What it Looks Like
by Matthew J Metzger
Length: 80,615 words
Genres: Gay (M/M), Transgender, Contemporary, BDSM, Erotic Romance
Eli Bell is the only son of a police chief inspector and a forensic scientist. He's grown up wonky in a world that only deals with the straight and narrow– and his new boyfriend isn't helping.
Rob Hawkes is six feet of muscle, tattoos, and arrest warrants. A career criminal and a former guest of Her Majesty's Prison Service, he'd rather hit Eli's parents than sit down to dinner with them. One wrong move, and Rob could destroy Eli– and his family– without a second thought.
But this isn't what it looks like.
Rob's not in control here– and Eli's the one to blame.
4.5 of 5 stars
What It Takes is an emotional whirlwind of ups and downs that nearly brought me to tears. Rob and Eli's characters are unique and intense. Watching their relationship develop both gutted me and blew me away. The human element of the story captivated me so completely it outweighed the situational and technicalities aspects I struggled with; namely the BDSM elements that sort of fit the characters but portrayed risky behavior. I was also disappointed in how the struggle between Eli and his parents came to a head, not because it wasn't dramatic or even unrealistic, but because in my heart of hearts wanted it to result from a combination of logical and emotionally maturation, especially on his parent's part, and it saddened me that wasn't the case. I'd been anxiously anticipating this release for quite some time. The impact of the story as a whole simply wrecked me, and isn't one I will soon forget.
Matthew J. Metzger is the front for a British-born author dragged up in the south of England as part of a typical nuclear family with three kids, a mortgage, and no dog because a dog would get hair on the carpet. A brief escape to the north to study focused his writing from daydreaming rambles to his first novel, Our Last Summer. It is unquestionably better than the dissertation he produced at the same time for his university degree, but probably not as inventive as the excuses he provided for missing classes so often.
Matthew has since returned to the London area, and therefore lives mostly on the public transport. He suspects that his next few pieces will probably involve homicidal characters on the London Underground.