"Opposites attract when two guys meet in a yoga class"
Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted December 7, 2015
Romance Contemporary | Romance Gay
Ryan feels it's hard enough being a gay construction
worker. Now the doctor is advising him to take up yoga. The
improved flexibility it could bring will help give him pain
relief following an injury. But the image of yoga just
doesn't suit him. Or so he thinks - in YOGI AND THE BEAR,
Ryan has a surprise in store.
A flexible, sexy, muscled guy leads the class and Ryan, who
is unsophisticated and in the closet, starts wondering if
he could go on dates with Nik. Thanks to a brief encounter
in the bathroom, each of them knows the other is
interested. It's the pain management that's the biggest
Ryan lives in Utah where his strict Mormon parents
disapprove of him and of his sister, who leads her own
life. In this state it's not unusual that Ryan stays
closeted, but I did wonder why he hadn't moved to somewhere
more tolerant. And for a guy who keeps his sexuality under
wraps, he's surprisingly free with his invitations in the
Ryan's sister Rachael introduces a strong new element to
the story. She's pregnant after a one-night stand, and her
compassionate brother wants to help. Ryan also decides to
help his new friend Nik, after he learns that the
impecunious lad lives in a ratty apartment in a house
shared with losers.
We learn how to lift and carry so as not to strain muscles.
I'm just puzzled as to why a construction worker didn't
know. Also, any time I've had lower back pain, I have not
had sex on my mind every minute of every day. Maybe some
men are different. While women can enjoy this tale of trust
and dominance issues, it is rather masculine and contains
strong language and porn viewing as well as adult activity.
Opposites attract in Nix Knox's tale YOGI AND THE BEAR
which has well-realised characters and fun as well as
friendship. It's a male romance with dominance and
submissive scenes and a healthy dose of respect for others.
Only, I would have liked more yoga.
If the fall is inevitable, might as well enjoy the tumble.
Months after a scaffolding accident leaves him in chronic
agony, construction worker Ryan Powell has exhausted all
that Western medicine has to offer. He’s willing to try
anything, even yoga, to get some relief.
He expected to feel out of place at the New Age Center, but
he never expected a power-outage bathroom encounter to
magically erase his pain. When he discovers the man with the
magic hands is his drop-dead-sexy yoga teacher, Ryan decides
that there might just be something to this metaphysical
thing, after all.
Yogi Niklas Baumgartner has found it remarkably easy to keep
his shiny vow of chastity untarnished—until now. Still, a
bathroom hand job doesn’t really count as sex, right? But
his footing on the no-nooky wagon slips when he realizes the
big, blond bear at the back of the class is his man in the dark.
Their unlikely attraction brings out sides of themselves
they never knew lurked beneath the surface, sides it takes
courage to accept. But when trust is broken, repairing the
damage might just tear them apart.
Warning: Contains a gentle giant, a dominant orgo-bunny, a
pair of weighty manacles, too many movie references,
accidental porn, overcoming stereotypes, and deliciously
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