ARC Review: Give Me A Hand by Gwen Martin

Overall: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 💦😏😌🤔🤨😩

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MM romance
Location: Florida, primarily Orlando, also St. Petersburg
MC age range: early 20s
Lead: Cam
Love interest(s): Jude
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 199
Publisher: Self – published
Audible: No
Series: Yes – Beyond Desire Series
1. Give Me A Hand – released 3/10/20

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, MM
Possible triggers: Abandonment

The Quick and Dirty: A steamy, college friends-with-benefits story between roommates that turns into something more.

This was a quick read for me and while I enjoyed the dynamics between Cam and Jude’s roommates turned friends-with-benefits relationship, I felt like I needed a little more out of the character development and the commitment-phobe conflict felt a smidge too predictable.

My biggest qualm with this book though was how the intimacy played out. The opening scene of the book sets the tone for it to be a very steamy read but as the book progresses, the steaminess plateaus. I kept expecting them to take it to the next level but it didn’t happen. By the end, I felt like I was left with a giant case of 🔵🔵s. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I think the same could be said if were a MF romance — if it was all manual with a single oral scene, we’d all want more, especially when their relationship takes a turn toward “official”. The manual play is great,  but honestly I was sorely disappointed in the lack of additional action. Give me more than a hand! Give me the goods!! Perhaps it’s only me – if manual play is your jam, this one would be a hit!

Their world collided, everything changed.

Cam and Jude had been college roommates for two years, fitting into each other’s lives with ease.

That is, until Cam walked in on Jude getting off alone in their shared dorm bathroom.

Everything shifted between the two of them, awakening feelings Cam hadn’t felt for anyone in a long time. Feelings Cam believed had shriveled up after surviving a near fatal car accident to then suffer a disastrous breakup with his first love.

Since then, Cam kept his heart sealed tight in a fortress, keeping himself busy with a lot of mindless hookups and a steadfast refusal to ever commit.

Cam’s life had been predictable. He knew what he wanted.

Until that impromptu mutual orgasm with Jude.

Cam didn’t want a boyfriend, and he certainly didn’t *need* a relationship.

But he knew one thing he did crave and that was more of Jude McAlister.

Will Cam be able to work through his painful past if Jude offered him a chance at more?

***Give Me A Hand is the first book in the Beyond Desire Series, but is a standalone novel. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but the couples will show up throughout the series. It is approximately 55,000 words and a New Adult Friends to Lovers romance between two men with explicit language and graphic sex intended for Adults Only. There is a 5k bonus epilogue available in this copy that was not provided to advanced reader copies that features a HEA***


Gwen Martin lives in Florida where the sun is always shining, the humidity is always high, and Disney is just a hop skip away. When she’s not trying to write one of her million story ideas, she’s usually hanging out with her husband and four cats. 

Gwen first started writing at a young age, coming up with stories in class instead of paying attention to the math lesson. Since then she has been exploring her love of writing in various fan communities where she has learned how to cultivate character development and romantic interactions.

She has a strong love affair with cold brew coffee, black cats, and nerding out in various fandoms. When she’s not writing, she’s reading everything she can get her hands on, listening to a lot of lo-fi and making playlists, chilling with her four gatos and obsessing about Pusheen. Because it’s always about Pusheen.