Author: Anna Zabo
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/16/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance
From the thriling new author of Takeover, a steamy new novel about having all the control—and losing it…
Justin White may not look like an up and coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli—and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom….
Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control—and push them both far beyond their limits. But will his need to dominate Justin drive him away—or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?
Just Business by Anna Zabo is a love story. I know we think all MM stories are romances but this is a pure love story in every sense of the word. It’s sizzling and erotic and intense. It’s beautiful, so beautiful that I read it twice. The first time I raced through it. I laughed, I smiled and I cried. I was a mess when I finished the story the first time, I had to read it again to pull together my thoughts for this review, and I laughed, smiled, and cried all over again. It was just as powerful the second time as it was the first.
Justin White is used to serving coffee to Sam Anderson and Eli Ovadia, after all the offices of S.R. Anderson Consulting are above the coffee shop he works in. He’s overheard enough conversations between Sam and Eli to know that Sam is looking for an assistant. Justin just needs the right opportunity to convince Sam that he is perfect for the position.
As much as Justin is ready and able for whatever Sam needs he isn’t prepared for the way Eli makes him feel. The way a glance from Eli makes him shiver, makes him want to drop to his knees, the way it seems that Eli can look into his very soul and see the need within him. Eli also isn’t ready for young firecracker Sam hires. Justin reminds him too much of what he once had, and all that he lost. Both men are running from their pasts and struggling in the present. Eli from the accident that robbed him of his first love and his parents, an accident that also left him a shattered leg. Justin is running from an ex-boyfriend who callously destroyed his trust and belief in true love. A relationship that cost him a promising career and left him up to his eyes in debt.
The two men dance around each other at work, both wanting each other and neither of them knowing what to do. It’s not until unspoken need drives both men to a BDSM party where they encounter each other that things start to click into place. But with the demons in both men’s past so strong can anything they build break their hold? Or is history doomed to repeat itself. Neither man could survive that.
This book is like lightening and quicksand. It’s so full of sexual tension and innuendos that it sparkles and yet underneath the electric sizzling away is a fragile layer of sand where there should be rock. The two men are poles apart yet very much alike. Justin is strength, determination and PTSD all wrapped up in a shell of resilience, and Eli is vulnerable and fragile. He may not seem it at first, but underneath that hard steel like shell Eli is a man who just wants love, and to be loved. A man Justin could so easily and unwittingly destroy.
This is a character driven story that revolves around the two men and as much as we have Sam and Michael and the rest of the secondary characters (including Eli’s wonderful cat) at its core it is just about Justin and Eli, they hold every page on their own. It’s a fast moving story but it’s also a very quick read. Once started it’s not a book to put down. It’s hot and steamy, the sex jumping off the page, and its angsty. The anguish just rolls of the page and I couldn’t stop myself being affected even the second time when I knew the ending. I loved both characters but its Eli that my heart ached for.
I don’t want to say any more except that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and the only book I’ve ever read twice back to back. It’s now one of my top five MM romances. Highly recommended.
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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