With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

With-or-Without-HimTitle: With or Without Him

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/19/2013

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


The most dangerous refuge could be his lover’s arms.

Everyone has at least one deep-seated fear. For Tyler, it’s being in debt. He’s so desperate to get out and stay out of it, he’ll do almost anything—including selling his body at Saturday night sex parties.

But he refuses to open his mind to anyone, especially the men paying to use him however they want. The only time he’s truly happy is during the week at college, when he can escape into his music.

The moment Haris sees Tyler playing piano at a concert, he falls hard, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make the guy his. Even if it means—for the first time in his life—opening his wallet as wide and desperate as his heart.

£20,000 to live with a good-looking guy for four months? How can Tyler resist the chance to ditch the sex party scene for good? But neither man realizes how much they’re risking. And when outside forces close in, ready to destroy them, the trickiest part about the next four months could be just surviving.

Warning: Contains a “for hire” bad boy with a filthy mouth, an awkward guy with a penchant for BDSM, a hypochondriac butler who won’t shut up, a dog called Alcide, and a lot of hot and dirty M/M sex.

My View:

I loved With or Without Him. The blurb does a good job of setting the scene so I’ll dive straight into my review.

Both characters are complex and interesting, both men are running from their pasts, pasts that haunts them and affect every facet of their lives. For Tyler it’s a fear of debt which stems from his traumatic and damaged childhood. Harris on the other hand has an inability to trust, and this is what leads him to offer Tyler money to be with him, not trusting Tyler would be with him without it. Add in trouble from two directions, firstly from the people who run the sex parties Tyler no longer attends, and secondly the strange white Fiat that seems to be following Harris around and it’s all a recipe for disaster. The pace of the story is quite fast with lots of twists and turns. So much is going on you never know what’s going to happen next, but the plot unravels with enough detail to stop the reader getting confused, and with all the elements satisfactorily explained.

Harris falls hard for Tyler, and because he doesn’t trust him, even though he’s paying him, he becomes jealous and angry very easily, taking things out on Tyler which he shouldn’t do, with Tyler not knowing what to do or say for the best. So much could have been avoided if they had talked to each other, communicated with words, as well as with their bodies. The sex between both men is scorching hot, certainly between the sheets, and on top of the sheets, and on the stairs, anywhere actually, in that respect Tyler and Harris fit like a pair of gloves, their issues as well as the age gap between them seeming to disappear as soon as they got naked.

The secondary characters are extremely well written too. I loved Wilson, Harris’s chauffeur, butler, cook and general right hand man. He was wonderful, funny and smart, a hypochondriac, but every time he opened his mouth I laughed. I enjoyed this book immensely, but did find the miscommunication frustrating. Along the way we get to see what Harris and Tyler are thinking and I just wanted them to say some of that out loud. I wanted both men to trust each other, talk and communicate much earlier than they did.

With or Without Him grabbed my attention and held it to the very end, and as it’s a long book, at over 110,000 words that’s a testament to great story telling, and a good intense plot. It was well written, with likable characters and writing that flows smoothly and easily from one scene to the next. If you love rent boys with soft hearts, and lonely rich men who don’t know who to trust then With or Without Him is right up your street.

This review was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com which is no longer online.


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