Early Review: Power Bottom by Rowan McAllister

Power BottomPower Bottom by Rowan McAllister
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 19th, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself?

Adrian wouldn’t have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he’s willing to try just about anything to repair the damage… even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.

Biker, bouncer, bartender, and tattoo artist, Wyatt is a rolling stone. After fifteen years, he is tired of a life on the run, but he isn’t sure he knows how to do anything else or if he has anything besides a physical relationship to offer.

What’s supposed to be a one-off turns into another and another, and the relationship looks promising until the mob and the FBI come knocking on Adrian’s door.

Wendy’s Review

I’ve actually read so many good M/M reads, especially after my discovery of TJ Klune, that I was positive I was due for a dud and I thought Power Bottom would be it.  There wasn’t anything that made me think it would be bad, I was just bracing myself.  My shining hope was that Power Bottom was a Dreamspinner Press book, and I don’t think think I’ve gotten a Dreamspinner dud yet.

Power Bottom wasn’t a dud at all.

There was so much to like about this book.  First, I really liked Adrian.  I have a thing for the awkward lead characters.  The ones who know just how nerdy and not hot they are.  I like this angle for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s how most of us feel about ourselves.  It makes characters like Adrian relateable.  I am nerdy.  I’m not ultra-cool.  I don’t say the right thing, and sexual situations make me feel like I’m fumbling.  (Or they would if I was the type to go try and pick some guy up in a bar. I don’t need to worry about those things, thank goodness!)  Then, the best part, is when the two characters meet and smoking hot Wyatt thinks Adrian (the nerd) is the sexiest, most adorable creature to ever walk the earth.  Who doesn’t swoon over that?  What nerd doesn’t want to be desired like that?  It’s the awkward character, paired with the a love interest who thinks his awkwardness is sexy that makes this trope so unbelievably romantic.

I also thought the dialogue between Wyatt and Adrian was sweet.  I hate unnecessary drama in a story, and Power Bottom didn’t have much.  The two characters tried to stay up front with each other, even when it was uncomfortable to do so.  Even though neither of them thought the relationship would last long term, they didn’t needlessly stay away.  (Not even when they thought they should.)

Unfortunately there were a few aspects of the story that did bring down my rating.  I’m not going to dwell on them, just toss them out really quickly so I can say I was honest.  First, the relationship felt like it moved too fast.  The book starts with Adrian already in a relationship.  His hookup with Wyatt was supposed to be about proving something to himself after being dumped, and from there it snowballed very fast into luuuurve.  It’s understandable.  The awkward one usually will fall fast, especially when their new lover has “a smile that’s pure sin”. -How many times have we read that line?- The speed with which they fell left me feeling more like this was a rebound story, and less like True Love.

Also, I thought the plot about the cops was a little contrived.  We didn’t need it.  There was plenty of good story with Wyatt and Adrian alone.

Overall though, I’d read more by Rowan McAllister.  I was smiling and happy throughout the read.  Highly entertained.

Thank you to Dreamspinner Press for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars = C+

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