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.
I haven’t read anything by Rowan McAllister before so I had no real expectations going into reading Power Bottom? other than a book about a guy finding his self esteem after the a-hole ex dumps him for something better. This came through with some additional elements that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There elements of intrigue, danger, a grumpy old man (because that always makes for a good story for me!) and a man who hadn’t stayed in one place for very long since he was 15.
It took a lot of nuts for Adrian to go back to that bar after all his ex had said to him. Even knowing that Wyatt had made his desires very clear, with the ringing taunts in his ears, it would take anyone an enormous amount of bravery to step outside his comfortable box, and embrace a moment that he never had, a situation he couldn’t anticipate, and feelings he never expected.
Adrian’s emotions were real. These were the emotions of someone, of anyone, who lost all faith in themselves. His confidence was shot, and yet he stepped up, going after what he wanted, and seeing it through.
These two men were able to connect, slowly at first, beyond their sexual relationship. The secrets between them were not insurmountable, and as a reader, they were entirely believable from the perspective of a new relationship.
The ending was fast paced, exciting, and involved a lot of danger for everyone. What a great way to continue to see Adrian’s transformation from the meek accountant with little self esteem, to a man who was willing to stand up and fight for the love he’d earned.
4 pieces of eye candy