The third in Eli Easton’s fabulous Sex in Seattle series …
Title: The Mating of Michael
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it’s cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.
James Gallway’s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he’s lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can’t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.
In Eli Easton’s third of her Sex in Seattle series, she brings us Michael, a male nurse and sometimes gay sex surrogate, and James, a wheelchair bound best-selling author. The relationship between Michael and James is undeniably sweet and filled with sexual energy. James is surprised that beautiful Michael sees past the wheelchair to find James attractive, while Michael is shocked that someone as brilliant and amazing as James would want him. However, Michael is not forthright with James about his sex surrogate work, and this dishonesty puts their relationship in peril.
It’s impossible not to like both Michael and James – Michael is almost too caring and giving to be true, and James embodies “emotionally damaged”. The angst in this story comes from within the relationship – Michael isn’t truthful for fear of James misunderstanding his role as a sex surrogate, and James of course immediately jumps to every awful conclusion upon learning the truth.
This lovely story is fraught with relationship misunderstanding and woes, but the author rewards Michael and James (and the reader) with a delightfully satisfying happy ending. I really like this unique story – it’s the first M/M romance that I’ve read featuring a sex surrogate, and I found this aspect to be enlightening – and I recommend you read it. Also, even though it is a part of a series, The Mating of Michael may easily be read as a stand-alone story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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