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Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding.  But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.

That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.

Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?

Book 1 of the #gaymers series

Pages or Words: 64,000 words

 Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

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Chapter One

 

Noah knew the dog was trouble as soon as he and Ulysses entered the campground’s off-leash dog area. The little guy—some sort of Chihuahua/mini-pin mix in a yellow-and-green checked coat—stood in the center of the scrubby grass, barking his fool head off. The only human in the dog area sat at the picnic table on the far side, completely absorbed in his shiny phone, oblivious to his dog strutting around like all eight pounds of him would be enough to keep potential threats out.

Ulysses gave Noah a look, like “you really expect me to ignore that?” Noah tightened his hold on the tennis ball chucker. Ulysses never did well competing with smaller dogs for his toys. He unclipped Ulysses with a stern look.

“Be good.”

Still yapping, the little dog rushed over to inspect his new enemy. Predictably, Ulysses wandered away to do his business. He was too old for these sorts of games.

Noah gave a halfhearted wave in the direction of the owner, but the guy didn’t look up from his phone. The young guy was a typical hipster tourist—thick tortoise-framed glasses, artfully messed-up dark hair, with a thick purple streak, falling over his forehead. Slim build, but his wide shoulders stretched his too-thin jacket, making the shiny fabric ripple with his motions. He wasn’t any more prepared for November in Utah than his designer dog. Still, he was a cute guy, if one was the type to notice things like that, which Noah was not.

Noah looked away, studying the sheer cliffs that surrounded the Capitol Reef National Park. Didn’t matter how much time he spent in Southern Utah, he never got tired of the view. Phone guy was missing the light shifting into one of those perfect late fall sunsets that made the early dusk worth the loss of daylight. Pink streaks mingled with gray sky to cast a rosy glow over the scrubby grass and low fence of the dog area.

Rowwwr. Ulysses flopped at Noah’s feet, a deep beseeching whine rattling out of his barrel chest. He was eighty pounds of unhappy. He’d waited patiently all afternoon while Noah worked, and now he was missing out on his ball time thanks to the teacup gatekeeper.

“Okay, but play nice.” Noah threw the ball hard with the chucker toy, going for enough distance to outstrip the tiny dog’s ability to keep up with Ulysses. Not surprisingly, the little guy was tenacious, cutting off Ulysses’s path to the ball. Ulysses gave a warning woof, and Noah broke into a run, heading after the dogs.

“Down,” he called out. Ulysses wouldn’t attack the smaller dog, but he wasn’t above a major tantrum. And despite the smaller dog acting as instigator, people would see the huge black dog and toss out the “aggressor” label. Noah preferred to exercise him late in the day—Ulysses simply didn’t enjoy playing with other dogs, and Noah wasn’t one to force his dog into uncomfortable situations.

The little dog stood over the ball, yapping up a storm while Ulysses barked and growled, ignoring Noah’s command to sit.

Finally, the owner hefted himself off the picnic bench.

“Pixel, baby, what are you doing?” the owner called in a melodic voice that didn’t inspire Noah’s confidence in the man’s ability to control his dog. “Did the big doggie scare you?”

Hah. Typical. Noah snorted. “Can you grab the ball?” He didn’t trust those little dog breeds—too quick to snap. He’d nearly been bitten trying to retrieve a ball more than once.

“Oh sure.” The guy reached under Pixel—typical cutesy name for an annoying dog—and delicately plucked the ball free, but instead of handing it to Noah, he gave it a toss, sending both dogs running.

Oh great. Noah let out a slow breath, little puffs of vapor in the crisp evening air that did nothing to defuse his tension.

“It’ll be okay.” The way-too-handsy guy patted the sleeve of Noah’s parka. “They just need to work it out. Pixel loves to play.”

Noah took a step to the side. Who did that? Touched complete strangers? But the guy kept up his friendly grin, not unlike his dog, who kept gamely chasing Ulysses. Ulysses won the race to the ball this time and hightailed it back to Noah. Not releasing his prize, he whined softly.

“Hey, boy. You got a toy?” The guy knelt to dog level and extended a hand, but instead of sniffing, Ulysses shook his head.

“Sorry. He’s not much on new people.” Neither am I. Noah’s voice sounded rough to his own ears—too many days with only Ulysses to talk to.

“It’s okay.” The guy straightened, then extended a hand to Noah. “I’m Adrian Gottlieb. You been at Capitol Reef long?”

“Couple of weeks.” He returned Adrian’s handshake, hating it when a little buzz shot up his arm. Unlike his own gloved hand, Adrian’s hand was bare, a hint of a tattoo playing peekaboo with his cuff, his grip strong and firm. And Noah had absolutely no business noticing anything more than the guy’s relentless friendliness.

Adrian smiled expectantly as he released Noah’s hand.

“Oh, I’m Noah. And that’s Ulysses,” he added, because dog people always wanted to know all about the dog. No doubt the guy was bursting to tell Pixel’s life story.

“Add-dreeee-an,” a heavily accented voice called from the gate. A beefy guy close to Noah’s age leaned on the fence, bald head gleaming in the setting sun. “I’m lonely. When are you coming back?”

“Coming,” Adrian shouted, then gave Noah a shrug with a “what can you do?” expression on his face. He grabbed Pixel and jogged across the field.

Noah nodded like he knew anything about handling demanding friends. Adrian greeted the mammoth dude with a quick peck. Okay then. Not a friend. He should have guessed, but he was a bit slow about relationship stuff. The country was changing, even way out here, but no one would dare try even that much PDA in his tiny West Texas college town. His stomach gave a weird flip—not quite discomfort, but something else he refused to name. Time to return his attention to Ulysses. He hurled the tennis ball as hard as he could.

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 Meet the author:

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

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Blurb

Book 1 of the #gaymers series

Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.

That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.

Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?

Review

Noah is a professor at a Christian University. He’s in totally denial of his sexuality and has never had sex with anyone. Nothing. Not even a kiss.

Adrian is a very flamboyant and out and proud game designer. He gets left in Utah by his online boyfriend on their way to Denver for Thanksgiving. Noah is kind enough to rescue him and drive him to his family.

While on the road they find that they have way more in common than they thought.

**

This was a very sweet and sometimes HOT OFY/first time romance. Noah fights Adrian at first, but really, who can resist one’s soul mate for long?

Adrian – luckily- has a pretty solid head on his shoulders and doesn’t give up easily.

There was a bit of waffling here and there, but most of this was simply two guys working through the beginnings of a relationship and one guy finally admitting that being gay isn’t wrong.

The Epilogue (often my favorite part of any story) was amazing!

I enjoyed it and think fans of OFY/first time romances will too!

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Promise (Coda Book 3.5) by Marie Sexton

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From the author’s website: A tiny little short I wrote about Matt and Jared. This takes place a few months after the end of A to Z, at about the same time as The Letter Z.

Review

This is a super sweet and OH, SO satisfying little story that will absolutely make you very happy for Jared and Matt.

5 of 5 stars

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Scrudge & Barley, Inc. by John Inman

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A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions! Poor Mr. Dickens must be twirling in his grave.

When E.B. Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all-around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can’t imagine how his life could sink any lower. But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse! Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug! What’s next?

What’s next is a good deal of soul-searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure.

And love too, believe it or not. Love that had been simmering all along at the heart of Scrudge’s miserable existence, although he was too selfish to see it—until a trio of holiday beasties pointed his sorry ass in the right direction.

Review

Ok – so you all know the classic Dicken’s story with the ghosts from Christmas past and we all know who Scrooge is – right? Well, this is a modern, gay version. It follows the original story very closely with a slight twist in that Marley/Barley and Scrooge/Scrudge were lovers and now Scrudge has a new lover Willie.

The ghosts from Christmas past, present and future are hysterical! A lesbian, a leather daddy and a drag queen. John Inman uses more stilted “old timey” language mixed in with these more modern images to create this lovely mix of old story re-booted.

Willie is my favorite character. He’s a cute little twink with dimples who somehow sees the good in Scrudge – it was so great when he finally got what he wanted most in life!

So… if you’ve got a hankering for some Christmas cheer in the form of a tale re-visited and you want to laugh a lot and maybe cry a little – give this one a try!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Sinnerman (Warders Book 4) by Mary Calmes

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As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.
Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover-he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.

 

Review

Jackson is a warder whose hearth has fallen for someone else. He’s heartbroken and acting like he doesn’t care if he lives or dies.

Raphael is the Kyrie we met earlier who drank from Mal but who only has eyes for Jackson.

Though it takes a lot of “teaching”, Raphael shows Jackson he has something to live for – including love.

**

The love between Jackson and Raphael is tough to watch at first. Jackson’s heart is broken and he’s so sad. Rafe doesn’t seem like he’s good for Jackson at all, and it feels hard to root for him.

I loved how the story finally comes around to show us the real path. It was a very cleaver writing and it went over well.

This was a great addition to the series and I recommend it with 4 of 5 stars!

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The Letter Z (Coda Book #3) by Marie Sexton

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Sequel to A to Z
Spin-off of Promises

Zach and Angelo have settled into their new lives in Coda, Colorado, finding their place in the community with the help of their good friends Matt and Jared. Zach and Angelo are also working out the particulars of their relationship, but when they make a decision Jared disagrees with, Angelo finds himself at odds with his partner’s best friend. And his best friend’s partner.

When the four decide on a quick trip to Vegas, Angelo thinks he and Jared may be back on the right track. But a chance encounter with Zach’s ex-boyfriend will make Angelo question everything about himself and his relationship with Zach. Matt and Jared have always been there when Zach and Angelo needed help. But when it comes to sorting out their relationship, their friends may do more harm than good.

Review

(This is the third book in the series and it definitely needs to be read in order.)

Matt and Jared invite Zach and Angelo to go with them to Las Vegas for a weekend. There is a bit of tension between Jared and Angelo as Jared can’t understand how Angelo could have “cheated” on Zach with Cole. Zach has no such worries and Matt knows enough to let things lie. But… Angelo’s enthusiasm for exploring Vegas soon has them all mostly comfortable with one another again and having fun, until…

Zach’s ex, Jonathan, runs into the group unexpectedly and joins them for dinner and dancing. Things are amazingly awkward and then suddenly violent when Jon tries to kiss Zach in an attempt at reconciliation.

Fortunately, the boys are good at talking things out, and in fact, by hammering out their issues surrounding this kiss, they become even more bonded and safe in one another’s love.

Meanwhile, Matt and Jared also have some soul searching to do and they, too, hammer out some issues.

In the end, things are still “cool” between Jared and Zach, but they’ve agreed to disagree and are still friends while each couple is now stronger than ever.

**

Marie Sexton does not shy away from “taboos” in this genre. A lot of romances really steer clear of anything considered “cheating” as it turns many readers off. What I appreciate – so much – about this book and these characters is that she doesn’t only tackle the issue, but she also goes so far as to show the reader how something like this not only works for the couple but can be quite sexy, too.

Zach and Angelo are NOT Jared and Matt. Both couples have their own hang ups. Matt and Jared will not touch in public. Matt resists any form of anal penetration (either him or Jared) due to his own hang-ups about what that “means” to be a bottom. Angelo still worries that he’s not worthy of Zach. Zach stumbles around blindly trying to make Angelo happy and worrying that he’ll push him away. But when these guys find this thing – that really works for them both – it acts as a way to make their relationship more concrete. Matt and Jared have to accept that the way they do “love and relationships” is different than others and that nobody does it “wrong”.

Personally, I found the dance club scene where Zach and Angelo explore this new aspect of their relationship exceedingly hot – one of the hottest scenes in ANY m/m book I’ve read. I’ve come back to it time and again. So – though I am not a fan of “open relationships” at all, Marie managed to show me how this absolutely works for these guys and makes it sexy as hell!

I highly recommend this series and this book in particular but I do warn people that it’s not at all the “typical” sequel or m/m romance.

6 of 5 stars

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A Christmas Memory by Max Vos

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J.J. has always hated the holidays. Presents, decorations, the traditional family Christmas…It’s all his colleagues in the staffroom can talk about. J.J. avoids these conversations like the plague. He’d do anything to keep his co-workers from seeing the real J.J, the gay man who doesn’t want to be noticed. When he slips up and reveals that he is all alone with no plans for Christmas, the well-meaning ladies of his high school want to take him in for the holidays.

Oh hell….

Enter Coach Adam Sutton who comes to his rescue—and now J.J. is trapped by this hulk of a man who won’t take no for an answer. And he would have to be someone J.J finds attractive, wouldn’t he? Too bad he’s straight and J.J’s not about to step out of the shadows and make a move on him. He likes his arms where they are, thank you very much.

But Adam has a secret, one which is going to turn J.J’s world upside-down. Adam wants to give J.J. a Christmas to remember, but as it turns out, both men’s lives are never going to be the same again…

Review

JJ is a nerd. He’s a history buff and a teacher at a high school. He’s not out and proud but he’s not really hiding his sexuality either. He kind of, sort of has a crush on the football coach – who is “obviously” straight-  and just wants to keep his lonely Christmases to himself.

Adam, the coach in question, hears that JJ has no plans for Christmas and invites him to share the holiday with him and his big family. Reluctantly, JJ agrees.

It doesn’t take long before things begin to get very interesting and suddenly JJ is wondering where things with Adam are headed.

**

Oh man! This is now free on Kindle Unlimited and I highly recommend it! It’s a very sweet nerd/jock, OFY story that has Max Vos’ signature hot and messy sex involved!

JJ is a sweetheart who gets bowled over by the exuberant and giant hearted football coach and his wonderful family. I loved seeing how sweet and appreciative Adam was for every thing JJ did and vice versa. They are an absolutely wonderful couple and I always re-read this when I need a pick-me-up!

I highly recommend it and give it 5 of 5 stars!

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Vixen’s Valor Audiobook By Charlie Cochet Narrated by Robert Nieman

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Rein Dear is a prestigious title, accompanied by admiration, devotion, and celebrity status, all of which one saucy Vixen thrives on. Alas, Vixen’s only concerned with having fun, unlike his stuffy and sensible best friend, Rudy Rein Dear, who Vixen has always been jealous of. Aside from being chosen by Mayor Kringle to be Captain the Rein Dear Squadron, Rudy’s managed to snag himself a prince, even if that prince is the dangerous and imposing Jack Frost.

All’s not lost for Vixen though. He discovers Jack’s cousin Vale has a soft spot for him. Vale Frost might not be a dashing prince, but he’s the next best thing: a decorated Lieutenant for the Toy Soldier Army, and a member of the Frost monarchy.

Determined to get what Vixen feels he deserves, he sets off on a mission to ensnare the kind-hearted lieutenant. But Vixen’s selfish ways are sure to lead to disaster, and it’ll take more than a little courage to set things right.

Review

Book originally reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/vixens-valor-north-pole-city-tales-3-charlie-cochet/

Abridged:

Vixen is a … well, Vixen is a slut. He lost the love of his adoptive parents when they had a baby of their own (way to break my heart Charlie!) and he substitutes the arms of any willing male for that missing affection.

Vale mostly follows the footsteps of his father and does nothing to stir trouble. He admires Vixen from afar, but never dares to push himself in among the throngs of admirers for fear of a trampled heart.

Vixen decides to set his cap for Vale when he considers that Vale is the closest thing to a Prince Charming he’ll get.

Jealousy causes Vixen to do something unthinkable and it ends up putting the entire kingdom at risk. In order to right the world, both Vixen and Vale must put their lives on the line and risk themselves and their hearts.

**

It was hard to like Vixen at first, he’s quite vain and shallow. But… there are hidden depths to him that we discover and pretty soon, we are rooting for him and Vale to make a love connection.

Vale is the perfect hero. Steadfast, true, honorable, but capable of making mistakes, just like the rest of us.

I really enjoyed the excitement and couldn’t read fast enough to see if Vixen could save the day.

The story moves quickly but there is just enough there to make all the characters feel really well developed and the plot gripping.

I hope we see more from this Christmas world and I highly recommend this book in the series.

Audio:

Robert Nieman is a favorite narrator of mine. He doesn’t do a lot in terms of accents, but he makes it clear who is speaking. He does a great job with pacing and emotions and excels with dialog. I really loved this story and the narration is a great way to experience it!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Knave of Broken Hearts Audiobook (Love in Laguna book 2) by Tara Lain Narrated by KC Kelly

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Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares.

How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

Review
(Book Reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/knave-of-broken-hearts-love-in-laguna-book-2-by-tara-lain/)

Abridged:

Jim is trying very, very hard to be straight, but he struggles. He drowns his true feelings and only with a healthy dose of alcohol can he bring himself to be attracted to women

He also gets the required physical to be on the company insurance and finds out he has a mitral defect in his heart which might or might not be serious.

Unfortunately, stress is a trigger for his disease, and after having met Ken (his cardiologist) at Shaz and Billy’s wedding and falling instantly in lust with the man, stress is his pretty constant companion. No woman can compete with the man who looks like every fantasy he’s ever had.

Ken, meanwhile, is trying to keep his family happy by finding himself a proper Japanese boy to marry. But he can’t help but be attracted to everyone but the men his mother finds for him.

When Jim’s health takes a turn for the worse, Jim is forced to be true to himself and to Ken. Ken, when faced with losing Jim also realizes he can’t be who his mother wants – not if he wants to be happy.

**

Tara Lain is an amazingly gifted writer. She manages to create these wonderfully developed and engaging characters that just pull you into the story from the get-go.

Though I really, really loved Ken and Jim as a couple and I absolutely saw the attraction from Jim’s eyes, I didn’t feel nearly as connected to Ken or fully understand his attraction to Jim nearly as well.  I did love the look at Japanese culture and the way Ken’s family “embraced” all the new decisions as they happened.  Ken’s mom is hysterical!

I also really liked Jim’s journey on this path and his personal growth – I thought that was very well written.

I appreciated the happy place everyone ended, but I wish there had been a bit more between Jim’s deciding to be truthful, Ken deciding to brave his family and the “ILY” at the end.  I think that we always want more of a good thing and Jim and Ken together are definitely a good thing!

It was a fantastic book and I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait for the next in the series, Ru is a great character and I know he’ll get a great book!

Audio

I love KC Kelly’s narrations! He has such a smooth and easy voice, and his pacing is great. He differentiates the voices and does a wonderful, subtle accent for the Japanese characters. I really like his interpretation of Ken’s voice – measured, concise, not heavily accented and I LOVE Ken’s mother! Oh- the Drama!

I really enjoyed this as an e-book and the narration is even better!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Christmas with Danny Fit by Amy Lane

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This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

In a perfect moment of cold November sunshine, pudgy accountant Kit Allen realizes Jesse, his new office assistant, is everything he’s ever dreamed about in a man. Feeling supremely unworthy and desperate to get a life—even an imaginary one—Kit embarks on a self-improvement campaign featuring DVD fitness guru, Danny Fit.

In the meantime, Jesse has begun a subtle campaign of his own, one designed to bring Kit out of his DVD dream world and into Jesse’s arms. Jesse isn’t perfect—he’s no Danny Fit—but he hopes that the kind, funny man who has been looking at him so soulfully since his first day at work has what it takes to be everything Jesse has always wanted.

Review

Kit, the 30 year old, virgin accountant who still lives with his mom, hasn’t felt the need to move out or change his life until the day he’s invited to play pick up ball with his new assistant Jesse.

Jesse is young, vibrant and totally alive. Kit is entranced.

Kit decides in order to be “worthy” of Jesse he needs to change his life. He moves out, goes on a diet and starts to exercise to DVDs by Danny Fit.

As he transforms (both inside and out) Jesse (who was already interested) begins to more forcibly become part of Kit’s life, outside of work.

Kit can’t really trust that someone like Jesse is even gay, much less into someone like me, but when Jesse shows up on his doorstep one night he finally begins to catch the clue that Jesse can see the man behind the shy and off they begin on their adventure.

**

This is a “make over” story of the best kind: self- motivated. Jesse never asks Kit to change a thing and it’s only Kit’s new self-esteem and open eyes that allow him to see what’s been in front of him for weeks.

I love that Jesse isn’t perfect and that he has stuff he can learn from Kit, too. I also appreciated Kit’s mom and their relationship. Instead of making her an enemy, Kit recognized her weakness and instead of exploiting it he helped her and loved her and both of them actually grew closer.

This is a lovely story about a 30 year old virgin finally finding his way and his heart.

I highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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