Author: Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/25/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Even though bankers’ hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.
Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.
Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex–naval officer turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his carefully orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.
Bankers’ Hours made me smile. I have a thing for quirky characters. Authors have to be careful when crafting them because if they go beyond a certain level of quirk it can turn an endearing character into an annoying one. There is no shortness of quirk when it comes to Grant Adams. He is obsessive and compulsive with a side order of anxiety. So many issues I can’t even begin to do it justice. Wade Kelly did a fabulous job of balancing him out with the super hot, seriously sexy, and very understanding Tristan Carr.
I think that Grant is one of those characters who benefits from the story being told in first person. It’s easier to empathize with him and feel his awkwardness with a bit of sympathy. There were a few times when I really wanted to smack him. He and Tristan are a sweet match, and I loved seeing how the author took their strange circumstances, and a crazy cast of characters, and built a lovely romance.
Realistic? Maybe not, but certainly very entertaining. I read romance to be entertained, and I love it when a story makes me smile or laugh. This is one of those books where you have to give yourself permission to be swept along in the process of being entertained, and not question or worry about reality. I also read romance because I want to read about love. I enjoy books with heart, and I gravitate toward stories where men find happiness because someone else appreciated and accepted their quirks.
This is the kind of book that gives a nice escape without pulverizing a reader’s heart. It’s fairly lighthearted, and although there are moments of angst and tension, it is not so over the top that it overshadows the fun and romance. If you are looking for a lighthearted story that’s a bit nutty, but also fun and entertaining, then spend some time with Bankers’ Hours.
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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