In Review: Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted May 6, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyTop Secret by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
Publication date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 280 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

LobsterShorts, 21
Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?

SinnerThree: All the time. I'm an equal opportunity player. You?

LobsterShorts: [crickets!]

SinnerThree, 21
Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF.

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries...

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing...

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when the ARC for Top Secret hit my Kindle. Separately, Sarina and Elle are two of my top fave authors. Together? They’re freaking magical. Their co-authored romances are at the top of my favorite m/m romance list. I’m thrilled — and totally unsurprised — to say Top Secret landed there, too.

Keaton and Luke were the freaking best. I loved these guys. I was a little unsure how the whole story would pan out, what with Keaton looking for a threesome for his girlfriend for her birthday and all. But it turns out I had absolutely no reason to worry. (Which, come on, I should’ve known. Sarina and Elle wouldn’t let me down.) From their initial messages to each other — which got SUPER HOT — to their discovery of each other’s identities and all that came after, I was here for it. Top Secret was funny, sexy, sweet and even knocked me in the feels a couple times.

I don’t read a ton of new adult OR m/m romance these days, but I will make an exception for this author duo any day of the week. Their characters and stories are just so flipping good. I didn’t want to stop reading Top Secret once I started. It was literally unputdownable. Keaton and Luke made me smile. Like, the entire time I was reading it. Or at least when I wasn’t blushing. ? Not to be a totally greedy reader (which I am), but I hope to see more of them in the future. I could easily see Top Secret as the kickoff to a new series… and I hope it is.

Favorite Quotes:

The whole setup is irresistible. Hot frat brother who wants to be fucked? They make gay porn like this because real life doesn’t actually work this way.

I’m just a guy, standing on a beach in nothing but his favorite pair of lobster shorts, waiting for the right man to love me. 

About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

Let’s Chat

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