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Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself?

Adrian wouldn't have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he's willing to try just about anything to repair the damage...even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.

Biker, bouncer, bartender, and tattoo artist, Wyatt is a rolling stone. After 15 years, he is tired of a life on the run, but he isn't sure he knows how to do anything else or if he has anything besides a physical relationship to offer.

What's supposed to be a one-off turns into another and another, and the relationship looks promising until the mob and the FBI come knocking on Adrian's door.

©2016 Rowan McAllister (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Awful title for a good book!

I really would not have chosen this book based on the awful title that had nothing to do with the story, but a friend recommended so I gave it a go. What a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this mm romance with a crime sub-plot and the narration by Nick j Russo was great.

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Wasn't sure about this story when it first started playing, but I did get into it. Loved Adrian who thought he could do NSA. Loved Wyatt strong and so masculine. Loved the twist in the story.

Loved the cattiness scene at the end too.

Nick J Russo has a great voice. I've listened to the other books that he narrates as well. For me it's like warm honey...perfect!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 21-06-17

Sweet, funny and great narration!

What a sweet, sweet story. *Sigh * I just loved it!

Poor Adrian is so, sweet and gets his big heart stomped on right at the beginning. But instead of crawling away and hiding for weeks, he’s so brave to try again. Luckily he finds The. Nicest. Guy. Ever. In Wyatt. Wyatt is just a refreshing breath of air. He’s honest, hot and open. Exactly what Adrian needs.

Neither of these guys expected something as big as what they got and that felt really authentic. I teared up several times as poor Adrian puts himself out there so bravely.

The “mystery” is pretty predictable, but I don’t think it was meant to be a big secret. It helped to drive the plot but didn’t detract from the romance. Perfect! I loved the secondary characters – Bev and Furlough and Alpha, Beta, Charlie and Delta, too!

I think this was a case where the physical stuff actually helped move the story forward, because it showed us bits of both characters and how they grew closer each time they met, so while there is quite a bit of physical stuff, it all seemed to be needed and it was all hot (after the parts that were awkward and funny!) and then really tender. Again – perfect!

I really loved this and highly recommend it!

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What could make this wonderful story even better? Nick J Russo!

Man! He absolutely aces this! He gives Wyatt this super yummy growly voice that is soooo wonderful! Listening to this only added to my enjoyment because Nick was able to capture Wyatt’s “image” so well with his voice. He also gave Furlough a voice that I wasn’t expecting but actually suited him to a T. The narrator found unique voices for all the secondary characters as well, and I thought his choice for Adrian was excellent, too.

Highly recommended!

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  • Tammy
  • 19-06-17

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

Would you consider the audio edition of Power Bottom? to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version but I loved the Audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

The way these two men, polar opposites, complement each other as a couple. Wyatt needs someone to ground him, to give him a reason to stop running. Adrian needs someone to tell him how special he is, someone that not only wants but deserves the attention Adrian gives.

Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have and this is just as good as anticipated.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, it wasn't necessarily a "move you" kind of story. More of a slow burning love story.

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What a fun read! The synopsis pretty much says it all. Adrian and his worthless boyfriend break up and Adrian's ego is bruised. He finds himself back at a bar in the middle of nowhere where a big, burly, sexy dude propositioned him not too long ago. From the first night, these two kind of already realize that they are in so much trouble with each other, feelings get involved quickly, but they are powerless to resist.

Add in a bit of drama and suspense, FBI agents that are bound and determined to pin something Adrian has no part of on him, a mob chase and a pissed off mountain of a man laying claim to what is rightfully his... yeah, like I said, this book was amazing.

Nick J. Russo is fastly becoming a favorite narrator for me. He has dozens of tones and inflections in his repertoire that make listening to him telling stories such a treat. I really enjoyed the burly growl he used for Wyatt.

I kinda hope there's a follow-up to this book. I'd love to see where these characters are out a few years down the road.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 07-06-20

Ignore the awful title

I admit I never would have bought this audiobook if it weren't narrated by Nick J. Russo, one of my favorite narrators. The title is just... just atrocious. But I saw a couple reviews saying to get past it and I decided to take their advice, and I'm glad I did! I was worried the book would be all sex scenes, and while there WERE sex scenes--in fact there was a stretch of the book toward the middle where there were too many--the book was not about sex, or sexual positions. It was about several things, most prominently an insecure man kicked in the teeth by a spiteful boyfriend who tries to build up his confidence again. Then it veers into more, er, action movie territory, but as ridiculous as it seems, it's foreshadowed and well-written enough that I really enjoyed it. I liked both main characters, I liked the plot, I liked the narrator, and I liked the writing. I HATED the title. But I'll add my voice to the chorus saying please don't let that deter you from giving this book a try. I've already bought other books by this author and I can't wait to read them.

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  • BrattyOz
  • 17-07-17

What a fun story!

This first thing I noticed, and liked, about this book was that it was easy to listen to; straightforward, interesting, occasionally very funny, and it warmed my heart. I love the narrator. He did the female so that she sounded real, and Wyatt was hot, hot, hot. I highly recommend, it was really entertaining, no angst or whining, just fun to read, or listen to.

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  • AT
  • 07-06-17

With a title like that...

With a title like Power Bottom?, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect when I began this audiobook. In truth, had not some fellow book friends given it such high ratings, I probably would have passed right on by. I’m glad that wasn’t case because the story was really enjoyable and, per usual, narrator Nick J. Russo doesn’t disappoint.

I really liked both main characters and really enjoyed how well they complemented and contrasted with one another. In the opening chapters, Adrian suffered a harsh break-up that left him spinning. His character had this amiable sort of quirkiness and vulnerability that made him very relatable. At times his attempts to be confident were awkward and funny, making him that much more endearing. Wyatt proved to be Adrian’s opposite in most ways- from his easy going confidence to his wandering lifestyle, but they were great together. I really liked how the chemistry between them steadily built and I absolutely loved when Wyatt’s sweet, steady side came out immediately to soothe Adrian. Their compatibility made it easy to root for this couple. The hook-ups were as sweet as they were hot. However, they didn’t have a straight forward path to a happily-ever-after. The conflicts that kept them apart were a little far-fetched, but not so much that I was rolling my eyes. In the end, it added just enough stress and angst to the book to keep things entertaining. The pacing throughout the book was brisk but never rushed. It made for an easy, pleasurable read that kept my focus from start to finish.

Nick J. Russo delivered a great performance for this dual point-of-view story. It was easy to follow along with the dialogue and his inflections and pacing made for a nice listen. If you are a fan of audiobooks and looking for an easier romance with just a touch of angst, this title and narrator won’t disappoint.

*Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*

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  • Belen
  • 14-05-17

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Nick J. Russo does not disappoint!

Power Bottom? has enjoyable narration with great character voices and spot-on pacing. I have yet to find an audiobook narrated by Russo that wasn’t a treat to listen to.

Told from both Adrian and Wyatt's POV the story centers around their relationship, Adrian's job and life issues, and the mystery surrounding Wyatt.

The story opens with Adrien trying to bring a spark back to his relationship and pretty much failing. Adrian's feelings are realistic...there's a moment when Adrian's boyfriend is drunk and brutally honest and...damn, but it was emotionally merciless.

What follows is Adrian going outside his comfort zone in order to prove, if even to himself, that what the ex said was, well, maybe not wrong, but that he could be different.

Adrian gets together with Wyatt and it's wonderful, but Wyatt is only able to commit to one weekend every couple of weeks for hot sex. Adrian agrees and they quickly come together (pun not intended) many times. But Wyatt's past is always lurking and, after fifteen years of being on the run, he's not prepared for the feelings he has for Adrian or what he needs to do about it.

But when Adrian needs him, Wyatt steps up to the plate, and knocks a home run. They were sweet together and I was very happy with their HEA.

The story may require a little insta-love suspension of reality, but it is an entertaining romance with some mystery, a little light angst, lots of hot pound-you-into-the-mattress sex, and a sweet HEA.

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  • Violet B.
  • 26-04-17

good one .

exellent narration, good story, a bit of angst, a bit of sex.
very nice.
I recomend this one .

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  • MagicalAM
  • 27-06-20

Questionable title, great book

Much more adventure and fun than the title suggests. The story has almost nothing to do with being a power bottom, though there’s a good amount of heat. Narration was on point.

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  • Annika
  • 02-05-20

Recommended for the narration

Power Bottom? was yet another example of my pre-judgement of a book. I’ve skipped over this title so many times, thinking it was more erotica than anything else. It wasn’t, I would say it falls perfectly into the contemporary mm romance category, with an addition of suspense thrown in for good measure. After a rough breakup Adrian is left broken down and questioning his self-worth. In a desperate attempt to prove he’s not the bore and lousy lay his ex said he was Adrian goes back to a leather bar in search of the mysterious stranger who hit on him a few weeks back. The two hit it off right away, and what was supposed to be a one night stand turn into more and more weekends. But Wyatt has many secrets keeping him from committing to anything more than the infrequent encounter. Some weeks later and out of the blue mysterious things starts happening. The FBI starts questioning Adrian, thugs show up demanding information about things Adrian has no clue about. In theory this book could have been really great. I love stories where the underdog rebuilds their life, rebuild themselves and realises they are worth being loved, that they are perfect the way they are – no matter what others think. I’m also a huge fan of suspense, criminal investigations and such. I love the thrill of a good chase, figuring out the clues and have them make sense. I think the foundation was there, but it lacked in the execution and the book was more melodrama than romantic suspense. I never felt anything between Adrian and Wyatt beyond the lust, they didn’t spend much time together outside the bed for them to really have something sold or build on. So I can’t say that I believed in their relationship. I also felt that the flow between the romance and the suspense was a bit off. It was mostly an either or situation where you could almost divide the book in two, the first part was the romance, and the second half dealt with the FBI and the mob. It almost felt like two different stories and not one complete one. I would say that Nick J. Russo’s performance of this book was the best part. As so many times before he elevated the story and made it an okay listen. Without it, I personally don’t think I would have finished this book. Russo made it easy to follow the story and keep track of all the characters as he has so many different voices and switches between them effortlessly. He also captured the personalities of both Adrian and Wyatt really well. You could feel Adrian’s insecurities pouring off him, his inner musings highlighting his lack of confidence. You also felt Wyatt’s longing to stay with Adrian, but the need to keep running was so ingrained in him that he couldn’t see a way out. While I once again stand corrected in my pre-judgement of a book, I still can’t say that it was a hit for me. It tried but didn’t quite get there. Then again, listening to Russo is always a treat. A copy of this book was generously provided by publisher the in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Thunderella
  • 10-12-19

Such a gem!

This story is a perfect mixture of funny, sweet and exciting. I lived that there was no relationship angst. Adrian is adorable in his awkwardness. Wyatt is a handsome hunk without being stereotypical. I've previously read the book, and wanted to try out the audio narration. I loved it too! Russo has different voices for the characters and he really brings the story to life. Recommended!