Monday, 18 May 2009

Review – Passion – M.L. Rhodes




The Blurb

As the owner and CEO of his own company, Robert Bauer has spent the past fifteen years building his business into a multi-million-dollar corporation. It’s taken all his time and energy, which hasn’t left much room for a personal life, especially a love life. That’s fine with Robert because he doesn’t believe in the "L word" anyway. Lately, however, every time he goes to his favorite bar, he can’t keep his eyes and thoughts off Jesse McIntyre, the gorgeous bartender with the soulful blue eyes. Even though Robert’s not looking for a relationship, and tries to shake the attraction, he can’t get the younger man out of his system. There’s just one problem...he believes Jesse’s straight.

Jesse’s been on the run from his old life for the past two and a half years. Even though he slings drinks at a gay bar, he has a hard and fast rule about never hooking up with customers. He’s been down that road before, and though his physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones aren’t so easy to forget. He lets his customers assume he’s straight because it makes it easier to keep his distance. That is, until the businessman with the sexy smile starts coming into the bar. Jesse’s drawn to Robert, even though he knows there’s no way a wealthy, powerful man like that would ever be interested in a tattooed, college drop-out bad boy like him. But even if Robert weren’t his opposite, it wouldn’t matter anyway, because Jesse’s determined not to break his rules for anyone.

When fate throws them together, and they find themselves alone for a weekend, the passion that has silently simmered for months ignites a firestorm that leaves them both shaken. Will it be enough, though, to convince Robert, who’s sworn to never fall in love, that he might be pushing away the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or to force Jesse to face his fears once and for all and learn to trust his heart?


The Review

Robert Bauer enjoys all the things that life has to offer him, pleased with the fact that his company is weathering the financial turmoil better than most; he takes things easy and reminisces about the things he overlooked and missed out on, while building up his business. As he has never believed in the “L” word, he has never put much stock in the fact that he has never developed any personal relationships. Now that has changed, and it’s all down to a bartender who has never given him the time of day but who has left him unsure of wherever he’s even in the game or not.


As Robert took in the sights of the pub at a glance, he was struck again by how damned good he felt. Energized, yet relaxed. Ready for…well, whatever adventure might await him.

He peeled off his coat and noticed a couple of younger men and one guy about his age or a little older with a nice bod and graying hair already eyeing him, measuring him up as a potential hook-up. He eyed them back and smiled, letting it be known he was in the market tonight.

Oh, yeah. He felt certain it was going to be a good night, and all that warm-fuzzy home and hearth, love and romance BS of earlier this evening would fade away as soon as he had his arms around a hard, hot body. This was the way his life was meant to be. This was what it was all about.

And then, like steel drawn inevitably to a magnet, his gaze fell on the one person in all the world who could, and did, cause everything else to fade away.

Robert’s pulse pounded. His breathing came out in slow huffs. And his groin tightened in an ache that was one part lust and two parts agony for what it could never, ever have.

Jesse McIntyre.

The pub’s buff, bearded, blue-eyed, extremely hot, extremely fuckable, and extremely straight and way off-limits bartender...

Passion © M.L. Rhodes


Jesse is just getting his life back together, albeit that it is now going on a few months and he is still literally hiding his light under the guise of being a straight bartender. The only person that he seems to perk up for, is the handsome man that keeps coming into the bar and giving him the once over whenever he thinks he’s not being noticed.

When they end up in each others company through a quirk of fate and a whole lot of convincing, all the old insecurities come bursting forth between the two. With only knowing each other for a short while Robert is not convinced he can’t be everything Jesse needs and Jesse knows he’s been down this road before, but can he trust Robert enough to get them through this?

M.L. Rhodes is an author that one would consider an experience; you don’t just read her books. She drags you into her world and is not willing to let you go that easily, she teases you with words that are packed with emotions, she introduces us to characters and you just never know where they will turn up, and the sex scenes leaves you most definitely wanting more.

Jesse and Robert are men, and while showing the world that they can get on and get by, they are weighed down by emotional issues that they have to deal with before all is lost – sooner rather than later.

M.L. Rhodes’ PASSION is a wonderful addition to add to your shelf.



12 Speak To Me:

Leontine on 18 May 2009 at 11:58 said...

This blog of yours is going to be soooo bad for me *wicked laughter*

M.L. Rhodes has been on my horizon for a while but I never really got to decide which book I wanted to try from her...until i read the quote in your review and your thoughts!

Friday is book-order day and this one is going to be one of the books ordered. E.H., thanks for this enticing review :D


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2009 at 12:44 said...

Hey Leontine ..

I am here to give maximum pleasure - and I love visitors..

M.L. Rhodes - is so on my bookshelf... I have to say I enjoy all her books..

Please try Under My Skin(series)- so good

I am off to get Satisfaction - the follow up to this..


Mandi on 18 May 2009 at 13:00 said...

I have heard great things about ML Rhodes. I will definitely try her My Skin series.:)

Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2009 at 13:29 said...

Hey Mandi..


M.L.Rhodes is always a welcome read for me.. You will love under My Skin..


Leontine on 18 May 2009 at 13:42 said...

I just bought the paperback versions of Under My Skin and Always from M.L. Rhodes and Jourdan Lane with the first in Soul Mates. I just couldn't resist their pull and I am in need for more of M/M stories LOL

Guess seek and you shall @ Erotic Horizon LOL


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2009 at 13:46 said...

A bit grin is on my face " I am in need for more of M/M stories"
That's me everyday..

You come back and let me know how you get on..

Especially the Joudan Lane - Happy Happy Reading..


Lea on 18 May 2009 at 15:18 said...

Wow, just wow:

This book sounds so good. Man - I'm running out of space on my e-reader and the avalanches are increasing from the TBR.

Wonderful review EH...

I am so drawn to the cover art.

Warm Regards

Lily on 18 May 2009 at 15:22 said...

Great review EH

I absolutely love ML Rhodes, her writing is fantastic.


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2009 at 15:49 said...

Hey Lea..

Ms .Rhodes writing is something wonderful to experience...

Hope you get the chance to read her soon.


Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2009 at 15:50 said...


She is good -isn't she..


Anonymous said...

Great review EH! Sounds like a good book.

Erotic Horizon on 18 May 2009 at 20:27 said...

Hey Ms. M

Yeah, it's an easy read - but anything by Ms. Rhodes and I am good.