Friday, August 26, 2016

Release Day Review: Don't Twunk With My Heart by Renae Kaye #Review #Giveaway

Author: Renae Kaye
Book: Don't Twunk With My Heart
Series: Loving You #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: August 26, 2016
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.

Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.

With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.

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Loving Jay was the first Renae Kaye book I read. When I finished it I knew she was a writer I was always going to love. So book after book I read her. Then Don’t Twunk with my Heart comes out… the SEQUEL to Loving Jay and I died! JUST DIED! I grabbed it and ran to a corner and wouldn’t talk to anyone until I finished it!

It was FABULOUS! It was the Renae Kaye I fell in love with and I almost cried with joy. 

Now, Don’t Twunk with my Heart isn’t a continuation of Jay and Liam it’s Kee and Tate. Kee is Jay’s BFF. But we see a lot of Jay and Liam and all the friends and YAY! Okay, this is more fangirling than a review. I’m just so excited… I’ll be professional now.

This can be read as a standalone but if you do then read Loving Jay after. If you loved Loving Jay than you’ll adore this one too! I love the feel of these friends; how they are there for each other no matter what life throws them.

Because Australia doesn’t give same sex couples the right to marry there’s some bleakness to the relationships. Not that long ago America was the same. I believe in progress and I hope Australia comes around and we can see progress in the next book.

I was laughing with the whole twink, twank, twunk conversation. There’s actually a whole reasoning behind these labels that was very much thought out.

Tate and Kee are outstanding characters. Each suffer from their own demons. Whether it’s age, weights, fear, abuse. They deal with it together and with their friends. It was so beautiful all the hurdles they overcome together. I loved it.

This is humorous, beautiful, and so much fun. Low angst but still some emotion to it as well. Flow was spot on and I couldn’t put the book down.


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  1. Omg I was just looking for something like this, already read Loving Jay. (Just did ask in mm rec group)
    Gonna read this one!!!

  2. Thank you for the review! Loving Jay is one of my favs, so looking forward to reading this next one.

    Some amazing books I read in the last month include: Fallow by Jordan L. Hawk, Wolf's Own: Incendiary by Carole Cummings plus the audios of Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon and Glitterland by Alexis Hall.