Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
When the love of Austin Bale’s life—Rupert the German Shepherd—is critically injured in a car accident, he has to find seventeen hundred dollars and fast. Austin lives alone, works a minimum wage job and has no one he can turn to. The only thing he can offer vet Lynton Brooke, by way of payment, is himself.
Lynton takes him up on his offer and is soon smitten by the reclusive Austin. Both men recognise a kindred spirit, a lonely soul that needs a mate, but Austin is too aware of their different backgrounds. Can he ever hope that Lynton could be the one?
Poor downtrodden Austin is at wits end when his beloved German Shepard, Rupert, is gravely injured by a car. He’s poor, living hand to mouth, has a lousy job, and has no means to pay for the expensive veterinary surgery and treatment that Rupert needs to live. Knowing this and willing to do anything to save his only friend, Austin impulsively offers his body to handsome veterinarian, Lynton, in exchange for Rupert’s surgery. Taken off guard by the offer, Lynton turns Austin down in humiliating fashion, but lonely Lynton soon decides that he’ll accept beautiful Austin’s bargain. So begins their tenuous relationship …
As the title indicates, loneliness, and that which these men are willing to do in order to escape it, is the underlying theme of this story. Austin is truly alone except for his faithful dog, Rupert. He has no family, no friends, and is trapped in poverty. He is willing to sacrifice the only commodity he has – his own body – in order to save Rupert. Lynton is also lonely – he has no personal relationship, and he craves the companionship and warmth of someone in his life. He is willing to compromise his integrity and to use another person in order to temporarily satisfy this need.
I truly like Austin’s character. He’s sincere, vulnerable, and pure of heart. Lynton’s character leaves me more conflicted. Although Lynton quickly comes to adore Austin, and he regrets taking advantage of Austin and treating him dismissively after their first sexual encounter, it is difficult for me to get past Lynton’s initial willingness to capitalize on destitute Austin’s clear desperation. However, Austin does forgive him, and they settle into a cozy life together.
Other than the lingering effects of their unfortunate beginning, this story is virtually angst free. Austin is poor with no prospects. Lynton is financially well off and happy to have Austin to care for. They both find within each other someone to love and to fill the lonely void inside. Their relationship quickly evolves into a serious and passionate one, and their happily ever after is easily achieved.
This story isn’t terribly complicated or strife filled, but it does have some seriously sexy moments, and the affection between Austin and Lynton is gooey sweet. This is the perfect “unlikely couple” love story to read before bed or on a lazy Sunday afternoon (I read it while getting a pedicure!).
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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