Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Henry Delliot, Ecco Rasmussen
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home, and the snow. He also loves that the X-treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes.
Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding. He knows he’ll never make it to the big time, but as long as he can get on his board and go, he doesn’t care. If only his manager, Blake Dobbs, would cut Ecco a break. The man’s possessive and mean, and believes he owns Ecco.
When Henry and Ecco meet at the Branchberry Games, it’s lust at first sight. An injury on Ecco’s qualifying run offers an opportunity to spend quality time together at Henry’s home, away from the crowds and out from under Blake’s thumb.
At this rate, lust might turn into love, but not if they can’t keep their romance hidden from Blake.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.
X-Factor by Sean Michael is a sexy read between two heroes that discover the healing powers of unconditional love. This is the second edition of this book and although I have a copy of both editions, I enjoyed this version a lot because it was a tighter, well-edited read.
When it comes to writing sex scenes, Ms. Michael’s knows how to steam up a computer screen. The chemistry between Ecco and Henry was intense and very sexy to watch unfold. I liked how they really seemed to have gotten to know one another both in a physical and emotional way.
When Ecco and Henry first meet, they seemed like total opposites. Ecco is a successful X-treme boarder and has a zest for life. He’s fun and flirty but behind his upbeat persona lies the pain of being in an abusive relationship that he’s been desperately trying to end. On the other hand, Henry is a very successful game designer who is sweet and kind and lives in a remote cabin all alone. Though he spends much time alone, Henry loves to watch the X-treme games and when he spots Ecco he is immediately drawn to his sunny, outgoing personality and his sheer talent at snowboarding.
As the two men meet and get to know each other, it was easy to see how their differences began to merge into things in common. They get to experience and see life in a different way and both heroes easily fall into a loving, strong relationship.
I really liked this book. Ms. Michael’s often writes likeable characters and in X-Factor she doesn’t fail to live up these standards. I could easily see why these two men fell in love and I enjoyed the story they had to tell. As per most of Ms. Michael’s books there is a lot of sex scenes in this one. As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed the chemistry they had, but I can’t help but wish there had been a little less of them and more heart to heart content and conversation between Ecco and Henry.
If you are looking for a quick, sexy read then look no further because X-Factor is the book for you. It’s a satisfyingly sexy book that would be a good choice for a lazy afternoon read.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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