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.
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.
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.