Gabbi Reviews: Dragged to the Altar by Clancy Nacht

Title: Viva, Book 2: Dragged to the Altar

Author: Clancy Nacht

Publisher: Loose Id.

Pages: 214

Characters: Hank, Lindsey

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4.5



Hank and Lindsey return in a sequel to No Tea, No Shade. Hank, ex-football player turned drag bar club Viva! owner and bouncer, dreams of a huge, heteronormative white wedding with all the trimmings. His fiancé, drag star Lindsey, aka Miss Anne Thrope, dreams of renovating Viva! with a larger stage. Or, at the very least, not to get sucked into planning an over-budget wedding for his groomzilla.

All plans are dropped when Hank finds out that Lindsey’s dad had an affair with Hank’s mom, which resulted in Hank’s now half-brother Lance. Will sins of the father poison Hank’s future with Lindsey?


It is no secret that I’m a fan of Clancy Nacht’s books. Give me a book written or co-authored by her and I’m a happy reader for hours on end. When I found out that she continued Hank and Lindsey’s story from No Tea, No Shade, I immediately knew I had to read it because I love this couple, and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.

I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book. Lindsey and Hank are up to their usual angst and drama and I adored every minute of it! Lindsey and Hank’s lives aren’t boring *at all* and the secrets and commotion their family causes them is enough to drive a saint to sin. Lindsey and Hank’s parents were definitely naughty in their younger days, and because of it, the two heroes have been put into several unique positions.

Here’s the thing, I realize this story might not be for everyone, but I love the almost soap opera snark and over-the-top situations these two men seem to always find themselves in. And, despite all the odds, Hank and Lindsey love each other and are clearly meant to be together. Do they always do or say the right thing? No. But, it’s because of their fears and flaws that make these two men likable heroes to me. Were there times that I wanted to shake some sense into both of them? Yes. But, they are no different than we are. They make mistakes, and sometimes don’t truly think things out before they act, but I simply adore them. In my opinion, they are two halves of one whole and I adore the banter, humor and true love and devotion they share between them.

Dragged to the Altar is an addictive continuation of Hank and Lindsey’s lives. I enjoyed the many twists and turns this novel has and loved the heated chemistry these two men share between them.

Dragged to the Altar is the second book *and hopefully not the last* in the Viva! series. In my opinion, this book should not be a stand-alone read. To fully understand the dynamics between these two men AND of the secondary characters and their backstory, I highly recommend reading the first book, No Tea, No Shade. I know I fell in love with these two men and have enjoyed the crazy journey of their lives.

Highly Recommended!

The Viva! series in book order are:

No Tea, No Shade

Dragged to the Altar

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

Title: Boyfriend Goals
Author: Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id. LLC
Pages: 178
Characters: Trev, Lee
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5


What happens when a nerd and a jock pretend to be dating for the summer? Social justice whiz Trev needs to convince his parents that his bisexuality isn’t a phase, and swim team star Lee needs somewhere to stay until the new semester starts. Forced together for three months at a Vermont lake house with Trev’s family, the boys influence each other in unexpected ways, and despite their differences, a real bond begins to form. What will it take for a fake odd couple to become a real one?


Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is a well-written, coming of age story that really resonated with me as a reader.

One the of the first things that struck me as I read this story was the intense attraction these two young men feel for one another. I enjoyed the heated chemistry they shared between them and as they got to know one another, I also enjoyed the friendship the heroes formed between them.

There relationship begins on a lie. Trev is determined to make his parents take his sexuality seriously and it’s because of that, he enlists Lee’s help to show them that not only is he gay, he is capable of having a successful relationship, despite his parents misgivings. Though Lee claims he is heterosexual, his flirtatious personality, confuses Trev. Plus, Lee has an easy going personality and his willingness to pretend he is Trev’s boyfriend with ease keeps Trev on his toes throughout the story.

First, I would like to point out that this is not a gay for you story. Both men are coming to terms with their sexual side and they have to face the reality that things are not always what it seems. Though their relationship begins with a lie, the truth of how they feel about one another becomes the heart of the book.

This coming to age story is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I loved how Trev and Lee really work hard at being true to themselves, and I highly enjoyed the way they learn to communicate with each other. The transition from strangers to friends to lovers was a beautiful thing to read and I loved every minute of it.

Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid are one of my favorite writing teams. Each of their stories have strong heroes, interesting story-lines and their stories are always well-written and so addictive to read. Their characters are so easy to fall in love with and I enjoy the hours of escapism these authors stories give me.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Alexis Duran has a new release!




Reporter Ian Evers, obsessed with magical creatures since childhood, never experiences satisfying proof that the magical realm actually exists until he falls into an entrapment spell set by a handsome but dangerous elf.  Barely escaping with his soul intact, Ian is able to undo the hex, but he can’t escape the very real infatuation he’s developed for the fierce, alluring elf.

Ezekiel Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf who serves the Queen of the dark realm. The realm of darkness needs the power of light to survive, and while hunting the last few magical beings on earth, Ezekiel discovers Ian, a light elf who’s unaware of his true nature and ripe for the plucking.  Their brief encounter awakens a great hunger in Ezekiel, and he’s determined to feast on the light elf’s power and body before the queen intervenes and claims Ian for herself.

Ian knows only he can save Ezekiel from the grasp of the dark queen. Driven apart by the ancient imbalance between the dark and light realms, an evil queen starved for power, and their fear of each other, Ian and Ezekiel are relentlessly drawn together even though their union might destroy them both.



The door opened, a gust of wet wind blew in, and time stopped.

The svarta paused in front of the door as it closed behind him. He’d changed his clothes. He wore black jeans and a close-fitting black leather jacket. Unlike the musketeer coat, it showed off his slim waist as well as his broad shoulders. He wore a black silk shirt open at the neck, and though sunglasses hid the magical eyes, it was definitely the evil elf.

He scanned the shop a bit, then walked straight for Ian’s table. He stopped so close the salt air and deep-woods piney scent wafting off his skin brushed aside the roasted-coffee-bean aroma of the café. He smelled like he’d taken a bath in the ocean and toweled off with cedar bark. His hair looked shorter or more styled, with the bangs hitting the high line of his cheekbone, the back brushing the collar of his jacket.

“Good afternoon. Mind if join you?” he asked in a soft, melodious voice.

“Yes, I do. Go away.” Ian looked around. Everyone else was oblivious to the dark elf in their midst. They tapped on phones, stared at computers, rustled papers. Dijeree and the barista laughed. The svarta sat directly across from Ian. He pushed his glasses back into his hair, unveiling the eyes.

“Why do you resist me?” he asked. He grabbed one of Ian’s hands from the table before Ian could snatch it away.

“Because I… You…you want to kill me.”

The elf laughed. It was a warm, friendly sound. His eyes gleamed under the fluorescent lights and shifted colors—blue, gray, silver. He turned Ian’s hand over, smoothed out his clenched fingers, and ran a finger along his palm. His touch seared Ian’s skin.

“I do not want to kill you. I want to take you away from this ordinary, depleted life. I want to make love to you. I want to fuck you until you can’t walk straight.”

“Um.” Ian checked out the cafe again. No one was twitching or peeking from behind books or otherwise acting like they’d heard this. He felt himself melting, going gooey inside.

“None of these humans can help you. I can help you. I can show you the magic you’ve been longing for. I can unlock you. Only I have the key.”

“And who are you exactly? What are you?” Ian tried to pull his hand away. The svarta clamped down harder. Actual physical contact sent shock waves rippling beneath Ian’s skin.

“My name is Ezekiel Stormshadow. I am what you in your human ignorance might call an elf.”


Summer Fling, by MJ Compton is here~

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By MJ Compton

Price: $5.99

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ISBN#:  978-1-62300-915-1

Publisher: Loose Id LLC


Caroline Maplethorpe’s respectable life is threatened when the man who shared her secret past as a plaything to a minor league baseball team reappears with demands she’s not sure she can satisfy.


Caroline Maplethorpe spent a summer as plaything for a minor league baseball team…and oh, how Win Winston played. Seven years later, she’s respectable, and he’s in the big leagues. Now that he’s found her again, he still wants her in a major way. But their second-chance relationship attracts too much publicity, and the third member of their long-ago fling threatens to destroy the respectable life Caroline so carefully reconstructed after that crazy summer.

EXCERPT: Summer Fling by MJ Compton

A lone figure lurched into view, shoulders hunched against the cold. Snow swirled around him. He stood under the streetlight, looking up at me.


Our gazes met. I swallowed hard. Just like that, he knew where I lived, and that was not a good thing. He stared at me for what seemed like forever, then ambled away.

My intercom belched again. I uncurled from my perch and stumbled to the speaker. “Yes?”

“Carrie Thorpe.”

I still heard that voice in my dreams. I was going to have to speak to Win eventually. Might as well get it over with.

I buzzed him in. Then I opened the door and watched him lumber up the dimly lit stairs.

He was larger than life, filling my doorway with his height and bulk, bringing the cold and the scent of winter with him.

I didn’t offer to take his coat. “What do you want?”

His dark eyes glittered in the flickering candlelight. Flakes of snow melted in his black curls. “Carrie Thorpe.”

“There’s no such person,” I said.

“No wonder I couldn’t find you.” His deep voice rumbled through me. “I looked, you know. For years. On every form of social media I heard of. But no Carrie Thorpe ever popped up.”

“She doesn’t exist,” I repeated, not believing him.

“Caroline Maplethorpe slumming it in Cortland.” His tone was bitter.

“Caroline Maplethorpe trying not to trade in on her father’s name,” I retorted, stung by his accusation. The truth was far less dramatic.

Win still had the power to annihilate me, but I’d never let him know how vulnerable he made me. Survival. That was my priority.

“You’ve done well for yourself,” I said. I’d followed his career to the majors, his injury two seasons ago, and the subsequent surgery that led him to a rehab stint in Syracuse.

“If you mean better than Flash, then yeah.”

Flash. Jordan “Flash” Gordon. He’d introduced Win to me, in a manner of speaking.

“I got called up for three games, and you disappeared,” Win said. “I went a little crazy.”

“It was time for me to leave. College was starting. The timing had nothing to do with your getting called up.”

That was the truth. Part of it anyway.

He stared at me. Through me. He’d always been able to peer into the crevices of my soul.

“What do you want?” My voice shook.

The intensity of his gaze never wavered. “I don’t know.”

That was new. Seven years ago, Win Winston had always known what he wanted.

“I thought I wanted you, but now you’re telling me you don’t exist.”

There were many things I could have said. I could have asked if he’d never had a meaningful relationship with another woman, but that would imply he’d found our relationship meaningful. While it was certainly memorable, I doubted it had much meaning for him.

Didn’t he understand the rules? What we’d had that long-ago summer was a fling. He was a young, good-looking, up-and-coming pitcher, and I was a young, out-of-control, self-destructive girl on the run from emotions I couldn’t handle. I would have done anything to be able to feel.

I did everything I could in order to feel something. Anything.

“Why are you here?” I asked.

“I’m pitching for the Saltboilers until I’m ready for the majors again.”

“I meant, why did you follow me out of the restaurant?”

“Why are you surprised I did?” he countered. “Although I guess that should tell me something.”

We stared at each other for several silent moments.

“You sent your boyfriend home,” Win finally said. His voice was husky, and his gaze flicked to my left hand. “A husband wouldn’t have left, so I know you’re not married. You should have known I’d be knocking on your door.”

I struggled for cool. A third party had never stopped him—or me—in the past. “I think you’d better leave.”

Was it the muted light, or did his expression darken? I couldn’t tell.

“I meant what I said to you that summer,” he said.

The problem was that he’d said a lot of things. We both had. I hadn’t meant much of what I’d said, and based on the facts, I’d assumed he hadn’t either. Besides, the spoken words hadn’t defined the rest of my life.

I wasn’t prepared for his hand to hover over my cheek. Heat from his palm drew my face like night-vision goggles to prey. His thumb flicked a strand of hair off my brow. When his lips brushed mine, a shock of familiarity, of yearning, bolted through me.

“You’re right,” he said, his voice a harsh rasp in the quiet of the room. “I’d better leave while I still can.”

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MJ Compton grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which inspired her to create her own fiction.

Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ never lost her dream of writing her own stories.

MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing


Author: MJ Compton

Release Date: May 5, 2015


Available at:  Loose Id

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The New Orleans Hothouse

Danny Rothstein, a handsome young casino owner, leaves Las Vegas for New Orleans. A product of the button-down fifties, Danny thinks he knows everything about women. His life falls apart when he meets Yvette Delacroix, a cigarette girl who has sampled life on the wild side.

After meeting in a nightclub, and a lurid encounter in the back rooms of a French Quarter bar, the two embark on a torrid romance that challenges everything Danny believes about love. At the end of Danny’s passionate journey, he learns bad girls can be very good indeed.

The New Orleans Hothouse proves nice Jewish boys can be quite naughty

The button-down world of Mad Men meets the decadence of the French Quarter

Bad girls can be very good indeed!

Danny Rothstein thought he had women all figured out until he left 1950s Las Vegas and landed

in New Orleans. He met lovely Yvette and discovered he knew nothing at all.

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Lee Rene is the nom de plume of a Los Angeles based writer who worked for years as an entertainment journalist and movie reviewer in print, on-line and radio. She is a student of American history and cinema with an interest in silent movies, Pre-Code Hollywood, and classic films.  She co-authored a biography of Sarah Bernhardt, The Diva and Doctor God, and also co-wrote two articles published by The Lancet and a well-received article for the prestigious British publication, History Today. In addition to erotic romance, Lee writes Young Adult thrillers under a different name. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI) and the International Press Academy.

Lee’s interest in Pre-code Hollywood and the contributions of Jews to American culture propelled her to write her erotic romance, The New Orleans Hothouse, published by Loose Id. The New Orleans Hothouse details the erotic adventures of its protagonist, Danny Rothstein, and a beauty he meets in New Orleans in the button-down 1950s. Lee creates Jewish protagonists and anti-heroes who defy the usual neurotic nebbish stereotypes. She is also one of the contributors to the erotic anthology, Just Desserts, which will be available from Secret Hunger Publishing on June 22nd from Amazon.

You can find out more about this very talented author at the following links.

Dawn Flemington has a New Release!



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Love: Universal

Dawn Flemington

M/M sci-fi romance

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John Russell, a UFOlogist, comes home for a much needed break, only to find his ex-lover Adien Kaper has moved in next door. They made a perfect couple except one thing: Adien doesn’t believe in UFOs or extraterrestrials.

After spotting a meteor shower, John goes to investigate, only to find a dark crystal. Later, that same crystal produces an alien who is looking for Adien. It seems Adien is needed back home on Xulpath as soon as possible.

But Adien doesn’t believe he’s an alien and he doesn’t want to go.

After Adien’s memory block wears off and he accepts who he is, trouble starts brewing. The government gets wind that there are aliens around and they want the aliens. John, with the help of his grandmother and Dr. Kolbi, try to help the aliens get back home.

The thing is, John really doesn’t want Adien to leave without him.


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McKayla believes she has the best of both worlds. A steady job which allows her to focus on what she does the best at a marketing firm located in downtown Denver. She has had a steady relationship with Kurt, the man of her dreams. Together they explore role playing and that can lead them into areas which allows her to hide behind who she is at the moment.

When she plays someone else, she doesn’t have to focus on her feelings or give them thought, which is fine by her. She witnessed her own parent’s marriage and how badly it fell apart. She would watch her father when he didn’t think she was looking,she saw the misery in his eyes, along with the unshed tears. McKayla swore she’d never allow a partner to do that to her.

McKayla’s world is perfect. Never mind the fact that each time Kurt comes home for the weekend to spend time with her, to have someone to touch, kiss, and have sex with, along with the role-playing, she’s seeing love around her everywhere. And now, she’ss tarts to see a change in her boyfriend that she can’t and won’t face. If she does, she’s sure she’ll lose him.


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Roleplaying keeps McKayla safe, keeps her feelings and her emotions in check. All she can think of is the next scene and feeling the man of her dreams giving her the pleasure she craves. She knows, as he does that no matter who holds the crop, no matter who is tied up, no matter what role they are playing, Kurt is the true Alpha, the true Dom to her submissive side. She knows one word from him, her mind instantly melts and awaits his direction.

But she fears her relationship with Kurt is slipping away, because she can’t give him what he really wants. And his long absences for work give her too much time between scenes to fixate on what that is: love. For her to say it. She shows it; she’s damn good at showing it whenever they spend time together. Still, if she says it, everything between them will change forever. If she doesn’t, soon, she may just lose him.

A Change of Tune by JM Cartwright published by Loose Id

jmc_a_change_of_tuneTitle: Change of Tune

Author: JM Cartwright

Publisher: Loose ID

Pages: 280

Characters: Johnny Rayne and Virgil Grissom

Sub-Genre: gay romance

Kisses: 5






Johnny Rayne has had enough–enough of being at the top of the rock music industry for the last decade, enough of constant touring and recording. He wants something more–something very different. Moving to a farm in West Virginia, Johnny runs smack into Sheriff Virgil Grissom his first morning in the mountains.

The sheriff challenges Johnny in a multitude of ways–with overt machismo, disdain for Johnny’s musician past, and all-around know-it-all-ness. The two men clash continually, and Johnny resists succumbing to the sheriff’s brash charm until Grissom forces him to admit some very basic truths.


One: Johnny’s definitely attracted to men. Two: Johnny’s definitely attracted to Grissom. And three: Johnny’s definitely going to enjoy every moment of it.



Johnny Rayne has been at the top of his game for quite a while. Hit recored oafter hit record. Constantly touring and recording he has no time to make a family, or a real life for that matter. So he makes his mind up and moves to the country. The band isn’t happy and his manager thinks he is crazy but he has to live his life for him for a change. The last thing he expects though is Sherriff Virgil Grissom. Johnny knows he likes men but he has never admitted it. Virgil makes him not only realize it, but realize that maybe he can have it all. Not going to be easy, but he is starting to believe. The only question is will the two men kill each other or love each other. Or both

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Reviewed By: Jerry

Prince Charming Wears Garters by Clancy Nacht

Title: Prince Charming Wears Garters
Author: Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 172
Characters: Sara, Chuck
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Fetish, Contemporary, M/F romance
Kisses: 5


Sara feels like her life is on track. She has the career of her dreams as a senior art director at one of the hot ad agencies in town. Her only real annoyance is the womanizing account executive in the office next door, Chuck.

When Chuck lands a new account, he sets his sights on Sara to work with him, but she gets the feeling he’s looking for more. Working late one night she discovers Chuck’s secret: he loves wearing ladies lingerie. Surprising to her, she can’t resist his long legs in silky stockings and her lust drives her to begin an ill-advised affair.

As a career-oriented woman, she’s not sure if she’s ready to balance her steamy encounters with work life, and she’s positive that trying to date Chuck would be a disaster. Yet, each time they get together she can’t help but speculate on what Prince Charming’s wearing under his well-tailored trousers.


Yes, your eyes didn’t deceive you, Prince Charming Wears Garters by Clancy Nacht is a M/F romance. Some of you are probably wondering why a review site who proudly reviews gay, lesbian and transgender romances would cross over and read and review a heterosexual romance. Have we lost our mind? Was this some kind of mistake? Will we be reviewing more M/F romances?

The answer is no, no and no.

When the review coordinator asked me if we would consider reading and reviewing this book, I was both wary and intrigued. I admit, it’s been YEARS since I’ve read a M/F romance. We all know I how much I love reading about my men and their journey to find their HEA, BUT because this is a publisher I trust AND because Ms. Nacht is one of my favorite authors, it seemed like a no brainer to give it a shot. Why? Because even though the story is about a heterosexual couple, there is something unique and sexy about the hero, Chuck, that I couldn’t resist, and I thought our readers might like to check out once they knew about it.

By the blurb, it’s no secret that Chuck likes to wear lingerie. Now, I personally think this is very sexy, and I’ve read a couple of M/M books where one (check out Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid) of the heroes likes to wear silky, feminine things under their ordinary clothes. I liked that this hero has a fetish that isn’t written about very often, and although he’s not gay, I thought he was one of those wonderful out of the box characters that our readers just might enjoy reading about.

I loved the characters in this book. Sara is an intelligent, career minded, funny and interesting character. She’s not your typical cookie-cutter heroine. Although she knows she’s amazing at her job, she still has self-doubts about herself and often is her own worst critic, but what I liked about her was how attracted and supportive she was of Chuck’s fetish. Once she realized there was more to him than meets the eye, she is willing to tentatively give him a chance. She has a good heart, a wonderful best friend (who everyone will adore) and it was easy to root for her and Chuck to find their happy ending.

Although I really liked Sara, I LOVED Chuck. At first, he seems to be somewhat of a womanizer, but we soon find out that there is much more to Chuck than meets the eye. He’s smart and sexy and I could so easily imagine him looking sexy in those garters he loves to wear. He’s not your typical Alpha-heterosexual hero…he’s really so much more, and quite frankly, I think I might have fallen for him a little bit myself.

Sara also has an amazing best friend, Dane. He is Sara’s protector and brother she never had. He is always willing to lend a supportive ear for her. He and his husband, Trey, are a staple in Sara’s life, and I loved how even though they might not be blood related, they are definitely a family.

The story itself is fast-paced and I ended up reading it from start to finish without being able to put it down. I enjoyed the journey these characters when through and in all honesty, hated to see it come to an end.

Prince Charming Wears Garters is a sexy, intriguing and well written story that I know I will enjoy rereading time and time again. Between the likeable and well-written characters, to the fast-paced plot, it left this reader a big satisfying smile at the end. I loved it and I easily recommend it to those who are looking for unique and sexy hero…plus the heroine was pretty great too.

Sometimes it’s good to read outside the box.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi


Nice Tie by Jules Jones

Title: Nice Tie
Author: Jules Jones
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 135
Characters: Alex Hall, Robin Wood
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.25


Alex Hall likes watching good-looking men doing up good-looking ties, a kink he can safely indulge on his morning commute as long as he’s discreet. At least until the day he meets new client Robin Wood, whose face seems oddly familiar. Embarrassingly familiar, when Robin recognizes him as “that guy on the bus.”

Lusting after the client and his tie is a really bad idea. Acting on it would be even worse. Which doesn’t stop Alex’s impulsive suggestion when he realizes that Robin’s as intrigued as he is awkward. They’re both grown-ups, they can handle the conflict of interest, and if nothing else it will get the awkwardness out of the way. And there’s a cheap hotel at the end of their bus route.

Just one date. One night for Alex to enjoy watching beautiful hands managing a tie with style. One night for Robin with a man who can understand his own grooming kink, even if it’s not quite the same as Alex’s. One night, and then just good friends, while they’re working together. Nobody else’s business.

But Robin has entirely too much experience with romance at work, and the past isn’t staying past.


Admiring a stranger fixing his tie on the bus. Then finding out that stranger is a new colleague at work. Then having a one-night stand to get rid of the attraction—that refuses to vanish over night. And then learning old boyfriends with high-up connections hold grudges. Turmoil ahead.

Alex and Robin have their own individual kinks. These two men match. But their jobs don’t allow for workplace romances, and one of them has emotional baggage. Nonetheless, they try to resolve a sexual chemistry with a quick one-night affair. Unfortunately, a friendship of like minds ensues, and the attraction never really goes anywhere. But neither does their work relationships, plus a dickhead of a boyfriend who is stalking and won’t give up.

This reads realistic, the dialogue and the getting-to-know-each-other. We get the story from Alex’s point of view, and he is rather cavalier about giving his heart to Robin, with sad consequences. We get to know him, his loneliness and need for companionship, which is easily relatable. Robin is a bit harder to get a handle on, but still comes off as a sympathetic nice guy caught in a bad situation.

The stalker thing. That’s a commonly used trope in romance stories. Michael is related to a company exec, so complications lay ahead. I liked the relatively understated manner with which the problem was handled. A fist-fight would not have fit the mood of this sweet romance. So, though the so-called curve ball is easy enough to predict, with no surprises, it was done in a sophisticated manner. A nice touch, I thought.

Swift pace, likeable characters, nice friendly romance, and a couple of hot and heavy moments. A rather good story.

Reviewed By: Susan