Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Ronaldo Gutierrez/Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Jeremy Linden’s a PhD student researching an HIV vaccine. He’s always short of money, and when biotech startup PharmaTek reduces funding for his fellowship, he’s tempted to take a job at a men’s dining club as a serving boy. The uniforms are skimpy, and he’s expected to remove an item of clothing after each course. He can handle that, but he soon discovers there’s more on the menu here than fine cuisine. How far will he go to pay his tuition, and will money get in the way when he realizes he’s interested in more from one of his gentlemen?
Brice Martin is an attorney for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. When he’s asked to take a client to the infamous Dinner Club, he finds himself unexpectedly turned on by the atmosphere and especially by his server, Remy. He senses there’s more to the sexy young man than meets the eye. The paradox fascinates him, and he can’t get enough of Remy.
Their relationship quickly extends beyond the club and sex. But the trust and affection they’ve worked to achieve may crumble when Jeremy discovers Brice’s VC firm is the one that pulled the plug on PharmaTek—and Jeremy’s research grant.
OK, first off I have to warn you. This story was very “Pretty Woman” but the author basically admitted it in the story and used it as a source of humor. Second off, I really enjoyed this version of “Pretty Woman” from start to finish.
From the beginning, this story delivered on its promise. The dining club offered some very dirty dining. These scenes were just as hot as I expected with a bit of humor thrown into the mix. They were well crafted and play on the desire for the illicit. If you are not a fan of voyeurism, exhibitionism, or the concept of paying for sexual services, this one is not for you. But if it is, oh man you are in for one HOT ride.
However, while this story started out very steamy, the sex was not what kept me reading. I was captured by the developing relationship between Brice and Jeremy. It was a slow progression from lust to love. It happened quickly enough to fit into the story’s timeline, but not so fast as to be unrealistic or “instant.” The biggest concern for the men was the line between being a “kept boy” and being taken care of by a lover. That, and the funding for Jeremy’s research, provided the bit of angst needed to counteract the sometimes, almost cheesiness of the romance between these men. I enjoyed watching them learn about each other in and out of bed. I liked watching them dance around each other and the dining club while they figured out that they wanted more from this growing attraction. And I loved the sweet scenes that balanced the sexy ones.
I also like that there was a bit of character growth in the end. Both men had to make concessions for the other’s way of thinking. They were forced to step outside their narrow box in order to understand one another. It wasn’t much but it was enough to add a bit of needed depth to the men and their relationship.
I recommend this story. It was everything I was expecting with a very satisfying HFN/HEA. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from these men in the future, I would also love to see some of the “boys” get their own HFN/HEA especially Kit. Dear Author, is this to be a series? Or at least get a sequel? I do hope so.
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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