Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Slow Burn (Impressions #5) by Talia Carmichael

Slow Burn (Impressions #5)
by Talia Carmichael
Published March 14th 2014 by Totally Bound (available for early download)

My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars 

After an unexpected kiss, a man finds himself with a dilemma…
Gregory Morris has a problem. He isn’t gay but he’s attracted to one of his best friends and has no clue what to do about it. Gregory decides the best way is just to kiss him and let nature take its course. With that one kiss, Gregory finds himself wanting his friend even more. Now he just has to prove that he is serious.
Braden Charles notices his friend Gregory seems to be avoiding him and he has no clue what he’s done. When Gregory finally says he wants to talk Braden is relieved to find out what is wrong, that is until Gregory kisses him. After the kiss the idea that his friend wants him when he is not gay bothers Braden. He’s not going to be drawn in by a man who is only gay for him—it is myth and will only lead to heartbreak.
Gregory’s next action is something Braden never expected and he has to face the fact that Gregory is serious. Braden has a man who he can see in his life forever but does Gregory think it’s an experiment. Attraction builds in a slow burn that will last forever.
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
The title is Slow Burn which basically implies something delicious is simmering over low fire that had been set to kindle for quite a bit of time and allowed the flavors to mesh together.

The impression I got when reading this particular installment was: wham, bam, the end.

It is true that Greg and Braden were a mighty hot couple to think over when first reading the blurb and after reading the first books of this series. However, this was just was not that hot nor was it that erotic either.

I do like how their story came out. The angst of Greg's father added a little bit of spice to this stew but basically what overwhelmed this particular story was the fast pace of the plot that got too fast and out of hand and came out half cooked. I am happy that Greg and Braden got their own story at last, but really, it was Clint that caught my attention. 

For entertainment factor, this was just a bit too fast paced and this came out more like a short read. It would have been nice to have a bit more depth to the story and it would have made the romance between these two men sizzle. 

Do I regret reading this? Definitely not. It was a nice read overall but it did come out as a light and short read when really, it was not.

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