Ricky by Ashley John
Ricky by Ashley John - 4 stars.
Reviewed by Fiona Rachel Warner.
I was eagerly awaiting Ashley John’s latest book ‘Ricky’ as I am a big fan of his work and also enjoyed the first book in the series, “Timing’ very much. This latest offering is all about the man in the title, Ricky, who is a book store owner by day and drag queen by night. Miss Kitty Litter is his alter ego and quite an hilarious character, but of course she hides Ricky’s insecurities and masks his loneliness. Having been hurt in the past, Ricky is determined to live a love and commitment free life, that is until muscled tattooed gym owner, Chase comes along determined to break down his walls. Ricky is attacked one dark night and Chase finds him and looks after him, and once Ricky is recovered Chase offers him one to one self-defence tuition at his gym. Their friendship blossoms into sexy shenanigans and then to something deeper that threatens to unhinge Ricky’s safe little life. Secrets are revealed and an HEA seems unlikely, but measured doses of angst, hope and resolution are dished out to reveal a somewhat predictable but endearing ending. The two main characters were captivating and the story was engaging. The supporting cast were also well developed personalities, and of course the sex was hot, hot, hot. I have loved all of Ashley John’s books. I think he is a talented young author with huge potential. While I didn’t find this story as exciting as some of his other books, I still think it is worth recommending as a quality read. I am very much looking forward to Ashley’s Christmas book and future work.