Author: Cat Grant
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Characters: Steve Campbell, Gil Alvarez
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Transgender
Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing.
Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple-red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible.
One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.
I’ve read several books by Ms. Grant and I’ve enjoyed them all. She has a way of really getting to the heart and soul of her characters and she always writes an interesting, compelling story. The blurb does an excellent job at describing what the book is about, so I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d write about why I liked this book and why I recommend it.
Since the blurb hints at what’s going on with Gil, I don’t think I’m spoiling it by confirming he is a female to male transsexual. Unfortunately, there are not enough books written about transgendered heroes and I admit I couldn’t wait to read this one! I’m very glad I did! Ms. Grant does an excellent job at portraying Gil’s fear of rejection because he is a transman. Even though Gil is afraid of being hurt, I quickly found myself admiring his strength to live the life he’s meant to live, as well as, his willingness to give Steve a chance to win his heart. Gil is definitely a memorable, honorable hero and I truly loved him.
Like Gil, Steve is another likeable, interesting character. I thought his patience and determination to be with Gil was an honorable one and I loved the way he cared for Gil. It was so easy to fall under the spell of these two men and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading about them. My only gripe about the book is that I wished it had been longer. I do hope Ms. Grant will one day revisit these characters and allow us to watch these two men really achieve the happily ever after that they truly deserve.
Flawless is a beautifully told story that lived in my heart and mind long after I finished reading the story. If you are looking for a well-told romance between two very special men, this is definitely the book for you! Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi