The Firsts & Forever 2: All In by Alexa Land

Title : All In                     Word Count :238 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Even though he’s really not over his ex-boyfriend Jamie, twenty three year old former football player Charlie finds himself drawn to Dante Dombruso, the gorgeous, highly dangerous leader of a mafia crime family. Dante is the perfect rebound fling, six feet, four inches of raw sex and hard Italian muscle, wrapped in an expensive suit.

The confident, sexy crime boss is way out of Charlie’s comfort zone. But Charlie already lost everything once by giving in to his fear, and he’s not willing to make the same mistake again.

If he’s going to do this, Charlie knows he can’t hold back. He can’t date this man a little, he can’t trust him a little, he can’t go to bed with him a little. If he’s going to get involved with Dante Dombruso, Charlie has to be All In.

Please note: This book is a lighthearted m/m romance. It contains explicit language, just a bit of BDSM to spice things up, and plenty of steamy sex between two hot guys. It’s intended for adult readers only.

My Review : From the beginning of the book Charlie started tugging at my heartstrings. My heart broke for the treatment he received from his parents after coming out to them. I was kinda prepared  not to like Charlie because of the way he treated Jamie in the first book  Way Off Plan,  but my hatred was unfounded. I was so sympathetic to his plight , I found my self feeling sorry for him and crying right along with him. Nobody deserves to be treated so carelessly by their parents, children should be loved unconditionally regardless of whatever  future paths they choose to take. At his lowest point , Dante was there as a shoulder to cry on , he was there to pick up the pieces of Charlie’s shattered life and dust him off.Everyone should have a Dante to take care of them, (sigh***) talk about romantic.

Nana is hilarious, Dante’s Sicilian grandma is crazy, she swears like a sailor and says whatever she feels whenever. She’s a warm , loving person and  a great woman to have in  your corner. Dante is one off the best things that could have happened to Charlie , because he not only gained a lover, he gained an extended family and a great friend in Christopher Robin,  Dante’s ex submissive prostitute. Dante tries to deny his need for inflicting pain during sex because he doesn’t want to hurt Charlie. What he can’t wrap his head around is that Charlie needs to feel the pain just as much as he needs to spank, flog and redden that ass. The spankings were so hot and so sensual and I’m glad Charlie was able to embrace this side of himself wholeheartedly. They both realized that they needed to trust each other to make their relationship truly work.There is a thin line between pain and pleasure and this book was a perfect portrayal of that. For that, this gets my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.