Story Rating: 2.75 stars
Audio Rating: 4 stars

Narrator: Joel Leslie
Length: 6 hours, 15 minutes

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Raine is looking for a new start in life. Not just a new start, a re-start. A new job in a new city in an entirely new country, even. With the help of a friend, Raine zhuzhes up his resume and gets hired as an assistant by The Horsham Group, an acquisition firm in London. On the eve of his departure, Raine sidles into an unassuming bar and into the arms a tall drink of water. An English one at that!

Graham and Raine spend time talking about England before they return to Graham’s hotel for a splendid, wonderful night. But that’s all it was supposed to be, one night, one good memory. Instead, Raine’s now working for Graham in a job he is in no way qualified for … a fact he blurted out to a stranger in the bar, and which is now coming back to bite him in the ass.

For Graham, meeting Raine was like a miracle. He hasn’t stopped thinking about the younger man and how he looked, how much Graham wanted to keep holding him and kissing him … and now he’s here, standing in front of Graham, looking oh so fuckable. But he shouldn’t. He really shouldn’t … But when has Graham ever done what he should?

Raine feels like a chipmunk on a sugar rush. He’s cheerful, friendly, and, within seconds, can make friends of anyone and everyone. He’s supremely unqualified for his job, but the woman he’s supposed to be replacing doesn’t mind. She likes him, so she’ll train him as best she can without telling anyone else. That’s not to say everything has been sunshine and roses in his life; Raine has a dark secret in his past — well, not his secret. Someone else’s. Raine was the other man in a relationship, but he didn’t know, and when he did he ended things.

It’s hard for me to get a handle on Graham, because he spends so much of the book looking at Raine and thinking about all the ways Raine makes him feel things he shouldn’t, think things he shouldn’t, and do things he shouldn’t. And then Graham does them anyway, changing his personality to suit Raine so that the two of them can keep on with the relationship they could have had if Raine hasn’t lied his way into Graham’s work. For me, all the protesting just makes it seem like Graham is here against his character, but doing what he’s told in order to advance the plot.

Raine is perfect. Nothing is his fault, everything he does it amazing and wonderful and … it’s a character trope that, for me, is either hit or miss. And this was a miss. I didn’t feel as though there was enough to Raine as a person; no flaws, just quirks, and Graham is just rich and so madly in love with Raine, seemingly because Raine is pretty and good in bed. This book required such a suspension of disbelief from me, that a billion dollar company — in the middle of a high pressure, high stakes acquisition with a hostile company — would just shrug and say sure about someone who lied their way into a job.

I listened to the audio version of this book with Joel Leslie as the narrator, and it’s a book that really highlights the narrator’s ability with accents. Graham’s voice and hints of personality felt as though they were entirely due to the narrator; Raine’s voice was sassy, with much of his snarky banter given a warmer, gentler sense of humor in the audiobook.

As you can see, this book isn’t a hit for me. And, that’s fine. Not every book will be for every person; if you love characters like Raine — sunshine, lollipops, and glitter — you might have fun with this book. In which case, I do suggest the audio version.