Author: P.A. Friday
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Grant McDowell, Tristan Wetherby-Hyde
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
It’s hate at first sight when Grant McDowell meets coworker Tristan Wetherby-Hyde. Working-class Grant fought his way up in the world and into a position at Spirit Advertising, and he can’t help but think that Tristan, son of the agency’s homophobic CEO, had everything handed to him on a silver platter.
But their differences aren’t enough to keep their mutual lust in check, despite Tristan’s fear of exposure and his father’s reaction. Both Grant and Tristan know exactly what they have to lose—what they don’t know is that their hearts are also at stake.
I think the blurb does an excellent job at describing the book. Grant McDowell is an up and coming advertising agent, whose creative ideas aren’t always appreciated by the CEO of the company. When Grant suggests doing an ad with openly gay characters, the homophobic CEO of the company immediately shoots his ideas down. Even when, Tristan, the CEO’s son tries to tell Grant he thought his idea had merit, Grant immediately feels nothing but hate for Tristan and refuses to see anything positive about him.
It takes quite a while for the two characters to warm up to each other. Grant likes to have sex (sometimes very rough sex) with Tristan, but that’s about all he likes about him. In my opinion, they never really connected on an emotional level very much and when I finished the book, I didn’t have the impression either character really cared for each other at all. There are so much conflict and misunderstandings between the two men that I never believed they really ever got over the past hurts and truly had a chance to find happiness together.
I wish this book had been longer. It definitely has an interesting premise to it, but I thought the storyline was a little rushed causing one of the reasons why I never quite believed the characters really liked each other. They spend so much time having sex and so little time talking and connecting emotionally with one another. I did think both characters were interesting in the own right, and there were times I did find the book enjoyable. This is the first book I’ve read by PA Friday and it certainly won’t be my last. I did like the easy style of writing this author had and I’m definitely interested in trying the author’s books again in the future.
Reviewed By: Gabbi