Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Another cute little installment in the London Lads series! I can imagine the author coming up with the premise for this one, perhaps walking by a CCTV monitor and catching a glimpse of a cute man, and spinning off into a fantasy about that cute man…..
Ken is a film student who has taken a temporary night job monitoring the security cameras in an upscale shopping center. It’s perfect, right? Not much to do, plenty of time to study, easy money. But the reality is that it is mind-numbingly boring, and he dreads walking in every day. For entertainment, he started imagining stories and conversations for the people he saw on the screens, and the monitor of the yard behind the bistro became his favorite – waiters taking breaks, smoking, laughing, grousing, and rushing back into the restaurant. He quickly identifies one waiter in particular he likes to watch, because he’s sexy and fit, but when the waiter looks right into the camera and winks, Ken becomes obsessed.
Ken has a close group of friends, but he’s the shy one of the bunch, and this night job gives him a good excuse to avoid being set up with blind dates. Besides, after that wink, Waiter is now teasing, showing off, as if he knows someone is watching him. Ken can’t help but be turned on, and continues to watch for Waiter avidly, though he is starting to feel a bit like a perverted voyeur.
And then, he meets Waiter in real life. And Waiter knows that Ken’s been watching….
OK, for me, the book really should have ended right about there. I was enjoying the tease and the mystery, and felt the reveal was too soon, too convenient, and really pretty anti-climactic. And instead of just moving ahead with a date, there was all this unnecessary angst about how the teasing, and the voyeurism, would prevent them from trusting each other, blah, blah, blah. I was thinking, hey, this is a short novella, there is no time for this kind of BS, just admit what you did, and that you enjoyed it! Own it! OK that was a bit of a spoiler, and I usually try to leave those out of my reviews, but I didn’t like this book as much as I have the others in the series. It was enjoyable, until it wasn’t. I thought about taking off a star, but since it truly was a 3 star read right up until that moment, I thought I’d let it stand. I’ll still finish reading the series, but I am hoping that this was the low point, and the next one will be more fun.
I wasn’t as impressed with the cover art by Valerie Tibbs for this one. The models seemed a bit older than I imagined Ken and Waiter, and there is nothing else to connect the art to the story.