Thursday, September 8, 2016

Review: Black Balled by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir

Black Balled 
(Black Balled #1)
by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir
Genre: M/M
Release Date: April 27, 2016

Two dominant males, two worthy adversaries, in a business that takes no prisoners, will soon learn that fate refuses to be ignored...

My name is Troy Babilonia, but I'm best known as Babu, a renowned literary critic with my own online column. I'm followed by thousands! I'm a living god in the literary world. I have no filter, and for that, my flock of humble followers are forever grateful. If it weren't for me, they wouldn't know what to read. I have zero tolerance for the weak-minded attention seekers, nor do I have respect for the self-proclaimed geniuses of the Indie world. My advice to all Indie authors is to never break the cardinal rule in this cut-throat business. Ever.

My name is L. Blackburn and I'm an Indie author. My extraordinary genius was loved and worshiped throughout the literary world, until one egocentric critic tried to obliterate my career. It seems I broke some "cardinal rule," and now I'm paying the price for it. But I don't plan on going down without a fight.

I think this is one of the better enemies turn lovers story that I've read. Larson and Troy spent half the book hating each other guts and mine you, even after they are together, I'm sure there are still hate/lust combo simmering between them.

The main plot of this book feel really familiar to me because it resolves around author and reviewer relationship and Greatreads! I myself love posting my reviews on Goodreads and I do understand the heated drama that popped up once a while. This reviewing-for-free hobby is a scary venture. 

So back to Black Balled, Larson is an indie author and Troy is the celebrity reviewer who is famous for thrashing indie books. When Troy DNF Larson's book, they both commence into this heated online drama that further drown Larson's writing career because Larson is a hotheaded and an impulsive asshole. 

The reason this book stood out to me were the debauchery, sarcasm and of course Troy's critical reviews. I usually don't like reading about the heroes fucking other people or engaging in three way. But in this case, I find it totally fitting and don't even mind them and the threesome scene at the elevator is the hottest sex scene in this book. The rest of their hate/lust interaction are damn hot. Sometimes you ain't sure whether are they gonna fuck or bash each other head in. 

In M/M, the usual men I came across are either alpha/beta or beta/beta. But in this rare case is alpha/alpha. They are constantly trying to up one another and both is not gonna turn pussy for each other. The situation is often tense, but in a good way. 

Both Larson and Troy are well flesh out character. I enjoyed knowing their past, their dreams and what make them tick. They relationship is atypical and not easy, but they make it entertaining and interesting. Here's to hoping that all authors and reviewers can reach a truce like Larson and Troy here.