Rating: 5 stars out of 5
My favorite of the series so far, in this story—which can easily be read as a standalone, by the way—a young male escort and his older client discover much more than a surface attraction when they first down and dirty between the blue silk sheets.
Matt Dorning is twenty-seven and works as a waiter at his parents’ restaurant. He’s also an underwear model and an escort. Does he have to do the escort work? Well, the extra income goes a long way toward his independence in living on his own in New York City, plus he loves sex so it’s win-win in his book. The personable biracial man has plenty of friends, a hot body, and a keen intellect. He’s on track to take over his father’s restaurant business—something he’s looking forward to in the future when his dad is ready to step down. But for now, he’s livin’ life and enjoying every moment, and every repeat client, and every new opportunity.
Lucas Sawyer is forty-six, a highly successful entrepreneur, and unknown to most people, suffers from social anxiety. It’s much easier for him to hire an escort than it would be to cruise a bar for a date, and he always keeps it simple by never hiring his escort for more than one night. No strings. No regrets. His Park Avenue apartment is secure, convenient, and comfortable and the boys he hires seem so to enjoy their time with him between his silk sheets in his oversized king bed. And then he meets Matt and all bets are off. Matt loves his job and he’s not afraid to ask for what he wants and to be a bit bossy in the bedroom—all things that Lucas hasn’t really experienced before. Lucas is usually the dominant in the bedroom, telling the escorts what to do and when to do it, but Matt just goes for what he wants and that includes telling Lucas what to do and when to do it. Matt has heard of Lucas from fellow escorts and knows he’s only going to have one night so he figures why not do what he wants? As it turns out, this approach really piques Lucas’s interest and he thinks of Matt long after he’s gone.
As they see each other again, their dynamic begins to change and they share more than sex. Matt suddenly decides to help Lucas with his anxiety by inviting him to Matt’s brother’s wedding—something Lucas normally wouldn’t enjoy but does—and the bonus is the night they get to spend sleeping together before a nice round of wakeup sex the next day. Over time, both men acknowledge that they aren’t really escort and client any longer, but Matt faces some huge personal challenges, and without any commitment from Lucas, he’s not sure what to do. How will Lucas feel when Matt continues to have sex with his other clients? Is there room for each man in each other’s lives?
This was a terrific story, very different from others I’ve read that featured escorts, and I enjoyed both the writing style and the cast of characters—all well-developed and interesting characters. My favorite was Diane, Lucas’s grandmother. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see that she was not portrayed as a faded lily—a little old lady who was on her last leg. I bowl every week with women in their nineties and I aspire to be like them when I grow up. Diane can go on that list—I loved her!
I also enjoyed the dynamic between Matt and Lucas and the development of each individual character and the couple as a whole. They took their time and it wasn’t all about sex, though I must admit there were some smokin’ hot scenes! Whew! Get the personal fans out for this one.
In all seriousness, however, I must say that I can very easily highly recommend this MM romance to all—and especially to those who enjoy age-gap. Twenty years here with unforgettable characters. Don’t miss out on this one.
The cover by Meredith Russell features two men reclining in a bed covered with dark blue silk sheets. The older man has silver hair and the shoulder tats described in the story and he’s staring at the camera, while the younger man is obviously biracial and sound asleep. It’s hot and delicious and perfect for this story. Very attention-getting!
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 29th 2017 by Island Tales Press (first published September 2017)
SeriesA Material World #3