Rate: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: 242 pages
Published: November 28, 2015
Publisher: Silvia Violet Books (Self-Published)
Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They’re clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.
My View: I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book. I’m glad for reading challenges. This has been in by TBR since before it was released and I guess it got lost in the holiday frenzy. I read my first Silvia Violet’s books thanks to Kindle Unlimited and had been hooked since then. It was no different with this book.
Before the first five percent of the story, I knew I’d love Thorne’s and Dash’s story. I have a sweet spot for rent boys and porn stars and love when they get their HEA. Especially, if it is with a middle-aged man, closeted or not. And the erotic aspects of the book were just an added bonus.
I like that the author didn’t wait to get into the action. We didn’t have to read the MCs’ internal struggles before we see them together. We got everything wrapped up perfectly as one. We get to learn more about them at the same time they knew more about each other. We discovered their likes and wants together and get to experience the changes happening in their relationship from the very beginning.
The majority of the story happens in a vacuum, Thorne’s apartment, but we get to see them interacted with their friends and colleagues individually and went on some dates with them too. Their times together weren’t repetitive even when it was a recurring appointment between them. Each felt fresh and unique, but most importantly, realistic. Their escapades were mostly reachable, and the few extravagant dates were credible for a business man.
As always, the author delivered an excellent erotic romance. They had great chemistry, in and out of the bedroom. We degustated the food and the sex with the characters and had enough time to suffer their separation and enjoy their reconciliation. It was all about their relationship and what made them the men they were when they fist met and how far they grew together. I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series.
What I liked the most: The MCs’ chemistry.
I wanted more of: The next book? About now.
Who should read it: Anyone looking for a great erotic romance.