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Felice first introduced us to Austin and I fell in love. Austin is living two lives. In the daytime he is a dance instructor teaching kids to dance and at night, he is a go-go dancer at Man Up, a gay club. Austine has dreams and plans but he had no idea what the quiet man watching him from the back corner would bring to his life.
Rhodes is a bit of a lost soul after the tragic loss of his love but he is drowning in the loneliness and perhaps it is time to live again. He finally gives in and visits the club, Man Up, owned by his half-brother James. There is something about Austin the sparkly, colorful dancer at Man Up and Rhodes couldn’t seem to stay away. Nothing comes easy. Nothing is simple and Austin isn’t interested.
Sweet Frankie, another popular dancer at Man Up wants a second chance with Aaron even though things went so terribly the first time around. Because Frankie is so darn sweet and fun, with a hidden depth and strong character, we worry but want him to have perfect love and in his heart, the one for him is Aaron, despite their turbulent history. Will their second chance have a happy ending?
Cort is not in Texas anymore and he’s thankful for that. He is enjoying every minute of his time at Man Up as one of the most popular dancers and his webcam solos are another sign of his freedom since moving to NYC. Despite his popularity and lust for life, Cort notices things. He notices people and he especially notices the man who comes into the bookstore during a reading. Harlan is starving and there is food at the bookstore, during readings. Although he tries to stay unnoticed, Cort does notice him and he sees more than the surface. We met Harlan before and he isn’t easy to like, in fact, your feeling at meeting him again, after his treatment of Oren, may be a sense of disgust. Cort sees beneath the surface and he is very interested in getting to know this man.
James is watching the men around him pair up and fall in love starting with his brother Rhodes and Austin. Driven to success that to him means money, and fueled by the hate for his biological father who really never had any interest in James as a child. James was the forgotten son. The ignored son. The secret son. When James came to live with his father upon the death of his mother, he discovered that his brother Rhodes never knew he existed and even more hated the thought of his father’s cheating and as a result, hated James. Malcolm tried to sooth the way between the brothers. As Rhodes’ best friend from childhood, Malcolm was deeply invested in the happiness of his friend. He was also deeply interested in James. James who doesn’t trust anyone.
These are the men associated with Gay Club Man Up introduced to us by @FeliceStevens1
It’s time to travel with James and Malcolm through their twenty year history as they battle each other and struggle to hold on to a lifetime of secrets.
Never good enough.
Not the real son.
I will prove him wrong—prove everyone wrong.
I am someone.
I will succeed.
I don’t need my brother to help me.
I don’t need anyone.
My enemy holds my secret.
He teases me.
Follows me with his eyes.
Our hot, angry kisses keep me up at night.
I don’t want him.
I hate him.
But I can’t stop thinking about him.
That there’s more to him
I want to discover him.
The truth is unexpected.
My enemy might not only be my friend but the love I never thought to have.
Live, love, laugh.
Life is too short to worry when you don’t know how long you’ve got.
I want every day to be my best.
Like it’s my last.
My friends see what I let them.
Not the real me.
Only one man has ever crawled beneath my skin.
He drives me crazy.
Makes me wild.
Makes me care.
A night of bad decisions changes the course of my life.
Everything I’ve known no longer makes sense.
My enemy now stands by my side.
I’m no longer running.
I want to stay.
I want a future.
Hate has changed to something new and wonderful.
4 Top pick
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3. Passion and Romance
4. Toe-curling yumminess