Author: J. D. Walker
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Cisco Boyd, an outgoing thirty-five-year-old, believes in fortune cookies and horoscopes. Despite his lack of success in finding a steady boyfriend, Cisco never doubts the stars will eventually lead him to the man of his dreams.
One day, Cisco reads the fortune inside a cookie that says, “Red is the color of your heart’s desire.” So when Cisco’s date turns up wearing a red shirt, he’s ecstatic. But things don’t go as planned. After the date turns ugly, Cisco finds himself locked in his bathroom and calling the front desk of his apartment building for assistance.
Benjy McCrae, head of security, comes to his rescue. Cisco has always appreciated the hotness that is Benjy McCrae, but the man’s stern demeanor has never invited too much speculation…until now. Suddenly, Cisco sees Benjy with new eyes, including the part of the man’s security uniform that’s always been there—his red tie.
Perhaps Cisco’s “heart’s desire” has been right under his nose all along. But are the stars finally aligned in his favor?
I really liked this one. It was short but it was well done. The characters were humorous and likable. Cisco grabbed my heart from the very first page. I could feel his optimistic yearning for true love. He was desperate to find that one person he was meant to be with, but he never crossed the line into behaving as if he were desperate and settling for less than true compatibility and true love.
Keep in mind that this was a short story, so there really wasn’t any great plot line or long, involved character development, but there was relationship growth. It was fast, but these men had a history. They have only been together romantically a short time, but they knew each other well enough already, that this didn’t feel like insta-love.
I also enjoyed the astrology/fortune-cookie/fate aspect of this story. It added an element of fun that also help dispel that feel of insta-love. Going in, the reader knew this was not some super serious tale or some long, dramatic romance. It was fun, it was quirky, it had heart. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
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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