PENT UP Mix business with pleasure and take cover.Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts RubenPENT UP Mix business with pleasure and take cover.Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall to wall secrets and hot and cold running paranoia Can the danger be real Is Andy for real What s a bullet catcher to do Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there s no way to guard a heart.
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I think Damon Suede wrote Pent Up just for me No, I m SERIOUS First of all, it s a DOUBLE GAY FOR YOU, which he has actually done before Hot Head Now, I ve read a few interviews with Damon where he says that he likes to think of it as Out For You, not GFY, but IMO, if you are thinking of a guy sexually for the first time ever and doing things with a man for the first time, it s GFY If you want to be even technical, one of the MCs was a little fluid with his sexuality before getting with the ot [...]
4 stars Review posted November 9, 2015He lost his jacket Ruben, in his early 40s, quit his excessive life in Miami to join his brother s business in New York, doing security work Ruben is a recovering drunk, divorced and is aware that he treated his ex very badly Ruben doesn t know it yet, but his life is about to change colossally His love interest is Andy, a couple years his junior and a finance shark who s running a hedge fund from home A luxurious penthouse, that is The world of finance in g [...]
DNF 26%This isn t working for me now, and maybe never.It s bitter in tone and revolves around things that don t interest me clothing, shopping, NYC, midlife crisis It s got this vibe that viscerally repels me, and I want out.
This is one of my favorite set ups, the hot, sexy bodyguard and the rich guy who needs him The difference here is that Andy Bauer, the boss, is not perfect, is in fact walking a razor thin line between good and shady, and his bodyguard, Ruben Oso, knows himself too well to not be brutally frank about his own failings as well as what he wants So Andy isn t Prince Charming and Ruben isn t an oblivious alpha They re both drawn to each other, compliment each other, and watching them spin closer and [...]
If I m entirely honest, I still don t know how I feel about the book as a whole, so I m gonna break this up and tell you how I felt about it in parts Ha The PlotI think the plot was a good one, but I spent a lot of the time feeling very confused There were things that weren t clear enough from the beginning Some of those things I understood by the end of the book and some other I still don t know what they meant a week and a half after reading the book.The CharactersIf you read our review at Boy [...]
Pent Up isting It grabbed my attention and held it from start to finish The MCs are unique, and the story is the complete opposite from overdone And it s safe to say that I love Damon Suede But there were things that didn t come together to click into place with this one.Ruben is in his early 40s, a recovering alcoholic, and newly divorced from a woman he cheated on with an amazing frequency He is a Colombian American who has moved from Miami to NYC to crash on his brother s couch while he gets [...]
I really thought this was going to be a homerun for me I mean, what s not to love A Latino MC, a bodyguard falling for his boss, kidnapping, violence I should ve loved it Unfortunately, it didn t work for me.Ruben was an interesting character He s a Latino who s not in touch with his Colombian roots and doesn t speak a word of Spanish His parents wanted him and his siblings to be strictly American I have to admit as a Latina this bothered me but I also understand it I know plenty of people who a [...]
This sounds good.BUT GUESS WHAT IT COMES OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY Signs, people THIS IS A SIGN.
I m a Suede girl all the way and was super stoked for this book It is with big sad eyes and a tight tummy that I tell you this is easily my least favorite DS book The packaging Score How hot is that cover The title Bingo Absolutely perfect The story Completely missed the target for me It starts out solid, Damon s voice rang strong and I quickly remembered why I adore his funny, quirky, testosterone laden voice And then.I got confused I found myself retreading murky plot waters and rereading agai [...]
Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars, so I guess 2.5 As you can see below, I was extra excited about a new Damon Suede book coming out I ve loved some of his books in the past so I figured that the odds were good that I d love this one too Welllllll not so much I ll just list the things that I liked and disliked and leave it at that.Likes I enjoyed the first half of the book I found Ruben to be a unique and interesting protagonist and even thought that the billionaire trope was used in a different wa [...]
3.5 starsAdmittedly, for a lot of this book, I was kinda confused I think the plot itself didn t grab me and mostly because it often lost me.That being said, I actually really enjoyed reading it It was too tempting there were things that were shocking It felt very raw, unpolished And that was refreshing I didn t especially like either of the characters, to be honest Not drawn to either of them BUT, despite that, I was oddly drawn to the two of them together And where the UST was frustrating, it [...]
My favorite part of this book is that, for as rough cut and badass as Ruben considered himself, and as corrupt and spoiled as Andy believed himself to be, in each other s presence, they stumbled, wrecked words, and blushed Pent Up by Damon Suede took a time honored trope enforced proximity and gave it a dazzling, urban edge Ruben is continually reminding himself that he doesn t belong in Andy s penthouse, and Andy is routinely begging Ruben not to be anywhere else Andy s duplicity, in the end, s [...]
This review was originally posted on un Conventional BookviewsPent Up was my March buddy read with Brandee Bookworm Brandee, and as always, it was awesome chatting about the book with her after we both finished reading I enjoyed the story, and especially that it was diverse in ways than one.Me I haven t completely finished Pent Up yet I find it very slow, and I m not sure I like all the jabs at white rich people Like there s a score to be settledOK, I ve finished3.5 starsI think this was less g [...]
What I will take with me after reading this book S good Bauer grunted His fingers pulled the shirt tighter across Ruben s chest His ash brown hair smelled like fresh bread.A murmur in his ear and the scent of fresh bread Even rinsed Andy smelled like fresh bread.Andy bumped him, smelling like fresh bread.He could smell fresh bread and imagine lips against his neck.He caught himself raising his hand to his nose and inhaling as if the fresh bread scent would linger, as if it had mingled with his o [...]
Damn, I really was looking forward to this book but unfortunately this is going to be one of my super rare two star reviews Usually my philosophy is that there are so many good books in this world that I don t need to spend time on books I don t care for I finished this one because I wanted to know how it ends, so that is maybe a point in its favourY, especially double GFY is not one of my favourite tropes but some people can do it and in Hot Head Damon Suede could as well Here eh not so much So [...]
3.5 Stars, rounding up here because of reasons.Over at the blog, we did a group read and review These group reads are always so much fun for us because we re all so different in our likes and dislikes It s a lot of fun when we have these lengthy discussions that span days For me, this was hard to read I had a lot of trouble, but I still liked a lot about the book as a whole Honestly, even today my feelings are all jumbled One thing that I can say with absolute certainty, I was intrigued by the c [...]
While I really liked Hot Head, this book was not of that fun caliber Both protagonists were not likable, and by the end of the book, neither were redeemed, an important trope of love redeeming even the biggest jerks Also, the plot dragged Now, I don t blame that on the author, but on the editor who allowed a lot of unnecessary, and uninteresting plot points to end up in the final draft If those points could have been cut, I think Pent Up would have made a better and quicker read Normally a Damon [...]
Wow Just wow.It was smart and funny and poignant and sexy and cleverTotally multi layered characters One of the reasons I love Damon Suede is because I really never know what s going to happen next His books don t follow any pattern and you certainly can t predict how it s going to end cuz you ll be wrong.What a great ride shelved on best books I ve read in 2016 Highly recommend.
A review by The Blogger Girls.Ruben is a recovering alcoholic, recently divorced who moved to NYC from Miami to restart his life He works for his brother s security company as a bodyguard He takes a job as security for rich guy, Andy, in what appears to be a made up job He s essentially hired to be Andy s muscle, yet there doesn t actually seem to be a real threat, until there is But there is so much fishy going on here that you can almost smell it Regardless, Ruben goes along with the job conti [...]
Seriously bad I ll just throw in some things I didn t like here nothing happens for majority of novel MC has this dude bro attitude which reads over the top few times Example Pushy broads always turned his crank you know when you read romance with millionaire mc and author casually or not so casually drops designer names and high luxury items to make a point he s rich I am not a fan there was an attempt of suspense plot and I wasn t completely sold on it I didn t understand reluctance on Bauer s [...]
The whole thing is written in noir speak.All the characters.All the scenes.Noir.Dear fucking god, why didn t I DNF this I ve read some of Suede s other stuff, and I know I wind up thinking each time, does anyone really talk like this in real life , but mostly I can forgive him his idiosyncratic dialogue in exchange for good sex I can forgive a lot for good sex.So why did that exchange not work here A The sex wasn t great It was weird, drawn out, and spectacularly unsatisfying B The noir speak wa [...]
A deeply conflicted 3 stars.Ruben was an intriguing character a recovering alcoholic stuck on Step 4, divorced after a 20 year marriage, sleeping on his brother s couch in NYC after his move from Miami, owner of a resting thug face RTF that has gotten him into some pretty dicey situations along the way That RTF gets him a bodyguard job with Andy Bauer While the plot centers on Andy s business ethics or lack thereof , I m still not exactly sure what the heck he does Imagine a bit of Bernie Madoff [...]
I honestly found this whole book pretentious.It was overwritten and had no real plot or direction It could have been helped if it stayed as a general fiction and we got into the politics and crime behind Andy.Instead we got a weird novel about two middle aged men waxing lyrics about their messed up lives.The relationship was hard to swallow The main characters were so obnoxious I could have cried.I know a lot of people enjoyed the author s d but novel, then he wrote a couple of weird ones and th [...]
3.5 stars Despite taking forever to finish I really enjoyed this I loved the sizzling hot UST and the couple s chemistry and romance was totally believable Some aspects of the plot were confusing, thus the half mark knocked off.
OMG I can t frickin wait
I am a huge Damon Suede fan and I was so excited to get this ARC Pent Up is the story of two men s disparate worlds colliding in a Park Avenue penthouse Ruben, our m c, is a recently divorced recovering alcoholic from Miami Fate sees him hired as a bodyguard to Andy, an Upper East Side socialite and Hedge Fund Trader Aside from a change of venue from Brooklyn to Park Avenue, there are many features linking Pent Up to the infamous Hot Head This is a gay for you story with a long slow build up Att [...]
Ruben OsoAndy Bauer2 starsRead January 2016This didn t works for me I couldn t get into the story and I didn t particularly care for the characters PENT UP Mix business with pleasure and take cover.Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.Watching over financial hotshot [...]
2.5Unfortunately this one didn t work for me Ruben grew on me and I did end up liking him and rooting for our boys but there was too much confusion in the dialogue for me and parts of the story didn t quite make sense to me and there was far too much mention of girls and girl parts and yuck.But that may just be me I will continue to read from this author and would encourage everyone to read Hot Head and maybe pick this up and it will work better for you.