Monday, 26 April 2010

Review - Swap Meet © Lolita Lopez

Swap Meet

Author: Lolita Lopez

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Genre: Contemporary M/M

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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.


Max had never been in a place so sexually charged. His body buzzed with the tension saturating the air. The walls of the room practically pulsed with lust and heat and need. His idle gaze moved around the bar, taking in the offerings. None of the women appealed to him. They were all beautiful and primped but they just weren’t right. He wanted something he couldn’t quite name.

For some time now, he’d struggled with his inability to pinpoint what, exactly, was missing from his life. Women threw themselves at him on a daily basis. The perks of being a jetsetting billionaire, he supposed. He’d sampled most of the world’s most luscious beauties and yet never had he felt that connection, that sizzling snap of rightness when two lovers came together and sparked.

And he wanted that. He craved that more than anything. Would he find it here, tonight?

The sensation of a lingering gaze caught Max’s attention. He surreptitiously looked in the direction of the heated stare. A ripple of surprise shook his core. He’d met the gaze of a ruggedly handsome younger man. He wore his dark hair short and rakishly unkempt. His tailored suit outlined a muscular form, the kind of body one spent hours maintaining. The darkened atmosphere of the bar made it nearly impossible for Max to see the man’s eye color. Light, he guessed, maybe green or blue.

Max swallowed hard, a bit uncomfortable under the man’s intense gaze. He’d been checked out by men before but never like this. The guy was relentless. Max could almost feel the stranger’s hands drifting over his naked skin, his lips brushing against his neck. White-hot quivers rocked Max’s belly. His face flamed under the licentious stare.

When the man started toward him, crossing the crowded room like a sleek, prowling cat, Max went rigid with shock. He’d never been pursued like this—and it made him so hot. Arousal blossomed in his chest. His cock stiffened slightly, pressing against the placket of his boxers. His body’s reaction to this aggressive pursuit puzzled Max. He’d never responded to another man. Hell, he’d never responded to another woman like this. His head swam with desire and excitement and uncertainty.

Was this what he’d been missing all these years?

He stopped less than a foot from Max, invading his personal space without so much as a by your leave. His body heat penetrated Max’s clothing. His smell, something brisk and spicy, invaded Max’s senses, made his belly roll with unexpected desire. There was just enough glow from the recessed lighting for Max to make out the other man’s piercing blue irises. A faint scar marred his chin. Another, even lighter, marked his left cheek. The imperfections lent him a rough, roguish air.

With an expectant lift of his brow, the man held out a card. Max’s eyes widened at the bold move. In that long moment of indecision, their eyes locked. Fire licked at Max’s skin as the man’s gaze bore into him, seeming to peer right into his soul. There was suddenly no question in Max’s mind. He took the card, their fingers touching for a split second, sparks of desire igniting between them.

Max glanced down at the card. There was a name and a room number. Chris. 314.

© Swap Meet – Lolita Lopez 



A little while ago Jenre from Well Read blog did a piece at DIK on how transferrable are the the plotline that are quintessential Harlequin/Mill & Boons into the M/M genre.

The post made me think and from the comments there are more books and transferred plotline out there than I even thought about and I made the comment

...Cool Post, I would love to see a genuine Greek Billionaire story line though.. I always love those.

Well SWAP MEET is that billionaire meet working man book and I loved it.  Not Greek but French, Billionaire Max Dantes is at a swap meet, a privately held event and the last place he would voluntarily be and despite knowing the basic principle of the meet which is, a night out to enjoy no strings attached sex, no questions asked sex and walk away from it all when done sex, however does not really help him any – because Max has been in a slump when it comes to the ladies recently.

Not that there was not enough of them, he just was not getting that level of satisfaction that he yearns for with any of them. When a man makes a move on him and confidently presses his dance card with his room number on it into his hand, he is on the fence about what to do. This indecision doesn’t last long however and soon he is having one of the best sexual experience of his life and it was with a man.

Fire-fighter Chris Collins is gay and not out to this fellow co-workers, one of the places he goes to get his itch scratch is the swap meet. He’s been lucky to find a man that stands out in a crown and makes the night worth both their while. The icing on the cake is finding out that said man is new to the whole gay thing and wants to be with him.

Thus starts a wild ride for both Chris and Max, cross Atlantic travels, new experiences, new pleasures and then unimaginable and unexpected feelings set both of them up for a confrontation.

Max has not reach his level in the business world without some level of confidence and some spark of “knowing a sure thing”  and as such he treats this budding relationship with Chris as a takeover and makes every effort to incorporate him into his life. Chris on the other hand is gun shy of any thing that screams exposure – and as such latches on to the first thing that gives him the opportunity to run.

And run he did, but Max is a man of the world and knows that sometimes you have to let a man do what he have to do.

I am going to be honest and say SWAP MEET reads like a Harlequin/Mill & Boons  romance novel and any  reader of these books worth their salt will tell you that if an author holds you from the first few pages in one of these books – you are hooked for the long haul – and I was.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. From the beginning Max is exactly what and how I imagined a French billionaire to be, suave, confident, demanding in his work life, decisive in his decisions and all round sex on a stick. At the start of the book Max is put in a position that he’s never found himself in before – being chased by a man.

While concerned and a little unsure about the usual in his world, blackmail and paparazzi – he hesitate for just a moment but once he hooks up with Chris – I fell in love with them both.

Chris is in some ways the opposite of Max, a bit more practical in his approach to certain things, very sensitive and not opposed to dragging his feet on letting the world know his sexual orientation.

With the mixture of loveable support cast and some Mr/Mrs nasties the book moves quite quickly and even when the predictables happen – I was feeling no pain about it.  I just wanted the two to be in the same room to watch the fireworks happen..

SWAP MEET is a really simply book, two men meet, they connect on the basic levels, they talk,  they laugh and they are great together in the sack. When problem arises and Chris walks away I was impressed with Max’s acceptance of this – on one hand it is probably because he had more experience of walking away or that in his world you just have to accept harsh decision even if he didn’t agree with them.

Chris is a bit more conservative in his outlook and is not prepared or even want to accept a sugar daddy. He likes to manage his own life, make his own decision and looking at the big picture he was never comfortable in the roll of kept man and I like that aspect of the book alot.

Ms. Lopez is a new to me author and if this is a sample of her work  - I will be looking out for more from her. I thought she captured the vulnerabilities of the men quite well and she changed the scenery up quite a lot to fit in with Max’s jet set lifestyle. I personally accepted this book for what it was, a sweet read with a fairytale ending.

If you cannot abide a light read or books that isn’t weight down by the bell and whistles of gay life – please pass this book by. If however you are in between books or just want a book to read for the sheer pleasure of enjoyment – snap this book up – you’ll love it.

8 Speak To Me:

Dana on 26 April 2010 at 22:24 said...

Oh I'm going to have to read this! Your review makes the book sound so good, especially when it seems inordinately hard to find good M/M romances or erotica.

Also, if you haven't stumbled upon it already, I'd recommend Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson - it's one of my favorites (it's available from Ellora's Cave).

Chris on 26 April 2010 at 23:32 said...

*sound of another hit to credit card*

Erotic Horizon on 26 April 2010 at 23:48 said...


Hey girl - hope things are good with you..

These simply read works for me so much - sometimes that all I need..

Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson - I am going to check it out..

I have read a bunch of her stuff before and I really like her style..

Thanks for the rec..


Erotic Horizon on 26 April 2010 at 23:49 said...

Yes - my mojo is still good for a swipe of the c/c...

It's an easy read - but thats a big part of the enjoyment of this book...


Lily on 27 April 2010 at 04:23 said...

*noooooo, screams my cc*

Off to EC, can't resist! Thanks :)

Blodeuedd on 27 April 2010 at 06:53 said...

Dunno why but I really like the sound of this one. it must be the rich guy/firefighter thing and that he runs away

Erotic Horizon on 27 April 2010 at 13:28 said...


Yessssss - another hit on the cc..

Happy reading hon..


Erotic Horizon on 27 April 2010 at 13:29 said...


I know exactly what you mean - not only did those thing catch my eye, but the cover was so sweet as well...