Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of twenty years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson—especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.
Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.
Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.
This story from Andrew Grey was outstanding, IMHO, and not just because I found Malcolm to be kind-hearted, yet sharp-witted, and dedicated to both his profession and the memory of his lost love. I felt a warm empathy for his character right from the beginning. Andrew Grey created a sweetheart wrapped in a smart lawyer’s skin, a man who loved deeply and grieves just as much. I also loved the fact that he’s in his fifties, and he’s still a healthy adult male with a good libido!
Hans is also a very engaging character. Smart and adventurous, he falls head-over-heels for Malcolm and persistently works to chip away at the wall Malcolm has erected around himself—one block at a time. As a supporting character, Malcolm’s brother was well-fleshed out. He’s the one who gets Malcolm to make the call to Hans after they meet while out to dinner, and he’s supportive and positive toward them throughout the book.
Malcolm and Paul have both romantic and adventurous dates, and they have very scary experiences—both separately and together—which add excitement and intrigue to the story. I think even the sex scenes are more hot? Descriptive? Evocative? Not sure which word best describes them but they were certainly present and certainly not just a quick kiss in the dark. Another cheer for Mr. Grey for showing that men over age forty have sex—and enjoy it!
So, I definitely recommend this one to all lovers of MM romance, especially those who love a hurt-comfort story, men over forty, or healing from grief. This one has it all, and it’s very well done.
Cover art by L.C. Chase is beautiful and perfect for the story.
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: August 19th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press