Danny’s social life consists of fantasizing about the handsome campus police officer who patrols his building late at night and hanging out with his best friend Meg, whose grandfather stepped in to teach them Tai Chi Chuan when they were growing up. As Danny leaves work late one night, he is mugged by a knife wielding man. When the police officer starts pursuing the man, Danny stops the cop, telling him that the man needed money for food.
David hasn’t been in a relationship since his last lover died three years ago. Yet, there is something about Danny, and David is shocked at the compassion Danny feels for the mugger who could have killed him. Determined to see Danny home, David offers him comfort.
As the two begin to fall in love, David’s past resurfaces. Will Danny and David be able to weather the storm or will the past be too difficult to overcome?
This was a sweet story with an interracial relationship. Danny is Asian-American and grew up in a traditional Asian-American household. Though he’s known he was gay since he was a teenager, he’s never acted on those urges because he’s never come out to his parents. Instead, he sits in his office fantasizing about the hot campus police officer who checks on him every night.
David is a white Irish American police officer who hasn’t had a relationship since his lover died three years ago. Harboring guilt that he wasn’t able to protect his lover, he is determined to protect Danny from his mugger, except Danny won’t let him. While David isn’t exactly happy that Danny stood up for the mugger, he respects Danny’s compassion for others.
For two characters that had difficulty speaking to one another outside the exchanges of pleasantries, the attack on Danny was the jump-drive they needed to get this relationship on the fast track. When David offers Danny “comfort” after his attack, the two quickly move from acquaintances to lovers to partners. With that said, I will admit that the sex scenes between these two were quite intimate, except when I was rolling my eyes at the words Danny uses to address his genitals.
As their relationship heats up, Danny must face his parents with his new lover. This forces David to take a hard look at himself and whether he is worthy of Danny’s love, especially since he hasn’t faced his own past. As David confronts his past, Danny is determined to stand by his side whether David likes it or not.
I especially loved that the start of each chapter began with a quote from Lao Tzu. While not a fan of philosophy, I did like how these quotes set the mood for the chapter and Danny’s state of mind.
Which brings me to my complaints about this book. Danny is the epitome of every Asian-American racial stereotype there is. He’s soft spoken. He has a petite, small build. He’s a computer nerd. He practices Tai Chi. He follows Chinese philosophy. He’s determined not to disappoint his parents so he stays deeply in the closet. While the author makes it work in this story by focusing on Danny’s inner strength and compassion, I would have liked for Danny to defy the stereotype.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet and sexy read!