico triplets — or the Daring Doms — have a taste for danger. Right now Tucker, Mitch and Quint — a lifeguard, a firefighter and a bounty hunter — are single, but that’s about to change…
Advice columnist Keith is great at fixing other people’s problems, but his own sex life is dead. Every day when he looks out his office window, he sees gorgeous lifeguard Tucker on duty and dreams about being Tucker’s guy.
Dressed as a fallen angel, Keith attends a Halloween party. Looking drop-dead gorgeous in a glam rocker costume, Tucker approaches Keith to hook up. The lifeguard is hotter than the California sun and Keith knows he has fallen in love, but he fears that confessing his feelings too fast will scare Tucker off. When Tucker risks his life during a rescue, they know that their relationship isn’t just fun and games, but the real thing.
I liked this novella immensely. Keith, the advice columnist, is cute but insecure, and Tucker, the lifeguard, is hot but insecure. Yet they try to get past these issues because they really like and want each other. A dangerous situation puts them in a position where they need to come clean or lose what they might have together.
This story has it all, despite its short length. Great, realistic and likeable characters; wonderful lively dialogue; hot sex; and obstacles born of too much introspection and not enough confidence. In fact, there was nothing I didn’t like about this tale. Even the insta-love made sense here, as both men ask of themselves the question how long does it take to fall in love? They both have fallen, but trusting the truth of it in real life is not so hearts-and-flowers romantic, now is it?
The writing, the pace, the dialogue, the internal ponderings. All good. A great romance with believable guys, a sweet romance, and a positive outcome. Highly recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan