The Delaneys and Me

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Title and Link: The Delaneys and Me
Author: Anne Brooke
Publisher URL: Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary M/M/M
Length: Amber Kiss (8K words, 35 pages)
Rating:   4.25 stars out of 5

 Summary Review    

Anne Brooke has penned a lovely short story that will have you in stitches with its funny dialogue and sex on demand, as our hero, Liam, tries to repay his debt and live another day. Two scoundrels who are not to be trifled with show Liam that being “buggered” can be a delightful thing.     

  THE BLURB    

When Liam makes a scene in the middle of a restaurant after his boyfriend, Brandon, dumps him, he knows Brandon’s cousins, the Delaney twins, will be after him. The Delaneys head up the local gangster scene and are not to be messed with. Liam knows their retribution is imminent, especially since, in the heat of the moment, he threatened to take what he knows (and, really, he doesn’t know much) to the police.

 It’s a recipe for disaster.     

But when the Delaneys confront Liam, they give him a choice between being shot or having sex with both of them, and Liam senses that his evening might turn out to be rather more interesting than originally expected…   
 
THE  REVIEW

 
Liam was running scared. He had offended the Delaney twins and he realized that he may not have long for this earth. What’s a man to do? Beg for his life? Check. On his knees? Check. Go all out and agree to give it up? Check.    

Poor Liam broke up with his boyfriend and created a scene in one of the nicest restaurants in town, Luigi’s.  He did something he would never have done had he been thinking straight, but he was mad at being dumped after several months in what he thought was a great relationship. He made a few hasty threats to his BF, loudly. Unfortunately, he was too loud, and word got back to the Delaney twins who were not the kind of people that took threats against members of their family lightly. You don’t want to trifle with them.   

The next evening after “the incident” Liam was accosted by the Delaneys who demanded a forfeit – his life, or his body to do with as they wished for as long as they chose. Liam was only too happy to give up his body to be ravaged since he had thought all along that he was going to be killed. He had had visions of his neighbours giving their statements to the police when his body was found, riddled with bullets. Being given the option of captive sex with the duo was quite a relief and very attractive, especially since the twins were rather hot.

After publicly humiliating Liam in the same restaurant by making him apologise to Luigi on his knees as well as watching the twins as they ate, and being fed scraps from their plates, it was time for the main event, and Liam was quite looking forward to his ‘punishment.’ He was determined that if he was going to be raped, the better option to getting shot, he would make sure that he enjoyed it. As it turned out, it wasn’t punishment after all. 

I enjoyed this book a lot especially the prose and dialogue and here are a few examples  - 

The Delaneys lived on the shady side of town. I don’t mean where the majority of the trees are. They’re not really park people. No, I mean on the shady side of the law.

 “…my brother tends to be a little trigger happy and I’m willing to let him shoot your balls off right here and right now. Don’t worry. He won’t kill you. We’re not unreasonable men, and the hospital’s not far. You won’t die, though I wouldn’t bet on being a father any time soon. Not, of course, that you’re the sort of man to be concerned with family life.”  

What I liked   

>The Delaney twins who projected just the right touch of the criminal element. Their heart pumping, scary threats against Liam kept him on his toes, although I found them to be more droll than scary.

What I didn’t like 

>The abject humilation that Liam was subjected to in the restaurant by apologising to Luigi while on his knees and being kept there throughout dinner. 
>I wasn’t too fond of Liam  who was a whiny, snivelling coward, but I suppose when your life is on the line you would probably do anything to save it, including begging.

Overall I liked this book, despite the fact that it was told from Liam’s POV and his character was a bit over the top as the cowardly victim of his own misfortune. The characterizations were well drawn and the Delaneys demonstrated the right amount of menace, especially while holding a gun on Liam. I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem which had a nice surprise ending.

If you’re looking for a short hot read that has the bonus of being funny then The Delaneys and Me should be on your “to buy” list.

13 thoughts on “The Delaneys and Me

  1. LadyM

    I think I’ll skip this one. Humiliation and non-con just aren’t my thing. I know this suppose to be a fantasy, but I always have trouble believing the concept: “if I’m going to be raped, I may as well enjoy it”. Sure, it may be a better option to death, but I can never, ever buy the enjoyment part, no matter how hot are the rapists or charming the writing. Whiny protag isn’t good incentive either.

    I thought the gay gangsters were good idea, but now that I’ve read you review, I don’t think so. Thank you.

    1. Wave Post author

      Lady M
      The humiliation I mentioned was only in the restaurant – I guess the Delaneys were teaching Liam a lesson. :) The non con was only implied because Liam was not forced – he definitely was enjoying himself and even proposed a few moves, if you know what I mean. The book really was very funny. I don’t know if that helps.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Aliens
      I liked the book a lot but then I read a lot of gay fiction as well as M/M romances. The writing was really funny.

  2. Lily

    Great review. I’m not sure about this one though. Is there any ‘romance’ in this book or is it just sex and a bit of humiliation thrown in?

    1. Wave Post author

      Lily
      This is not a romance but I would categorise it as gay fiction with a HFN ending. Does that help? The humiliation in the restaurant was a bit much for me but I liked the rest of the book.

  3. Tam

    I liked the way Liam’s brain worked. He was so random and was worried that one of the twins would be upset his walkway was too short for pacing and weird stuff like that.

    I agree though it’s not romance, still a short fun read.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Tam
      Living in Liam’s head was an experience. :)
      Although he was a snivelling coward IMO as mentioned in the review, I also think he was manipulative in the way that he got the twins to do what he wanted in the end.

      Definitely not a romance but a really fun read.

  4. Anne Brooke

    Thanks for the review, Wave – much appreciated. It’s my first ever m/m/m so I’m glad it was okay – I really wasn’t confident writing it! Tried to make the restaurant scene funny and a bit naughty too – so sorry that didn’t come across – will bear it in mind for next time. :)

    Many thanks again!

    Axxx

  5. Wave Post author

    Anne
    The sex was great and I loved the twins. I think if the restaurant scene with Liam on his knees had ended when he apologised to Luigi that would have been funny (it was), but when he was left on his knees throughout dinner being fed scraps, that reminded me of a ‘pet’ in a BDSM story. :)

    The M/M/M aspect of the story worked for me.

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