Author: Silvia Violet
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/20/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
An unexpected inheritance lands Jeremy a large house and plenty of money to take a sabbatical from his job teaching poetry at a small college. He intends to sell the house and take off on a new path to discover what he wants out of life. Then he meets Connor. The attraction he feels to a man so different from himself is no less shocking than his change in financial circumstances, but Connor is in the closet and Jeremy wants a life lived out in the sun.
Connor is a former Force Recon Marine who runs a housecleaning business. When he’s hired to get Jeremy’s house market-ready, he’s startled by how attracted he is to his client despite their many differences. But his past, especially his final mission, weighs heavily on him. He’s not certain he can be the man Jeremy needs, but no man has ever made him want to take a risk like Jeremy does.
I’m a sucker for Marines with a sad story so found it very easy to fall for Connor in Coming Clean but as the story progressed I wanted to give him a good shake. Even after the repeal of DADT he never came out but it was largely to do with how his best friend Mario, also a Marine, would view him. He still isn’t over his last mission and is floating aimlessly with no idea what to do with his life. There is a sadness and loneliness to Connor that he doesn’t seem able to get past. Although he has been with other men it doesn’t happen frequently. He has never kissed another man as that would be far too personal and would mean he would have to admit to himself that he was gay. He has never been fully naked with another man, only rushed sex in unpleasant places. One thing Connor is good at is cleaning so the idea of setting up a cleaning business seems like one of his better ones.
Jeremy is bored with his life teaching unappreciative teens so when a large inheritance that includes a house comes his way he takes off on a sabbatical. The house of course needs cleaning which is how Jeremy and Connor meet. They are complete opposites in just about every aspect of their life; Jeremy is out and proud, confident in who he is but shy in new situations and has a gentleness about him whereas Connor stumbles into situations, is terrified of anyone finding out who he really is and comes across as a bit of thug.
I couldn’t understand why Connor would rather hurt Jeremy with his swinging emotions rather than simply stand up to a bigoted so called best friend and I would also have liked to learn more about how his PTSD affected him. When they finally get together things are hot and sizzling and some of Connor’s demons are not nearly as bad as he has built them up to be.
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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