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Heat Stroke is the second book in the Beach Kingdom series. The good news is that I haven’t read the first book (Mouth to Mouth) and didn’t need to, to thoroughly enjoy this.
Jamie Prince and Marcus O’Shaughnessy are unlikely friends who work together as lifeguards and at the family bar. Even though these two have very little in common they seem to spend an awful lot of time together. Marcus is well aware of the fact that Jamie is gay and that he is straight, so why the fascination?
Jamie and Marcus are some of the greatest characters I have read. Where Jamie is laid back and comfortable in his own skin, you have Marcus, the stereotypical gym junkie who constantly surprises you with his loyalty and devotion while coming to terms with his newfound sexuality. He was completely adorable. Once they both gave into their feelings they were combustible....
One of the most romantic books I've read this year. I loved the way they couldn't resist each other and how they were affected by the simplest things--or the hottest ones--the other one did. Marcus was so adorable, and I liked how Jamie dropped his guard down with Marcus. It was really sweet. Besides, the sex scenes are great (I wouldn't expect anything less from Tessa Bailey. She's one of my favorite authors).
Wow, I read this one a couple of times over and over again b/c I fell deeply and madly in love with the 2 main characters. The romance is funny as hell, and quite steamy. The supporting characters are well-written and have depth. The issue of depression/failure is a very good depiction and treated fairly here. I highly recommend reading this. I had no idea that Tessa could write a m/m romance.
I have never read an MM story by Tessa Bailey and now I wish she wrote more of them. This was delightful. It was heavier and more angsty than I thought I was going to be, but it just made the HEA feel truly deserved. Marcus and Jamie complimented each other so well, and it was a joy to watch them grow together. There was plenty of comedic relief to make the heartbreaking stuff tolerable too, which I always appreciate. If you want a good time summer read that actually has a lot of depth- pick this up!
"I wish so many things. But mostly I wish for you."
As soon as I saw that Heat Stroke is available for purchase I one-clicked it immediately! First of all it's a Tessa Bailey book and she's one of my most favorite authors ever!!! And second, I wanted to read Jamie's and Marcus' book so badly since I first met them in Mouth to Mouth. I couldn't wait to see how the brash, muscled big dude Marcus “Diesel” O’Shaughnessy falls in love with smart and sexy private school teacher Jamie Prince.
At first sight these two guys couldn't be more different. While Jamie is confident in his sexuality and preferences, Marcus is not. All he knows is that his heart beats louder when Jamie is around and that he can't stay away from him. But Jamie has enough of confused guys and doesn't want to travel this road again. As much as he tries to put a distance between him and Marcus, he can't deny that he secretly craves his attention.
Avoiding each other seems impossible when they spend every summer working as lifeguards together. And if that wasn't enough, Marcus works as a bouncer at the Castle Gate, a bar owned by the Prince brothers. So the inevitable happens and things get very hot between them. But can there ever be more than that? Jamie doesn't want to be somebody's dirty little secret. Will Marcus be brave enough to acknowledge his feelings and stand by his man?
These two guys made me swoon hard! Marcus was this sweet giant with a big mouth, who was always making jokes and hiding his fears and desires behind them. He was so protective of Jamie! *sigh* Jamie was very smart and confidant. I loved how he patiently guided Marcus trough everything that was new to him. Their love was genuine and yet so fragile. Once they allowed themselves to fall for each other and act on it, everything fell into place.
I can't believe that this is Tessa Bailey's first M/M book. She wrote it like a pro! There was hotness galore, but there were deep emotions too. These parts were my favorite and made me cry so much! I tear up every time I re-read them. I can only congratulate Tessa Bailey on another well-written and fantastic story that I'm putting on my most favorite read shelf. 5 stars
Have you ever read a book where it changes your view on love? This is what happened to me with this story. I have read M/M before. Just like F/M there are some that just melt you heart, and there are others that you just roll your eyes at. I swooned at this book. The love was so natural. There was no throwing m/m in your face to try to prove a point. It was love, laughter, and acceptance. These characters just grew on me so much. I feel like they are now my best friends and feel saddened that this book has ended. I wish I had friends like the Prince brothers and those they love. They are loyal to each other, fight for each other, and love each other. Jamie and Marcus are on both ends of the spectrum. One is book smart, one is gym smart. But they see each other. They see what others don’t take the time to see. Marcus is absolutely adorable. He is struggling with who he is, and he drawn to Jamie. He has been for 3 years. Jamie feels right and he can not figure out why or more he doesn’t want to accept why. Jamie doesn’t understand why he likes Marcus. Marcus should be everything that annoys him in life, but he cant help but like the guy. Especially when Marcus notices things about him that others don’t. Marcus makes him laugh and feel things. But he can’t do this again. Jamie was hurt beyond comprehension 6 years ago. We learn about this in Mouth to Mouth and a bit more in this story. He can not be in a ‘closeted’ relationship. It hurts to much. He tries to Push Marcus away. Marcus tries to back away. Forces would not let them. And oh their journey to love. It is full of laughter, passion, pain, and love. I can not being to describe my feelings on this story. I am shook. Read their story, you wont regret it.
Tessa Bailey’s ‘Heat Stroke’ is hands down the best book I’ve read so far in 2019, and that isn’t something that I say lightly. I’ll add to that the caveat that it’ll likely remain the best book I read in 2019, and even though I just devoured it in one sitting, I’m already gearing up to simply plop down and read it from start to finish all over again. It’s just that darn good. All gushing aside, and be prepared for more gushing since I simply cannot stop when it comes to this book, ‘Heat Stroke’ tells us the story of the middle Prince brother and the gym junkie Marcus that simply can’t seem to stay away from him, the reverse being true, even though the intellectually smart Jamie thinks he ought to know better. Their attraction is real, gritty, so evocative, and visceral. From being reminded of aspects of Jamie’s past, to Marcus needing to figure out who he is and what he wants from life, this book takes you on one heck of an emotional journey, one that had me equal parts laughing and sobbing as the narrative developed. I’m really not a crier when it comes to reading books or watching movies, but I had some tissues handy with this one, you know, just for the occasional sniffle. There is so much love in this book, and it manifests itself in so many forms. Tessa has done a simply amazing and stellar job of weaving it all together, showcasing the good, the bad, the ugly, and the glorious, with each word, each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter. If you haven’t already made Tessa Bailey a one-click author for you, do it now; you won’t regret it. ‘Mouth to Mouth’, the first book in the Beach Kingdom series was amazing, ‘Heat Stroke’ was phenomenal, which means that you know book three is going to be spectacular. Hop to it!
But Marcus and Jamie are by far the best thing about this novel.
Polar opposite, Marcus the gym fanatic, Jamie the smart teacher – you wouldn’t think that they had anything in common, but underneath the surface was what really counted and there they clicked.
Together they were amazing.
Really amazing!! Their dynamic, how well they understood each other, and the crazy way Marcus and Jamie completed each other was what kept me reading.
Unique personalities are rare and can make or break a book. For me it’s all about great writing and unique characters, and Jamie and Marcus were a fantastic couple. My favorite scenes were when they were together. The pull between them was epic. None was able to fight their attraction, or their ingrained willingness to do whatever was needed to make the other person happy. Jamie’s No always turned into Yes when it came to Marcus. And Marcus was just this big teddy bear who wanted to please Jamie. I could have eaten him up.
So, if this book would have been just about Jamie and Marcus, finding their way without having to worry about other peoples ideas and their homophobic tendencies, especially as it can be found in some families, this book would have been a 5 star. But alas it became predictable. Most M/M books have the same plot. The uniqueness is falling to the wayside, and I feel like the M/M genre is becoming generic – including cookie cutter plots.
Consequently I started skipping the inner monologues, the repetitive thoughts and concerns – I got bored.
But I did not get bored with the sex scenes – wowzer!!!Those were HOTTTT! I’ll be honest and admit right here that I’m turned on by well written M/M sex scenes and the author certainly knows how to write them. Like I said the couple really did it for me. Not only in the bedroom – lol.
Jamie and Marcus deserve a 5 star rating, the rest of the book not so much.
I have to admit- M/M romances have never really interested me. However, after reading Mouth to Mouth, and seeing the interaction between Jamie and Marcus, I knew the book would be a one-click for me. I found it, read it, and got all the feels in ONE day. I ALMOST finished it before GoT S8E5 came on! I’m glad I went ahead and watched the show so I could give the ending to this wonderful book the time it so richly deserved. Jamie Prince is, well, a “prince” of a guy. Smart, successful, sexy and tired of being some in-the-closet man’s secret. Due to an incident in his past, he’s wary of Marcus, who is, most definitely, NOT gay. He’s a man’s man, with the pin-up tattoo and gym rat body. However, he has feelings he doesn’t understand and can’t cope with when he’s around Jamie. The journey these two men take to find their happy place is filled with misunderstandings and disappointments, but when it’s all said and done, you have a truly wonderful love story. Thank you, Tessa, for giving me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and for making it a sweet and sexy journey!