18 August 2010

Review: *fans self in memory* Chris Owen - 911

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Written by Chris Owen
222 pages / 79000 words
ISBN: 1-933389-57-5
Available file types - html, lit, pdf, prc, paperback
Publisher: Torquere
Book Origin: Personal E-Book Library

Cover Summary:
Drew is a fireman who loves the rush and is looking for a roommate to share costs. Scott is a doctor looking for somewhere to live that isn’t with his now ex-lover. The match seems more than perfect when Scott moves in and it’s more than just costs that they share.

So what happens when along comes EMT Eric with his blond good looks and boyish smile? Will this twosome be able to become a threesome or does it spell disaster for all?

My Review: The story begins easy enough with two guys meeting, they become roomies, they feel an attraction growing and they end up sexing enough to create a dent in the mattress. Some months later love is received – returned and then declared, and you would think that would be the end of it but oh no, Chris Owen has lots more in store for this enthusiastic M/M reader!

911 reads like a sex-a-thon with incredible men yet I cannot say that it is an epic M/M novel that turned my book world on its axes. The story is simple, the cast of characters small and the writing is easy and compelling. In all honesty my mind tells me this was an all around enjoyable red, nothing more, nothing less.

How does Chris Owen do it then, to make me smile at the antics of the three lead characters? They completely succumb me in to their lives, the struggles, getting me to care for them and at some point I was discovering the notion that I was savoring the story being told. Like I said, 911 is a sex-a-thon where one man, Drew (firefighter) comes together with Scott (doctor in residence) and they form a pair who’s got it hot and heavy for each other and then months later they become a threesome with Eric (paramedic).

The story encompasses a few years and over this time period the emphasis lies on the sex play, relationship - personality and family issues, and a whole lot more bed play. The shower, bed and living room are favorite backdrops for the lustful bouts of erotic scenes. Scott loved the dirty talk and Drew is more than willing to giving it to him! The volume of lube used could fill a tub, I read more; “Oh God, Oh God – love you – wanna come – gonna come – fuck me – suck me” and so on that I was almost crossed eyed from reading it all. Yet I can’t complain about it because while all this turbo-charged eroticism erupted on the pages I simultaneously got acquainted with three incredible men.

Drew is without a doubt the leader of the pack. Full of bravery, often in charge, an adrenaline junkie and embracing life to the fullest. Scott is a doctor who is currently fulfilling his residency. He’s somewhat of a nurturer, an introverted, hold-back person but when he knows things are wanted he can respond enthusiastically. When Eric was introduced he was a bit insecure due to dramatic events from the past. He is loyal, strong and loves with an unrelenting force. Each lead male brought something of his own to the story and from that, through the struggles of making a Ménage work, they gradually interconnect with each other.

Of course with three men there are also issues that arise in the romantic side of it all. Some were coming from family but mostly issues between the triad of men. Small things that lead up to outbursts of anger or irritations and where through actual dialogue’s they had to make compromises and connect with each other on an emotional side. Throughout the entire story it becomes a step by step progress of them getting to know each other on a level that truly matters, where they not only become sexual partners but also partners in every other way that is important of life.

Because of the fact 911 encompasses a few years I got to feel very involved in Drew, Scott’s and Eric’s lives. Though there might be a lot of mind-melting hot sexing too, the character development and romance prevented it from becoming just a string of sex scenes. Then there is a twist in the end that just yanked the story right on to a higher rating for me, it was the culmination of what Drew, Scott and Eric meant to each other giving 911 a conclusion that had my romantic heart beating a bit faster.

911 was a M/M triumvirate that made me smile for the humor, care for the characters and dab away a tear at the end. This is just one of those stories that oozed fun gay eroticism that carries a satisfying emotional punch. Allow yourself to become a spectator in the lives of Drew, Scott and Eric, it will be first class voyeurism, I promise you that!!

3.5 stars

Quote Drew when a threesome with another male was possibility:

And as soon as he realized that he knew he wanted to take them both upstairs to Tom's room and do anything he could. He wanted to fuck, ride, suck, come, watch, taste, jerk off, anything. He wanted to kiss them and feel them and hear them and just be in the same room if Scott said yes. “No.” Scott didn't even look at him. “No?” he said, then remembered that it was Scott choice. That made Scott look at him though. “Uh, maybe?” Scott offered, then shook his head. “No, what I mean is, yeah, maybe we play, but no, I don't want to play with you, ‘cause I really like you and I can see it getting really fucking complicated, and I can't deal with that right now. Drew ... he's my lover, right? He's mine and I'm his, and if you were just some guy we'd be upstairs with you in a heartbeat. But you're not, you're Tom and I like you and you're not going to be here tomorrow night, and I can't deal with that.” Scott took a deep breath and then took Drew's hand in his. “I'm sorry." Tom smiled a little and put a hand on the back of Scott's neck, kissing him gently. “You know, that's the nicest rejection I've ever gotten.” He turned to Drew and said, “Thank you.” Then he turned and walked away. Drew just stared at Scott for a moment. “Love you. Fucking glad you're the smart one. But ... Christ. I love you." Scott squeezed his hand. “Take me home, Drew."

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  1. This one one of my first m/m's (after the Heaven Sent series)

    OMG the smut..but also pretty good drama. Nice review!

  2. Seriously Leontine...You know I'm not good with big words, triumvirate????? I had to google it ;)

    It sounds like an m/m you had fun with...if I read m/m I would definitely give this one a try *wink*

  3. Awesome wasn't it? This is a definitely one for the re-read pile. :) Did you read the shorts on Chris' site for this? Also, Cheek to Cheek is in the same universe. I read that over last w/e. It's not 911 hot, but it's very good. :)

  4. Ooohhhhh i am adding this to TBR right now! i cant believe this one sliped through my manlove radar, thanks hun! great pimpage review =)

  5. @Mandi - I will always remember 911 for the m/m smut *thud*

    @Pearl - Hon you crack me up! Seriously!!! Sometimes the oddest wordst get stuck in my brain and come out while writing reviews ;) If you WOULD ever loose your M/M virginity then Chris Owen is for sure the way to go!!

    @Ferishia - All Owen's novels have my kind of M/M smut, I can't get enough of her and I really need to get going on those free shorts!!

  6. @Leontine - I know you read Bareback right? Smexytime smutfest galore!! *drools* I still have to read the 2nd book, Natural Disaster. Don't forget her Firefighter series she writes under Tory Temple. SMOKIN'! :D

  7. @Sparklybearsy - This is definitely a M/M reading experience you don't wanna miss hon!!

    @Ferishia - Tory Temple is on my September e-book buy list! I've read NATURAL DISASTER too and though less intense it was still a very good read! I've also read the DEVIATIONS series by Owen and Payne which is Dom/sub but a fantastic 4 book series. I heart all the men in that series *sigh*

    You get me all riled up to re-read them LOL

  8. @Leontine - if I'm getting you riled up to re-read, then my job here is done! LOL :)

    FYI Chris Owen is on Twitter @chris_owen. She only tweets once in a while though. Still it's cool that she's there. :)

  9. I think I might be the last MM nonreader standing :( How sad

  10. Whenever i think of Chris Owens I always remember you tweeting about Daisy Chain from Bareback, lol. I read 911 after reading Strongest Shape during my threesome reading phase.

  11. LMAO!!! "The volume of lube used could fill a tub, I read more; “Oh God, Oh God – love you – wanna come – gonna come – fuck me – suck me” and so on that I was almost crossed eyed from reading it all."

    Holy shit my sides hurt after reading that!!!

    Well, this book isn't really for me and it ain't because of the language. I can handle me some raunchy talk. It's more about the m/m/m aspects. It just doesn't do anything for me.

  12. This is on my ereader - if I would just stop getting all these shiny new ebooks, I could actually read the older stuff!

  13. I really liked this story. Great review! :)

  14. I thought this was okay but I liked Special Delivery and Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan much better. They're not menage relationship stories but there's definitely a lot of smexxing with the 3 (and later, 4) boys in them.

  15. *waves* I'm back! :) And what a great review to fall back into bloghopping with, hon! This book is on my ereader for ages now, and I really don't know why I haven't read it yet. It has written my name all over it ;). I guess it has something to do with the new and shiny books Chris mentioned above, lol!

  16. @Ferishia - I've been a lurker of C.Owen's tweets for quite some time now *grin*

    @Blodeuedd - Nah girl, you're acompanied by Pearl, for sure!!

    @VFG - It was really a blurt out moment for me but decided to keep it in the review :)

    @Chris - C.Owen is a first love for me and so far I've enjoyed her novels very much. I hear you though...many e-books get overlooked for the newer releases...one day I'll get to them!

    @Lily - Three hot men get it going, yeah, I had fun too :)

    @Kaetrin - You just had to do that huh...now I had to google the author and whoops, there are 2 more e-books on my wishlist *wink*

    @Janna - (((hugs))) welcome back in blogoverse hon! I've got the attention span of a fly these days when it comes to my genres...I'm so all over the place LOL But 911 is a fun read next to my need for the more emotionally intense/dramatic stories. One of these days you'll feel the book yanking your chain *grin*


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