Title: Yogi and the Bear
Author: Nix Knox
Published: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ryan Powell is trying something new. Still trying to get over pain from a construction injury, he’s trying yoga at the behest of his doctor. He feels strange and out of place, but when the lights go out while he’s in the bathroom before his class, something even more unexpected happens–a brief sexual encounter with anonymous man in the dark. But the discovery that the man is also his yoga teacher, Nik, makes him decide that yoga is something he should give a real chance. Of course, he wants to give Nik more than a chance, too. But Nik is distant and guarded. He’s taken a self-imposed vow of chastity and has a past that he seems unwilling to share. If anything is going to happen, they will have to learn how to open up, trust, and rely on each other–something that just might prove too difficult for both of them.
The concept and the story here is great. I liked the way the two of them were sort of thrown together by unexpected circumstance and it became a spark that took the relationship forward. And I generally like the chemistry between the two of them. The sexual scenes were rather awkward, in my opinion, and there’s a whole split persona (but very clearly stated repeatedly not split personality) thing with Nik (as Julian) that was not only odd but also very uncomfortable. It left me a little unsettled, which I think did slightly impact my enjoyment of the story.
That said, I did like this overall. And if one can look past the awkwardness in the bedroom aspects of the characters’ relationship, it’s a good read.