Wicked Cool by Val Kovalin
M/M contemporary romance
Cover Art by Trace Edward Zaber
Junk removal specialist Stu Van der Meer has been burned before in love affairs with corporate professionals who underestimate him as a blue-collar guy who's good with his hands. When he meets property manager Brian Hawthorne, he knows that he shouldn't get involved with him, especially since he senses that Brian might be in serious trouble.
However, he can't ignore their immediate sexual chemistry. He also can't deny his curiosity about Brian's secret past, specialized knowledge, and unusual accent. Brian has something to hide, and it tests the limits of each man's willingness to trust the other as Stu pursues the truth.
Is Brian a criminal? A victim? Is he only using Stu as a distraction from his fears? As their relationship deepens, Stu must decide what risks he will take to protect them when Brian faces a threat from the past.
contemporary gay romance
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Review Jordan Castillo Price on Goodreads.com (rating 5 out of 5)
"Kink is something in erotic romance that usually turns me right off, because it can so often seem implausible, tacked-on, or just plain dumb. In Wicked Cool I was riveted. This is kink how it should be done: raw and needy, and integral to the character arcs and the way the two characters converge.[ …] While I never saw the big reveal coming, I felt like every thread had led to it, and it was the perfect culmination of everything that had led up to it."
Review from Jenre at Well Read blog:
Very Good rating. "There were a number of well written sex scenes which were also used to show something about the character of the men. [...] Overall I enjoyed Wicked Cool. It was a nicely written contemporary with well rounded characters and a tightly paced plot. I may not have liked it as much as the author's previous book, but it still showed that Val Kovalin is an author to watch out for and I shall be picking up any of her subsequent books."
Review from author Eden Winters at Goodreads.com:
5 Stars out of 5. "Fast paced and full of action, Wicked Cool is just that -- wicked cool. The intrigue kept me riveted to the story, and what a hot sex scene!"
Review from author Anne Brooke at Goodreads.com:
"Gripping story with two wonderful protagonists - I loved it!"
Also see the review by reviewer Lily at Reviews by Jessewave (rating 4 out of 5)
Review by author Feliz Faber on Goodreads.com (rating 5 out of 5)