Author: Aleksandr Voinov and Amy Lane
Cover Artist: Jordan Taylor
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but he’s loving his vacation in London. After a long day playing tourist, he’s on the hunt for some cheap beer and a good burger. Instead he finds a man hunting him, an arrogant prick with only one thing on the brain: the kind of meat that doesn’t come on a bun.
Eighty-hour weeks at a trading desk don’t leave Malcolm Kavanagh much time for meaningful relationships. Besides, in his world, everything’s a competition—even sex. When his newest one-night-sub fails to show, Malcolm sets his sights on the pretty young Yank on the bar stool beside him.
Owen’s all for an adventure with a native, but he’s not the pushover Malcolm thinks he is, and Malcolm’s not as shallow as he tries to be. They both soon learn that nothing’s too intimate to share with a stranger, and the strangest things happen when two people share the most important pieces of their hearts.
I was not expecting this story at all. Based on the blurb, I was expecting something longer, something with a wide range of activities in and out of the bedroom and something covering a time frame typical of the stories establishing a strangers to lovers romantic relationships. What I got was short, sexy, and full of everything I was hoping for in a tidy little package that blew my mind for the way it covered such a range of emotional development in such a short timespan.
I have to admit, I was a bit worried at first. The way things were set up was fast paced and a bit disjointed at the start. There were times I found myself having to back up a bit because something Owen or Malcolm said or did didn’t translate for me. But once I caught on to the sarcastic patterns and became immersed in their banter, I found that that authors had put together a very clever story. One in which they gave the reader everything they needed to have a rich and fulfilling reading experience. Only they gave it to the reader in the context clues and the characters natural behaviors and speech. If you weren’t paying attention, you could easily miss details that established personalities and showed the characters slowly opening up to the other in subtle ways. It was very nicely done, to give me everything I needed without forcing it into the story through awkward dialogue or flashbacks. I love when stories are designed this way.
The beginning of the story also had a very irreverent feel to it. They bantered and bitched about everything including safewords and hard/soft limits. Like it was just another day at the office. But then things changed once the men were back in Malcolm’s flat. The power dynamic casually shifted from Malcolm to Owen and that was when I really knew this story would be much more than I thought it would be. Once Owen established his patient dominance, Malcolm unravelled and opened to a world he never knew existed. In one weekend’s time, these authors managed to convince me of Malcolm and Owen’s emotional attachment and made me forget my hatred for contemporary instant love scenarios. I fell for this love hook, line, and sinker. These men were laid bare in the span of two days and I relished every moment of their journey.
Finally, I loved the ending. I loved that it was emotional and sweet and so full of hope and promised happiness. It was a risk but a believable risk and I find myself dying to read book 2 in this series to see if this HFN truly becomes a HEA.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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