Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.
Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.
Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.
Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place…where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.
But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living. Lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.
Warning: Contains references to abuse, subversive ideas about sexual identity and gender expression, and a free-range bisexual on a mission.
Author: Charley Descoteaux
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: February 23, 2016
Genres: M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Menage, Transgender Romance
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My initial attraction to Torque was the cover. It hinted at pain and turmoil and possibly getting gritty and dirty. Reading the blurb also gave me the impression as well. Mick on the run from biker culture, definitely sounds gritty especially when you throw in the story takes place in a wrecking yard. Scotty has anger issues and his best friend is Mercy. Sounds like I was in for a menage! Torque had all this other little bait words to draw me in for a good read. So I grabbed a copy and then…
I knew from the very beginning of the book I was going to have trouble. For starters, I did not expect to encounter a transgender character. Let me tell you I had to recheck Mercy and Scotty’s first ‘introduction’ to the story a couple of times before I got it. Ah. Yeah not what I really was in the market to read but I went with the flow. However, things just went downhill for me there. I just couldn’t engage with any of the characters. Mick is on the run from a ‘biker culture’ yet when his backstory comes out I was left thinking that’s a biker culture??? Also, why he is on the run was supposed to be this big deal and when the big truth is revealed, I was left feeling not impressed. As for Mercy and Scotty – they’re best friends that also have benefits and…that’s it. All right we find out a bit why Scotty has angry issues and how long Mercy has been living as a female.
I get at 144 pages the author needs to be quick in drawing in a reader, telling their stories, throw in some drama and tie it all off with a HEA. Okay there was drama, and yes, we get their back-stories. We even get a ménage as well as separate sex scenes. Frankly, there just wasn’t anything about Mick, Scotty or Mercy that I found I was curious about. It’s a sad day when the only thing you found remotely interesting about a book was the cat. I finally gave up called this book a DNF around 70%. At this time, I have no interest on reading any more books by this author.