Author: Amelia Mann
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Fifty-one-year-old Jonathan Allen is watching his friends sign domestic partnerships left and right, and for the first time considers how lonely his future might become. His last boyfriend was a parasite, hurting him in so many ways, and he’s beginning to believe living alone with his cat is a better option than chasing shadows.
When Jonathan starts working for Tricorp, a multinational construction company dealing with conservative religious countries in the Middle East and Asia, he connects with CEO Blake Carter on all levels. But the company is antigay and forces its employees to sign a reticence clause, which puts the company on the LGBT-blacklist, and Jonathan back into the closet. He knows fantasizing about Blake is a pointless endeavor. But life throws them a curveball when Jonathan’s ex and a man from Blake’s past come together to destroy both their lives.
This was an enjoyable short read about a man in love with his ‘straight’ boss, but unable to act on it. Jonathan has been crushing on Blake for some time, but company policy forbids him from acting on it, or even being openly gay.
Everything changes during a disastrous meeting with possible Middle Eastern customers when both Jonathan and Blake are outed. Blake is also out of a place to live so he goes home to Jonathan. Both men soon admit their feelings for each other.
Both men were likable and their chemistry was strong. The sex scenes were intense as well.
My only niggle was the occasional over-the-top dialogue, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the story by any means.
Solid plot and characterization and conflict made for a good short story here.
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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