Review: C*ck Blocked by K.C. Kassidy (Blockers #1)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity.
C*ck Blocked is the first book in the Blockers series from K.C. Kassidy, which is Sierra Hill's pen name for books dedicated to LGBTQ romance. I've read some of Hill's work in the past, one of them being Change of Course, the third book in her Change of Hearts series and an M/M romance. While that didn't click with me the way I hoped the first two in the series did, I was still curious enough to check out the author's first foray using the new pen name and with a series starter whose blurb certainly had me paying attention.
Grayson Darling appreciates his lot in life, but while he doesn't take his success as an actor for granted, he relishes the time he's able to get and simply be who he really is. You see, as much as he's seen as a ladies' man, Gray isn't as straight as he's perceived to be. Taking time off is easier said than done, of course, but staying a while in a bed and breakfast in the Irish countryside should help inspire him to work on his script. Meeting former footballer turned farmer Niall O'Reardon, though, is about to change everything.
This book held promise, and for all intents and purposes, I appreciate K.C. Kassidy's efforts in trying to bring the sweet and the steamy and everything in between. I do think Gray and Niall had some chemistry, and I liked that they were opposites who could teach the other a thing or two. However, the story doesn't really offer anything new. The story line has been done time and again (and time and again), and I was really hoping to be pleasantly surprised in some shape or form. But nope, it all played out as I expected it to.
I know this is the author's third try at M/M romance--I've only read her second one under her Sierra Hill moniker--and I do have a soft spot for this sub-genre. Unfortunately, just like with my aforementioned experience with her most recent M/M romance, my reaction to the story as a whole was tepid at best. The ending also felt both rushed and oddly abrupt. I know there's a bonus epilogue for newsletter subscribers, so maybe everything is more properly wrapped up there. All things considered, C*ck Blocked gets three stars.
Date Read: 28 June 2021
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