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A Matter Of Necessity
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from Reviewer Ley
January, 2008

Rating: Recommended Read (highest rating & special selection)

After working undercover as gay lovers for the better part of a year, returning back to their lives wasn't easy for FBI Special Agents Alex Ware and Shawn Matthews, especially when it turns out Shawn wants to continue being Alex's lover.  Shawn has been in love with Alex for years, but out of respect for their friendship and working environment, he never revealed his feelings.  Their undercover assignment was fate telling him this was meant to be, and Shawn took full advantage of the opportunity to finally show Alex how much he loved him.

Alex never thought of himself as gay and had even less of a clue that Shawn might be gay. This was an assignment and you did whatever was needed to survive.  The fact that he actually liked kissing Shawn and his body came alive every time Shawn touched him only made their undercover identities more believable.  Once the sting was over and they made their case, things would go back to normal, so Alex believed.

A Matter of Necessity was a romantic comedy with added suspense and drama.  Shawn was a lovesick puppy who drove Alex absolutely batty and I loved every minute of it.  Who wouldn't want this gorgeous g-man with a sexy Australian accent declaring to anyone who would listen how much he loves you?  Alex wanted to believe he didn't want Shawn, but he knew he would be lying.  He wanted Shawn just as much as Shawn wanted him, but Alex was afraid of the stigma of being gay.  I did feel for Alex and his struggle to come to terms with his attraction to another man, and Shawn's sweet, lovingly aggressive pursuit of him only added to his struggle.  Even though Shawn and Alex took a while to see eye to eye about their relationship, they never lost respect for one another as teammates or their fierce protectiveness of each other.  The reactions of their other teammates from the Bureau to their relationship was a mixed bag, with some reactions fitting perfectly to the comedic tone of the story.  I very much enjoyed reading A Matter of Necessity, a definite Joyfully Recommended read.

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ElisaRolleLJ
February, 2008

Rating: 5 Stars

After working undercover as gay lovers for the better part of a year, returning back to their lives wasn't easy for FBI Special Agents Alex W

This is a little discovery. I have this book since a bit, but for one reason or the other, I wait to a lot before reading it. And I immediately discovered my mistake cause since the first pages you can understand that this is a great romance, that the fans of the genre will love.

Alex is a wasp FBI Special Agent who has fought all his life to avoid the innuendo from friends or colleague about him being gay. Actually he has never desired men, he loves women and finds very attractive all the women are. Only he is also a very uptight middle-classe man, who loves to grew roses, write poems and paint. And since he is also an handsome, but not bulky man, he is always mistaken for a gay man.

So when he is undercover with Shawn, a big Australian Special Agent, very manly and handsome, he is totally unprepared when the big guy hits on him, and openly declares his attraction for him and the desire to be his lover... in the submissive position! True, they are undercover as gay lovers, but it's not necessary to play the role when they are alone in their house, but Shawn has no restrain and in the end he manages to involve Alex in an hot relationship. But when their mission ends, what will remain to them? They are teammate and the Agency maybe will be not so happy to have two agents involved in an open gay relationship.

I like very much as T.D. McKinney manages to mix romance with reality. True, some scenes are really stretched to the limit of reality (Shawn's woo of Alex), but hey, this is a romance, and I like to read those things, they appeal to the ultimate romantic who is in me. But Alex is also a character who thinks and before throws himself in a relationship with Shawn, he works very hard trying to drive him back. Shawn instead is the dream of every woman, and man maybe: attentive and loving, the right dose of push and comprehensive attitude.

It's really interesting to read the dichotomy between Shawn, with his bulky body, who is instead the more feely touching and exuberant in the couple, and Alex, who I envision like the classical prim and proper character, who seems cold and aloof, but when they threaten his lover, he reacts like a poisonous snake: silent but deadly.

Only one remarks, very minimal indeed: T.D: McKinney is very good in writing the sex scenes, build them with a growing pathos, but she shut the doors in the apex... why does she not let peep in a little more?

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from Reviewer Tony
February 2, 2008

Rating: 4 Lips

There is a saying: Every male or female has gay tendencies deep inside, but would never admit it. This is what FBI agent Alex Ware is facing. Alex and his partner, Aussie-born Shawn Matthews, are agents in deep cover working on a case involving an international arms dealer. The arms dealer, James “The Jam” Ronnecker, happens to be gay and only trusts gay customers. In order to gain the dealer’s confidence, the two agents have to prove convincingly to Ronnecker that they are gay or Ronnecker will kill them on the spot, plain and simple.

Shawn Matthews has no problem performing in front of Ronnecker because he's bi. Also, unbeknownst to Alex, Shawn has a secret crush on his partner and this situation allows him to realize the fantasy he has been having of making love to Alex. There is only one problem -- Alex is straight. Considering their lives depend on it and with a little acting, Alex gives in and allows himself to be “seduced” by Shawn. The case is solved and both agents are back to a normal life, ready to take on their next assignment. This poses another problem: Alex had been thinking a lot about the love scene they performed in front of Ronnecker. The fact is Alex really did enjoy the little tryst with Shawn when they were undercover. Now, he is fighting his own demons. At one point, he tells himself, I am fighting what is left in my life: my heart and my sanity. Will it be his sanity, trying to convince himself he is not bi, or will it be his heart because, deep inside, he really loves Shawn.

T D McKinney illustrates the fact it doesn’t matter whether a person is gay or straight. What’s important in life is love conquers all, and the author expresses this adoringly as  A Matter of Necessity relates the bond between Alex and Shawn. TD McKinney shows the two main characters as real people and, just like any couple, they love, protect each other, fight, make-up, and love again. The sex scenes are implied rather than graphic. This is not necessarily bad. The author demonstrates that a novel doesn’t always have to have obligatory sex in every chapter. Hugging and kissing can be even more titillating. It also reveals the genuine love Alex and Shawn have for each other and is more realistic.

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from Reviewer Hayley
February, 2008

Rating: 4 Angels

Alex Ware and Shawn Matthews are FBI agents deep undercover. Their case is to bring down a terrorist arms dealer and both men go in knowing that they will have to pretend to be a gay couple to elicit the dealers trust. But things change in the matter of an instant when Alex and Shawn are forced to “convince” the dealer of their relationship by providing more proof than a few hugs and kisses. With one single act the dynamics of both men’s lives are changed forever.

A Matter of Necessity is the first story I’ve read by author T. D. McKinney and I really enjoyed it. Alex and Shawn were total opposites in men. Alex was a study in contradictions. He’s a slightly effeminate man who has less than masculine hobbies but is completely straight. Shawn is a domineering, large and very macho man who is completely comfortable in his masculinity but is bisexual. I found the dynamics in the bedroom to be fun since, ironically enough, Alex was the dominating personality once the passion began to build and I thought that it was a nice touch by the author. I did find it a little confusing that Shawn is Australian but works for the FBI, but I did like the accent, very sexy. The sensual scenes were very well written and most of the action was implied and occurred behind closed doors. Because we weren’t given a step by step run through it took a back seat to the struggles that Alex faced as a straight man trying to come to grips with his feelings for another man. The back story of the arms dealer was interesting and I would have liked to have had a bit more focus on what was occurring there. All in all this was an endearing story of love between two people and the struggles that they faced to overcome preconceived notions of how love should be—their own ideas and those of people around them.

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July 13, 2008

Rating: 5 Stars

FBI Special Agent Alex Ware and his partner and friend Shawn Matthews have been working undercover for more than half a year on a dangerous sting operation to expose James Ronnecker, a terrorist arms dealer, and everything is proceeding according to plan when Shawn adds a new wrinkle to the assignment. To lull the suspicions of their ‘mark’ and make their elaborate and daring ruse appear authentic, Shawn decides to up the ante and prove to him they are a real couple by taking advantage of the opportunity and making love to Alex who plays along thinking that, although very pleasurable, this is part of their cover. But when Shawn goes further than Alex ever dreamed he would, he is totally blown away.

Alex is taken completely by surprise when Shawn reveals later that he has always cared about him and wants him for his lover during their assignment and after it ends and that he won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Shawn has been in love with Alex for years but never told him because he didn’t want to jeopardize their partnership or friendship. Alex never thought that Shawn might be gay because he always dated women and he certainly does not regard himself as anything other than heterosexual, but he is totally unprepared for Shawn’s campaign to win his heart and body.

Shawn in love and in pursuit made this story a comedy as well as a serious suspense drama. At times I felt very sorry for Alex who had never had a relationship with a man and does not know how to handle his feelings for Shawn during his campaign to win him; he realizes how much he cares for Shawn and had repressed those feelings over the years. Being back at the Agency made it difficult to continue the personal relationship they started while on the undercover assignment – if they reveal their involvement it could mean the end of their partnership. In the meantime they are both on edge from not being able to see each other and their partnership and personal life are in shambles as Alex continues to struggle with the implications of “coming out” to their friends and colleagues. Then everything comes crashing down on their heads as they realize that in the meantime the threat posed by Ronnecker is still very active and they must figure out their next move in order to stay alive

I read A Matter of Necessity when it was first released late last year and I loved it then. Recently I re-read it and realized that it was just as great the second or third time around as little details and nuggets that I didn’t notice before made the story come alive again. Shawn and Alex were so good together that it was hard to decide which character made my heart race more but I think that Shawn, the big handsome Aussie who declared to everyone who would listen how much he loved Alex, won by a nose. Poor Alex who couldn’t deal with the thought of being gay and the effect it could have on his career was playing a losing hand. The reactions of their colleagues to their involvement surprised them as they ranged from supportive to predictable to comedic. Alex was chagrined when he realized how much he adored Shawn and it didn’t matter that the love of his life was another man because every time Shawn made love to him it was absolutely, totally, unbelievably pleasurable. I loved the way they respected and were protective of each other even during the time they were trying to work things out. The dialogue in this book was so funny that sometimes I burst out laughing, the pacing was just right but the reason I loved it so much was the characterizations. This is one terrific book!

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