Rating: 3.25 stars
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Manny Garcia is beyond excited to begin working for Loredo Construction. After obtaining his construction management degree, Manny was honored to be offered a position with one of the top construction firms. And it doesn’t hurt that the company’s owner, Walter Loredo, is so handsome it hurts to look at him. Manny has always been attracted to older, more experienced men, and Walter definitely meets that criteria.
But two things stand in Manny’s way. First, Walter is his boss. And second, the older man is going through a divorce, so it’s obvious that Walter is straight. But regardless of the reason, Manny can’t help his attraction to the older man. What confuses Manny most are the subtle innuendos and the barely, maybe-there-maybe-not flirting that he catches from Walter.
After weeks of working in close contact with Walter, Manny finds that his attraction to Walter has not lessened at all. In fact, the more he gets to know Walter, the more he can’t stop thinking about him. So much so that it’s affecting his personal life. He finds himself unable to have sex without thinking about his boss.
Then one day everything changes when Manny is leaving the office late one night and Walter runs into him, literally. The resulting kiss is only the spark that lights the fire between Manny and Walter. But Walter is going through a divorce with a woman whose father is financing Walter’s current project. Add that to both men work in the macho world of construction, and Manny and Walter are forced to keep their relationship on the down low. When rumors become too much, and hasty business decisions and discovery of their relationship threatens to damage Walter’s business, Manny is forced to evaluate what is truly important to him and hopefully prove to Walter that their relationship can work despite the many obstacles in their path.
This book is much different from the other books I’ve read by Neil Plakcy. It’s not bad. It’s just not what I expected. It’s a sweet love story of two men with the odds stacked against them, who believe in their love, and who come out on the other side. It’s not perfect, but it is good.
Manny and Walter are sweet, but I didn’t feel a great connection to them. I didn’t find myself cheering for them like I normally would, even when a great conflict tested their relationship. I like them okay, but I didn’t love them. And I liked Manny, but, geez, the guy only thinks about sex. Well, at least ninety-five percent of the time he thinks about sex. Every time Walter walks into a room, every time he thinks about Walter he gets hard. I mean I get that he’s intensely attracted to Walter and in m/m romance we are definitely going to have instant erections due to attraction, we even enjoy it. But in this case, it’s overkill. I mean, it’s every single time.
The story is good, but more tell and less show. I would have liked more of a balance. I liked the setup of this story. A younger man attracted to his older, deep-in-the-closet boss and the struggles they face as a couple. The lead up to the relationship took a while to get to and was frustrating and mildly boring as a reader, because it seemed to take forever. Once Walter and Manny actually get together, the story picks up and is easier to read, but the beginning is rather slow.
I am not head over heels for this book, but I don’t regret reading it. It’s a sweet story with good characters and a decent plot. It’s not what I expected, as I am a fan of Plakcy’s mysteries. Like I said, it’s not perfect, but I still liked it. If you are a fan of older/younger relationships or of stories of relationships that beat the odds, and happy endings, this book is definitely for you.