Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Wilde City Pres
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/14/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he’s never had before.
For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he’s finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who’s been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan’s alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame?
Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?
This is the sixth book in the Men of Manhattan series and although it’s been a while since I have spent any time with these characters it was easy to pick up and jump back in. I would personally recommend you read this series from the beginning and in the correct order – this is Ryan and Michael’s story and although you could probably get away with reading it as a standalone you will be a bit lost as to the relevance of all the secondary characters. Sandrine tends to build each of her series with a family feeling and the Men of Manhattan series definitely has that feel about it.
No matter how hard Ryan tries it seems that life is never quite fair. He comes from a prominent and wealthy family, his father is a congressman, who made all the right noises about the LGBT community until Ryan told them he was gay – then suddenly it wasn’t ok and Ryan was thrown out and left to fend for himself. On the face of things he is doing well – he has a nice apartment and a decent job but he never has quite has enough money – so by night he is a rent boy and although it pays the bills it is sucking the life out him and with someone out there killing male prostitutes it could very well be the death of him.
Michael Callahan has faced his own demons in the past but once he moved away from a toxic parent he has a better perspective on life. He is a fireman with a passion for his job, a good friend to those he cares about and the least judgemental person you are likely to meet. He has a bit of a crush going on where Ryan is concerned but when he rescues him from a burning building, literally saving his life, it becomes so much more.
It becomes more very quickly, possibly too quickly, as there is a definite case of insta-love going on here even if it takes them both a bit of time to say the words. It was great to catch up with all the previous characters in the series – I love the friendship and humour they all bring, especially Slater who hasn’t grown up at all and gave a great big fuck you to Casper’s parents.
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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