Just Friends

Author: Ann Thomas

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Release Date: June 10, 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Eli Walsh has spent most of the past year being just good friends with Grant. They have a lot in common and Eli thought they were close but learning that his friend is into the S&M scene has him questioning how well he really knows Grant. One thing is for sure he’s determined to get to know him a whole lot better, even if he has to venture into uncharted territory and visit the Eagles Gentleman’s Club with the hopes that he can persuade Grant to take their friendship to the next level.

Wolf Grant enjoys the BDSM lifestyle but he never gets emotionally involved with any of his ‘partners.’ In his everyday life he’s a tough tattoo artist but in reality he’s been hurt by love in the past and isn’t anxious to try it again. He hadn’t even considered risking his friendship with Eli by becoming sexually involved with him - until he’s presented with an opportunity he can’t pass up.

Eli doesn’t know much about the world of BDSM but he isn’t going to let that stop him from going after the one man he desires. Grant may have been astounded to see Eli in the S&M club but when Eli confesses that he’s curious about the lifestyle but doesn’t know much about it. Grant can’t allow his friend to risk being hurt by a Dom on a power kick. If Eli really wants to lose his ‘BDSM virginity’ then Grant is going to make sure he’s introduced to it right and mentor him himself. He just didn’t realize that Eli's interest in the BDSM lifestyle is because he hopes by showing an interest Grant will see just how great they are together and want to be more then JUST FRIENDS.

Ann Thomas captures the uncertainty and fear that comes with risking friendship by falling in love. Eli and Grant have chosen to keep their relationship within the boundaries of simple friendship, but over time Eli’s feelings have evolved and he’s faced with the fact that he’ll either destroy their friendship forever by revealing his feelings or he’ll win the man of his dreams. While there’s no doubt in the reader’s mind that Grant is Dominant, there are times when Eli seems to switch roles and forces Grant to accept things about himself and their relationship. Eli and Grant are strong characters whom you develop an attachment while reading this story and I found that I kept wanting to read more about them - even after the story came to an end. Regardless of your sexual orientation, JUST FRIENDS is one story that most people can relate to, after all who hasn’t fallen for someone they considered ‘just a friend?’

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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