Leveled by Jay Crownover has popped my male/male cherry! As my first book in this realm, I had a few pre-conceived notions going in but, they were blown them out of the water. Leveled is a bridge between the Marked Men series and the new spin-off, Saints of Denver. Lando and Dom are characters that have had small story lines in the background of the Marked Men series and that are now getting a very well-deserved story. I especially wanted Lando to have an HEA after his heartbreaking past. For those of you that don’t remember, Lando is the ex-boyfriend of Remy (Rule’s twin) and Dom is Royal’s best friend.
I had a picture in my mind of what both of these characters were like going into the story. Lando is the physical therapist who agrees to take on Dom’s case. Dom is still recovering from the injuries he acquired while on the force. His rehabilitation isn’t going as well as it should and Lando swoops in to the rescue. I was pleasantly surprised with the characters, Lando is a tough, smart, quietly assertive man, who knows what he wants and has a plan. Dom is aggressive and more of a wears his heart on his sleeve kind of person. Right from the beginning, sexual tension oozed between the two. It was like being caught in a hurricane of lust.
“There was more than a spark when our palms touched. There was an electrical current that blazed a fiery trail all the way up my injured arm and made my spine tingle at the contact. I held his pale gaze and searched openly for any sign that he felt it, felt something.”