INTOXICATING BY ONLEY JAMES
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
"I don't think the proper apology for attempted murder is mutual orgasms."
Lincoln Hudson has just been handed the easiest job in the world. Babysit the spoiled son of a conservative senator, keep him out of trouble, and receive a six-figure paycheck, a paycheck he desperately needs. Wyatt’s father claims he needs Linc’s firm hand and discipline. One look at him and Linc agrees. Wyatt needs discipline.
Being the closeted gay son of a family values senator has left Wyatt Edgeworth with a reckless streak and a love of partying that just cost him eight months of his life and might cost his father his re-election. So now he has a babysitter. A very sexy babysitter.
When Wyatt drunkenly tells Linc he’d make an excellent Daddy, they reach an understanding. Wyatt gets a Daddy and Linc gets a paycheck, then they go their separate ways. For this to work, discretion is key, but with a reporter dogging Wyatt’s every move, that might prove impossible.
Staying together was never an option, but with each passing day, their feelings only grow. Will they risk it all for what’s supposed to be a harmless fling?
In many ways Intoxicating by Onley James broke my heart. It was the HEA that made everything okay in the end though.
From the start Wyatt is framed as a spoiled little shit but that isn't the case. It's far more complicated than that. He's gay. His super conservative father knows it. The pair get along like oil and water. Honestly, there is no redeeming Wyatt's father. He deserved everything he got plus a bit more.
Wyatt, however, was a perfectly loveable character once you understood what motivated him. He was an abused kid who wanted a way out but didn't see one that wasn't bloody.
Lincoln is a well rounded character with plenty of depth and I loved him from the start. He hesitated just enough where Wyatt was concerned to make you realize he was a good person, unwilling to take advantage of a situation where he honestly had all the power.
Together, Wyatt and Lincoln are wonderful. The "discipline" Lincoln gives Wyatt is just what the boy needs to help stabilize him but in the end sex isn't enough. Love comes quickly but . . . things are complicated to say the least.
Personally, I really enjoyed how Intoxicating wrapped up. The book had layers of depth I cannot properly convey. I recommend Wyatt and Lincoln's story to anyone who wants a raw, gritty read that will break your heart and put you back together again.
Some aspects of Wyatt's personality reminded me of James Charles and I was not fond of that but overall it did not take away from the story.