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Summary

When shy programmer, Charlie, is dragged to a "Magic Mike" club in Hollywood by his co-workers, the last thing he expects is to be pulled onstage. But when he's approached by Ramon, a dancer whose only focus is to bring him pleasure, something awakens in Charlie that can't be denied. Yet heated attraction only goes so far when one man dreams of true love and a life finally fulfilled, and the other is still grieving the one he lost, and the mistake that cost him everything. Can a realist and a dreamer from two different worlds move forward and build a future together, or will their painful pasts keep them from fulfilling their destiny? Contains mature themes.

©2017 Ruth Clampett (P)2017 Tantor

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Marvellous book. Worthy of so much more!

This book with its twists and turns, certainly keeps your attention. Maybe, I hope, that we shall see this on the big screen! I would certainly go to see it. Even if it were just on DVD/BLU-RAY, I would certainly purchase this. I can imagine Charlie David, especially when I think back to his performance in 'Mulligan's'. It would be a pity to see such a masterpiece like this, confined to paper, audio book and electronic reader.

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  • Paul
  • 04-07-19

Not for the literate

Grammatical and syntactical errors make the suspension of disbelief very difficult. The story is melodrama, but almost juvenilia. Are there no editors anymore?

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  • David
  • 21-12-17

Romance, drama and suspense!

Read "Unforgiven" by Ruth Clampett first. Great book filled with romance, drama and suspense. Wish Ruth Clampett would write more books, simply love her stories!

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  • Kate M
  • 17-12-17

Love, love, love

I absolutely loved encore. This is my second book by Ruth Clampett and she doesn't disappoint! I couldn't stop listening. Eric London is one of my favorite narrators, and he nails it. Can't wait for more books by Ruth !

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 10-10-20

couldn’t suspend disbelief

I tried to like this but should have noped out when the main POV character referred to professional female colleagues as girls. Not that this doesn’t happen, just that the whole techbro vibe went unexamined.

There was an attempt to make this ‘virgin meets stripper’ setup work, but through most for the first 2 meetups, I just pictured Butters’s crush on the girl at Raisins. Ramon does this job for money. Your opening move of revealing your personal tragedy made me flinch with an “oh, honey, no. Not like that.” I kept talking back at being impressed about not needing menus to order fish tacos at the closest place to work. “You seem to like nachos.” “Yes, I love Mexican food.” You don’t say. But what got me to stop was when he picked up Ramon for a date and was mad that Ramon looked too good. Because somehow wearing his tight after work clothes meant he was trying to attract *other* men. That’s toxic nonsense that leads to abusive dynamics, so when he launched into “don’t you feel exploited by you job?” interrogation, I quit for real. Asking for the “please don’t write strippers as main characters if you think stripping makes one abject” challenge.

Steam: the stage scene smoldered, which is one reason I kept reading. I never got far enough to assess overall steam.

Narration: the other reason I didn’t give ip earlier, although he didn’t try to give Ramon a Texas or Miami accent, it was still good.

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  • Blanchard
  • 25-04-18

Like this story

The writing did a good job building out the characters and the storyline. The characters jumped off the page and the narration was good and well paced.

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  • Vglo
  • 10-11-19

Something was off

I don’t know what it was about this book but something was just a little off for me. There was a lot of back and forth and quite frankly I found the MC a tad on the annoying side. However overall the narrator did a great job and I liked how it was tied up at the end. Feels like could’ve stretched some of that out more and cut out one or two of the back and forth.

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  • AmazonReviewer
  • 07-11-19

Problematic

The narration was spot on. The book on the other hand was highly problematic in numerous ways. The pandering and paternalistic attitude of Charlie and other characters toward Charlie’s disabled adult sister was the biggest issue I had with the book. Charlie’s lack of likability and childish point of view was another. He was unable to take any tiny bit of teasing without sulking and acting like a belligerent child. Also, his inability to respect Ramon’s boundaries and refusal to take no for an answer was alarming. Basically the MC was an overgrown petulant child masquerading as a mature adult. He had no social skills despite us being led to believe he was a successful and wealthy professional. Impossible.

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  • suedog
  • 05-07-19

Really Enjoyed

I love hearing how Ramon found his self and happiness.. I love him and Charlie.. Charlie has such a big heart and I love the way Ramon helped him figure that out and how he deserved to be loved and have a great life!!!!

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  • Cuba
  • 31-03-19

Great story

It was full of excitement And the love story was beautiful also the end had no cliffhanger overall it was a great read

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  • FauxFarmer
  • 11-03-19

Too overdone

The story had potential but pretty quickly devolved into overdone drama. The main character doesn't act like an adult male, instead is a thinly veiled stand-in for the intended reader: overloaded middle aged women who has too much responsibility on their shoulders and just wants a happily ever after with hunky guy sex. The main character repeatedly acted like an irrational teenage girl. The normalizing of irrational jealousy in this book was creepy. Yeeech.