X-Factor

X Factor Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life his mountain community his isolated dream home and the snow He also loves that the X treme Games blow into the area for a month every year bringing with

  • Title: X-Factor
  • Author: Sean Michael
  • ISBN: 9781634767927
  • Page: 448
  • Format: ebook
  • Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home, and the snow He also loves that the X treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes.Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding He knows he ll never make it to the big time, but as long as he can get on his board and go, he doesn t care If onlyGame designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home, and the snow He also loves that the X treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes.Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding He knows he ll never make it to the big time, but as long as he can get on his board and go, he doesn t care If only his manager, Blake Dobbs, would cut Ecco a break The man s possessive and mean, and believes he owns Ecco.When Henry and Ecco meet at the Branchberry Games, it s lust at first sight An injury on Ecco s qualifying run offers an opportunity to spend quality time together at Henry s home, away from the crowds and out from under Blake s thumb.At this rate, lust might turn into love, but not if they can t keep their romance hidden from Blake.First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.

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    1. Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for a cute guy needing to be rescued from a big brute. Even better if the rescuer is the usually quiet type who doesn’t strike anyone as a hero. This fun story has both. It’s about snowboarder Ecco – the one who could do with some help – and game designer Henry, who had no idea what he was getting in to when he started flirting with one of the athletes of the X-treme games. All he expected was – maybe – some fun, but once Henry and Ecco get to know each [...]

    2. Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for a cute guy needing to be rescued from a big brute.Ecco is a snow boarder who is so desperate, in so much trouble and so clueless in the beginning that it was almost too much. But when Henry, a game designer, comes along to help him out, he manages to pick himself up and start effectively fighting the brutal manager who suppressed him and stole from him for years. And yes, there was a lot of sex, but I saw it as part of the healing process for Ecco. A very tangi [...]

    3. 3.5 stars out of 5Henry is a game designer who lives a somewhat isolated life in his mountain home. He's an avid winter sports fan and is looking forward to the next few weeks as the X-treme Games are coming to town. When he sees snowboarder Ecco he's immediately drawn to the cute blond and strikes up a conversation. They make plans for dinner that same night and Henry goes home looking forward to spending more time with Ecco but a bit concerned about the man he saw Ecco with just before leaving [...]

    4. I am not quite sure how to rate this book. On one hand I liked it. I liked how Henry first chats up Ecco after his handstand show off routine and all the flirting they did. I liked their first date and I even was okay with the first bit we get with Ecco and Blake. But then things got weird for me and it's more than likely a case of it's me and not the book.I won't drag this review out this was my first read from the author and I am worried we don't mesh. There were things that happened in this b [...]

    5. A really quick read, but not especially noteworthy. The smexy bits were good, but the plot line with the manager was borderline disturbing. If you like a "damsel in distress" type of story, then you will probably like this one.

    6. DNF 24% I'm really cringing at the abuse side plot, and it's bringing me down big time. Putting a pin in it for now. Maybe one day I'll pick it back up.

    7. When I get ready to read a sports themed book I usually assume I will like it, but not love it. How many times can we re-read the same story really? I was totally wrong! I'm a big girl, I can admit it. Henry, a video game designer lives in a secluded mountain area in a gorgeous house with a spectacular view. His house is far enough away from town to feel like he's in the middle of nowhere, but close enough to go see the X-treme Games when they are in town. Ecco is an older (by snowboarding stand [...]

    8. A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 starsWhen I got the chance to review this book, I was super excited! Snowboarders! Competition! Right up my alley. Add in that it is written by one of my go-to authors and I devoured this book within a few hours.Readers should be aware that there are scenes of domestic abuse that occur within this story that are graphic. Ecco has suffered abuse by Blake for years. He’s tried several times to escape, but because Blake controls nearly every aspect of Ecco’s life, in [...]

    9. Ecco (aka Christian) is a snowboarder who is being abused by his manager. He gets injured and ends up seeking refuge with Henry, a game designer who has a crush on Ecco.**This story plain didn’t work for me.For one thing, I never really liked Ecco. He was really immature, weak and I think, portrayed as not very intelligent. I honestly didn’t see any redeeming qualities other than he can board well and therefore I wasn’t really invested in his relationship with Henry.I also never understood [...]

    10. Sean Michael is normally an automatic yes for me, and more times than not it’s a solid win.Unfortunately, with this one, while well written as normal. The subject was not my cup of tea. The snowboarding slang, even though the guy was almost thirty. (I get it, it was his culture, his life) Also while I enjoyed the ‘getting to know’ but felt the ending of the Blake’s demise went too fast.Henry and Ecco learning each other was fun, Ecco teaching Henry the finer points of all things snow, sn [...]

    11. This was not a bad story, really. Ecco is a competing snowboarder who has a psycho manager. Henry is a fan who catches Ecco's eye, as well as the rest of him. The entire story is based on Henry and Ecco getting to know each other and Ecco hiding out from the manager. I love a story where someone swoops in to rescue someone who is being abused. BUT I found myself actually making fun of the book quite a bit more than reading it. Dude! Gnarly! For reals! Rock on! Man! Oh, and my favorite: Duders! I [...]

    12. Sean Michael has never been on my list of must-reads, but I quite liked the sound of this story enough to be tempted to buy. Not a particularly stellar decision on my part. Sadly, though, it was purely a vehicle for smut - sex scene begets sex scene begets yet another sex scene. So many orgasms in one night, the poor man must have been absolutely drained. I ended up skipping over them in the end in the vain hope of finding a plot-line. The premise of an abusive relationship was quite interesting [...]

    13. I was pleasantly surprised with what felt like a bit more depth to the plot and context of the story in this Sean Michael novella. I’m not really up on my snow sports lingo, but I could readily imagine the characters as they were portrayed and the setting as being realistic. I liked the little bit of suspense and anxiety that built around Echo having to deal with a nasty situation involving his manager. As usual from having read a number of other books by this author, the relationship comes pr [...]

    14. I had never heard or read anything about this book but was on the hunt for a title that started with a X for my A-Z book title challenge and saw it. I like when there is an abused or traumatized MC that gets his or hers HEA and this book had that. I felt that you didn't really get to know the characters though and that there was a little too much repeating of certain phrases for me to love the book.

    15. This was a very pleasant story about a snowboarder and a nerd/geek/fan of the sport. There's lots of sex, so much so that the guys must have been dehydrated, but there is a plot and I liked it more than average so moved it from 3.5 to 4 stars. There's lots of luv, some hurt/comforting, an escape from an abusive manager, and a nice HEA.

    16. This was my venture into a purely m-m book. This was a sweet love story. It wasn't overly sexual and the sex scenes weren't very graphic or anything. There was a decent plot. It had a nice HEA and I was really rooting for h/h. I can't wait to delve into more m-m stories and this was a nice introduction, but a little too sweet for my usual taste.

    17. I guess this is why I don't read romances! It wasn't terrible but I found myself skipping ahead five or ten pages at a time, stopping to read the charming bits where Ecco was opening up more. If you like the genre, it's better than many, and it's definitely hot.

    18. 3.5 stars.As expected from a Sean Michael novel, this story had plenty of sex scenes, yet it still was a relatively sweet story of a man overcoming years of psychological, physical and emotional abuse to emerge out the other side with love and laughter in his life.

    19. I liked this story but and coming from me that will sound strange but it didnt need this much sex it was a wonderful sport story on its own and the too much sex did the story more harm then it did good

    20. 2.5 stars. Way too much sex and Christian was identified as a man in his late twenties but sounded like a 14 year old bogan.

    21. Where did my review/rating go? It's marked 'read' in my calibre and I'm sure I read it, but somehow here on GR there is nothing?!

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