Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/13/2008
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Picking pockets and stealing cars, Adam Reyes does what he must to survive. Working Chicago’s O’Hare airport, he feels pretty confident when he spots his next mark.
Security expert Rhone Quinn can’t believe the wiry kid who grabs his cell phone almost gets away with it. Logic says turn the teen over to the cops, but Rhone is a man who trusts his instincts, and his gut tells him to offer the young man a job and a chance to begin a new life. Little does Rhone know that when he makes that choice it will forever change his life, too. Over the years that follow a mentor relationship turns into a unique, abiding friendship. It eventually leads to true equality between Rhone and Adam when Adam becomes a full partner in Quinn Security.
Unbeknownst to Rhone, as time passes by, Adam is also falling deeply in love. With Rhone. Who isn’t gay. And who doesn’t know that Adam is. Then, one day, Rhone discovers the truth. Will Rhone’s new awareness of Adam’s feelings bind the men together even more intimately, or tear them apart for good?
I had high hopes of this from the blurb, and for a 90 page novella it certainly wanted to cram a lot in.
Normally I hate spoilers on a review, but I am afraid that there are 1 or 2 below.
Rhone is a security expert, of 25 who after getting his pocket picked, or rather not, takes a chance on the young thief and offers him a job. Not only that, when the boy accepts they end up living together.
Rhone is a big burly mans man, he’s started a business with his brother and is working on making it bigger and better. At 25 he likes the ladies, but doesn’t have a lot of time to date really. He spends a lot of time at work, and then at home with Adam.
Adam is a conundrum, he’s good looking and gay, yet keeps this under wraps totally. So for the 10 years that he lives with Rhone his sex life seems to consist of listening to Rhone having sex with women and wishing that it was him. Until…one night Adam puts Rhone to bed and sleeps with him. The long suppressed desires come to the fore, and Adam ends up masturbating , in the same bed.
Appalled at his behavior, Adam decides its time to move out and start his own life. By this juncture they have been living and working together for 9 years, and Rhone is still completely oblivious to how Adam feels – but luckily the other 2 employees of Quinn have some idea and a plan is hatched.
The book seemed far fetched at stages, but the last 25% seemed to grab every cliche and try and run with it, Rhone, at 35 has never seemed to look or think about any other man, realises he wants Adam and has him. Obviously Adam is very happy about this turn of events.
While I can understand that the device of a staunchly heterosexual person falling for someone of the same sex can be incredibly romantic, and here it could have been, but a combination of trying to fit too much history into a small book, and the very sudden sex at the end if the book made it feel very awkward for me.
I think that sex can be quite a difficult thing to write, and also to get the balance oif physical and emotional intimacy can be hard, and because if the history between Rhone and Adam that this would make the sex scenes better. And for me, I don”t need a lot of graphic descriptions or even on page sex to enjoy a book, however I found the language used so not to my taste here.
I think that CD tried to cram too much into this, and for me should have concentrated on the emotional connection between the two men, not so much on the physical.
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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