Keaton, who is now in college, has been with his girlfriend for years. They know almost everything about each other, but Keaton didn’t know his girlfriend wanted a threesome and he promised to make it happen for her birthday. Keaton hasn’t ever been with another guy, but the more he thinks about it, the more appeal it has. Going on a kink app to find a prospect for the threesome leads to way more than Keaton bargained for as he matches with a guy and enjoys their chats and their connection maybe a little too much. Keaton has a lot more going on as well. His relationship with his parents is strained and his wealthy father is obsessed with Keaton becoming president of his fraternity, as well as his future. But Keaton keeps coming back to check the messages on his app.
Luke is in the same fraternity as Keaton. When he couldn’t live at home anymore, he pledged so he could have a place to live at the fraternity house at a reasonable rate. But nothing is reasonable for Luke as his scholarship only covers classes, and he works nights as a stripper just to survive. He likes sex and, being bisexual, he’s open to encounters with both men and women, but the match on the app and this proposed threesome has got his attention. Luke and Keaton may have more in common than they think.
This story was fun. It could have gone all kinds of wrong, but I liked the playful nature to it, balanced by some serious tones of what both Luke and Keaton were going through. Luke and Keaton had completely different upbringings. Keaton is from a wealthy family and his father is determined that Keaton will work for him and eventually take over. However, Keaton is not interested in finance. Luke is a finance major, but hasn’t had the same advantages at home. He grew up without a father, his relationship with his mother is toxic, and his brother is on parole and dangerous. Luke also doesn’t have a close relationship with the fraternity brothers who all grew up with advantages, and he doesn’t want to talk about his family or his job. But Keaton and Luke click during chats, only they don’t know who they are talking to.
The first part of the book sets up Keaton and Luke chatting over the app and Keaton coming to terms with his feelings regarding his sexuality. It then moves as their relationship evolves in stages. The guys have a lot to deal with and have their own issues. They both have family problems, with Luke’s being more dangerous and his storyline gets more coverage. But then, for as much as Keaton’s family seemed to be an issue for him, that storyline fizzled out somewhat for me.
We get POV from both Luke and Keaton, but Luke doesn’t really talk about his feelings for Keaton much. He hasn’t had anyone on his side ever and he can’t believe or trust that someone would love him. He sees his wealthy frat brothers get everything they need (and don’t need) and Luke’s tries to keep himself at a distance, but desperately wants to belong.
The book has a definite new adult feel with the guys still being in college and trying to find their way in the world and find their way to each other. Top Secret started out fun and then added in all the feels and layers to the characters and it’s a good choice if you are looking for a book with college age characters.