Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.
Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.
When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?
Mary Calmes is one of my most read authors, her writing just draws me in, and so when she releases a new book I grab it with both hands. This one is much shorter than her usual fare but there is a lot of character development and story without much angst for just under 100 pages.
Dwyer Knolls is expecting to get fired from his job for what is seen as a recent failure but in fact his failure is what actually saves him. Instead of looking for a new job he is part of a huge company reorganisation which sees many new members of staff arriving from Japan.
Takeo Hiroyuki has been a constant disappointment to his father but it appears they are stuck with each other albeit due to money and not blood. He has been sent to America to work in his fathers office and he immediately catches the eye of Dwyer. Takeo is cold, socially frigid and goes through work partners faster than he eats dinner but his mannerisms and odd ways are entirely appealing to Dwyer.
For the 3 years that these two men work with each other Dwyer remains friendly and popular with his peers where as Takeo earns the nickname The Ice King. The only person Takeo really has any sort of ‘normal’ communication with is Dwyer and even that is somewhat stilted. In all that time Dwyer has fancied Takeo but he has no clue how the other man feels.
Dwyer is due to fly to Florida on business with his colleague Mak but at the last minute it is Takeo that board the plane to travel with him. He is dishevelled, possibly drunk and behaves completely out of character opening up about his family and the pressure he is under. From here the story wraps up pretty quickly when they arrive and fall in love with each other and their destination, aided by Takeo’s father shouting abuse down the phone.
Nice catch up with Aaron Sutter – I do like a bit of crossover where my favourite characters are concerned!
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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