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Owning Corey by Maris Black

Owning Corey

Owning Corey by Maris Black

Published by: newBIGmedia on August 11, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

From the outside, Ben Hardy appears to have it all. He’s a medical chief of staff. He has a large house and a nice car. He has a beautiful girlfriend. But what no one knows is that he’s planning to break up with her tomorrow. And he’s still trying to find himself.

When his girlfriend approaches with Corey, the mysterious new EMT, Ben is intrigued. And that intrigue reaches a new height when he learns that her goal is to invite Corey into their bedroom. The idea is shocking to Ben at first, but as he considers it some more, he realizes he might be interested in the idea.

Learning that Corey is living in a dicey part of town, Ben invites him to move into his pool house. There’s something about Corey that Ben appreciates, but when they make good on their threesome, he slowly begins to realize that something might not be what he imagined at all. But is Ben gay? And is Corey? And if they are, could Ben really be with a guy?

These questions are all interrupted by secrets from Corey’s past that haunt him. And those secrets just might put both Corey and Ben in danger.

It’s interesting how one little request can turn someone’s life upside down. Although Ben knew he wanted to make a change, he never expected to have the catalyst to do so that showed up in his life just a few hours later. But sometimes it is those things that shake us up that help us see that we haven’t really been living as we should.

The relationship builds quickly here, but there are things that happen that this can be attributed to. And although I would have liked to see these two together a bit more, that seems like more of a personal preference than anything else. Definitely an interesting read for sure.

Pinned by Maris Black

20342983Title: Pinned (SSU Boys, Book 1)
Author: Maris Black
Published: December 27, 2013
Pages: 241
Publisher: Maris Black Books
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Jeremy is a college freshman ready to put his past behind him and make full use of a fresh start. Beck is a junior for whom wrestling has become everything and he’s focused on everywhere it can take him. Their paths cross on the wrestling team and quickly realize there’s more to each other–and a specific more they share. But it’s not easy for two athletes to share what they do, especially with Beck’s goals and Jeremy’s past.

It took me a bit to get into this one. When I read it, I just happened to be on a string of college stories, so something really had to stand out to truly pull in my attention. But once this grabbed me, I couldn’t put it down. There’s an ease to the storytelling and both a realistic and refreshing tone to the story that it really resonated in the end. Maris Black is a new author for me, but I fully anticipate finishing this series and keeping an eye out for future titles as well…