Lee takes his job as personal assistant very seriously. Of course, he’s also in love with his boss. But Spencer is also his friend, and Lee will do anything Spencer needs. When Spencer gets injured, Lee not only takes him to get medical care, but stays with him and cares for him afterward. It’s then that one moment between them turns to more.
Spencer has long been in love with Lee, though he hasn’t admitted the attraction to himself, let alone shared his true feelings. After he’s hurt, he takes a chance and admits the truth when he senses Lee might feel the same way. For three years, the men have worked together, but all that changes in a blink of an eye.
But while Lee and Spencer are finding their footing together in a relationship, trouble is brewing. Jealousy leads to a threat that tries to tear them apart. Spencer is outed against his will, and forced to show the world he’s bisexual before he’s ready. And as the love between them grows, the threat gets worse. If they aren’t careful, it just might end them altogether.
The premise for this book intrigued me, but I finished it with mixed feelings. On the surface, the story is sweet. Lee and Spencer are both pining for the other, convinced the other man can’t return their feelings. But when they finally admit their attraction, things heat up quickly. Their loves moves swiftly, and since they’ve been building a relationship for years without really admitting it, this makes sense. And as far as that aspect goes, I enjoyed their relationship. These guys fall in love fast and hard, and I’m all for it. I do love a story where the MCs find love and the plot is about their developing relationship.
But I had two major issues with the book that severely brought down my enjoyment. The first is the narrative in general. It’s filled with decidedly purple prose and rather over the top. I spent the majority of the book thinking that people don’t talk like this in everyday life. The plethora of synonyms distracted from the narrative when the more common phrasing would have been much more relatable. It happened even during the sex scenes, of which there are quite a few, and it constantly dragged me out of the story. On top of that, this story is told in alternating first person past tense. This happens to be a favorite of mine, so I didn’t have a problem with that. What I did have a problem with was the tense hopping, and the present tense sneaking in repeatedly. This was jarring, and again, pulled me from the story.
My second issue was with the external conflict, the threat I mentioned above. First and foremost, I found that storyline rather ridiculous. The “bad guy’s” motivation was flimsy at best, but his actions were extreme. It was over the top and violent at times, and it didn’t fit with the vibe of the rest of the story. So for me, it didn’t work at all.
I find myself hard pressed to recommend this story. While at it’s base, the love story between Spencer and Lee was sweet and, at times, moving, the way in which it was told didn’t work for me. The external conflict seemed forced and ridiculous, and didn’t put much pressure on the couple. Overall, unless you’re a huge fan of actor MCs or of this author, I’d say give this one a pass.