Swap Meet by Lolita Lopez
French billionaire Max Dantes never expected to spend his Saturday night at a sex-partner swap meet in one of Houston’s swankiest hotels. When smoking-hot firefighter Chris Collins hits on Max, his night takes an even more unexpected turn. Soon he’s pinned to a mattress beneath the sexiest specimen of raw masculinity he’s ever seen…and questioning everything he’s ever believed about himself.
Chris went to the swap meet looking for a fling but finds so much more. Soon Max is treating him to the kind of luxuries only a billionaire can offer. But when Max wants something more than an illicit tryst, Chris bolts. He’s just not ready for that kind of commitment or the potential consequences—and prejudices—of going public.
Or is he? But by the time Chris realizes his mistake, it just might be too late.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Every now and then a classic plot suits die hard romance fans. Here the French billionaire Max falls in love with firefighter Chris. Although Max has never had a relationship with a man before, he soon discovers the passion and intensity is everything that’s been missing from his attempts with women. Max decides to throw caution to the wind and dive into the relationship with Chris. The only snag is that Chris is not exactly out to his firefighting brethren and more than that, he’s worried about the rather large disparity between their two lives. Love may not be enough for Chris.
The plot reads very similar to any well known romance fan. Of course this is published through Ellora’s Cave so that’s not shocking. It still works as an m/m romance though and fans of hot sex will certainly be pleased. There is a ton of sex in this book as the opening scene is Max in his first explorations of gay sex with Chris. From there the two men develop their relationship through, you guessed it, more sex. Now the story does a decent job in showing how each man’s emotions deepen with the successive sexual encounters, all the while giving readers some detailed and lengthy erotica scenes to enjoy.
There are some tension elements thrown in such as Chris’ reluctance to be really out in a relationship and Max’s heady wealth. Unfortunately these are the weakest elements because Chris waffles on them. One moment he’s worried about what his friends and co-workers will think and then the next minute he’s ok with it then back again. The same with Max’s money. One moment he wants to leave because he doesn’t belong in Max’s world and the next minute he loves Max enough to try and back again. Unfortunately this waffling feels authentic but too easy. While these could be great issues, instead they feel forced and thrown in to keep the tension going and prolong the happy ending. Not annoyingly so but more in a rather obvious way.
The happy ending is typically preceded by a big event that immediately sweeps all the issues aside. Again this isn’t annoying but obvious and well telegraphed. The story isn’t trying to create a fresh and different story so much as staying true to well recognized outlines. On the whole not horrible but also not especially memorable. A nice, easy read with plenty of sex for entertainment and quick enough not to bore most readers. Entertaining and fun if you’re looking for something lighter.