Title: Illicit Relations
Terry’s had a crush on his second cousin Justin for what seems like forever. He’s hidden it as well as possible, knowing that the other man is out of bounds, forbidden fruit. Second cousins getting together isn’t actually illegal, but for Justin the relationship is too close—he just can’t contemplate them being together.
But when some new information comes to light about Terry’s birth and his place in the family, the whole game changes. Suddenly the relationship isn’t so impossible, and things soon begin to get hot and heavy.
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Mean Girls, Grand Slam, His: Manlove Edition, A Taste of Rome
Published: 18 December, 2013
Genres: M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance
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I know that I can’t go wrong with a book by Lucy Felthouse: trust me, if you want sexy, steamy shorts with a dash of humanity and humor this is an author to add to your list. And this story was no exception. Illicit Relations is focused on Terry, and his 2nd cousin Justin. The two come from a large family, where gatherings are common and attendance is mandatory. But Terry has a few secrets: at 30 he is a virgin and gay, he hasn’t come out to his family or friends, and even worse, he has a massive attraction to his cousin.
Justin is also gay and closeted, with a similar attraction for Terry, but that familial connection keeps them at the ‘cousins only destined to fantasize about one another forever zone’. Terry’s ever watchful Mum notices the sparks flying between the two, and a few very pointed questions and statements later, she is demanding that Terry attend a family gathering where everything will be resolved.
There was some fabulous interplay with family members and the couple here: where I had some moments of unreality was the plausibility of the two men, at 30, both being virgins as they were waiting for an attraction to someone else to scratch the itch they had for one another. I’m not saying that it’s not possible, I just didn’t find that element to have much grounding in believability for me, especially as their consummation of the relationship and several subsequent encounters are smoothly executed, without great moments of doubt or questions. What the virginal element DID provide, however, was a nice boost to the romantic quotient of the story, and it’s always all about the characters and their ability to show me their connection, and make me want to smile when they finally work their way to their own happy moments.
One of the sweeter stories as it unfolded of the M/M romance that I have read, the sex is hot and steamy, and enhanced by the POV of the characters in the wonder of the moment, and the descriptions used. At just over 60 pages, this isn’t a long and complicated read, but a quick reading story that gives detail and breath to the characters, and provides some incredibly steamy moments for readers, leaving everyone with a smile.