Several months ago, Thorne hired Riley as an escort. They fell hard for each other and ultimately made their relationship personal rather than professional. Every moment they spend in bed is pure bliss, but good sex can’t solve all their problems as they struggle to make things work between them. Thorne convinces Riley to move in with him, but their differences in age and income weigh more heavily on Riley once they share a home.
If that weren’t enough, culinary school is turning out to be a disappointment for Riley rather than a dream come true, and he’s considering the daunting prospect of starting his own business.
Thorne wants to swoop in and fix everything, but Riley keeps refusing Thorne’s money or advice, feeling like he’s losing control over his own life.
Thorne and Riley will have to rely on their love for each other to help them find the balance between independence and entanglement.
This is the sequel to Professional Distance reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/professional-distance-thorne-and-dash-book-1-audiobook-by-silvia-violet-narrated-by-greg-boudreaux/, and it must be read in order. Therefore, I’m assuming you have ☺
In the end of book one, Riley and Thorne had admitted their love for one another and a desire to see one another as boyfriends, and that Riley would give up his escort business. Book 2 finds them deciding to live together and facing a world as “equals”.
What I loved about this was how “real” a lot of their squabbles felt. Neither man had experience with a permanent relationship, and they were in very different places in their lives. It’d be strange if they didn’t run into stumbling blocks now and again. But… instead of ignoring them, for the most part they talked them out (though they did tend to resort to sex a lot of the time, too.)
I also loved how Riley finally convinces Thorne to learn to back after Thorne teaches him about sailing. It was symbolic of opening themselves up to new experiences and trusting the other to guide them.
Granted, this is acknowledgedly erotica, but – to me – there is a LOT of sex in this and after awhile I began skimming. It was just overwhelming. I’m also not a big fan of the BDSM type stuff – not the tying up and control stuff – but the spanking and the whip… that was a bit much for me. So… in the end, I liked this a lot and really enjoyed seeing where our guys are headed and am definitely looking forward to book 3 – but I’m not as crazy about it as I was book 1.
3 of 5 stars
I’d had the book on my kindle for awhile and kept meaning to get to it, but I was really glad I’d waited and experienced this as an audiobook. Greg did another fantastic job and really helped to make this feel even more “real” with his amazing narration.
5 of 5 stars
Overall, for both book and audio 4 of 5 stars
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