4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Boss/employee Closeted coming of age Construction Worker Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort lawyer m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract

Pins and Needles by A.J. Thomas

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The truth is rarely seen on the surface, and getting to it might mean digging deep….

After a devastating accident and a long stay in the hospital, the last thing petroleum engineer Sean Wilkinson wants to deal with is the settlement the oil company tries to force on him. He’ll never be able to work in his field again, his education is all but useless, and his surgeons are pessimistic about whether he’ll ever walk again. He needs someone in his corner, but most lawyers take one look at his tattoo-covered foster father and turn their backs. It’s just Sean’s luck that the one attorney willing to give him a chance is also the hottest guy he’s ever seen.

As a trial lawyer, Nate Delany has a lot to prove—to his father, the world, and himself. Sean intrigues Nate, and he struggles to reconcile the gifted tattoo artist he can’t stop fantasizing about with the quiet, brilliant engineer. His investigation reveals facts left out of the accident report—including an illicit affair, greedy coworkers, and a vicious corporation that will do anything to protect its bottom line. When Sean’s life is threatened, winning Sean’s case, and his heart, becomes a lot more dangerous.

Review by Mary

Pins and Needles is about two people meeting at a point where their lives are dramatically changed. They are completely opposite in many ways yet both have the drive to push on. There are a lot of threads to this story. The romance between Sean and Nate is slow burning and fits so well. Many times I have been frustrated by slow building romance in the past because the reasons for not getting together seemed shallow but that is not the case for Pins and Needles. The factors for hesitation are valid and this adds to the suspense. There is also a suspense angle to the compensation case Nate is representing for Sean. I love a mystery and there are so many aspects of Sean’s compensation claim that only become clear at the end of the book. So many suspense mystery stories reveal themselves quickly but this one kept me guessing. n aspect is Sean’s determined recovery. It is noticeable that there has been a lot of research into Sean’s recovery and disability which made it so much more realistic. And finally there is Nate’s ambition to prove himself and prove his father wrong.

Nate and Sean come from opposite sides, Sean making his own luck and working hard to get his degree and a well paying job whilst Nate had all the comforts while studying. On the other side Sean’s foster father and co-opted family supported him all the way although he never quite looses the feeling of being abandoned. Nate on the other hand has a the monetary support but feels he has to fight for his father to be proud of him.

The attention to detail is impressive, pulling all the different aspects together giving depth to the story. I will admit in the beginning I thought the story was a tad slow but by the end I thought the pace fit beautifully. Any faster and the magic of the slow burn romance coupled with the building case wouldn’t have worked. This is a book I would read again and love to hear as an audiobook.

The epilogue rounds the story off nicely giving Sean and Nate their happy ever after.

4.5 of 5 stars



Review by Morgan

This reminded me of a gay, romantic, John Grisham novel – I loved it!

We get a little bit of everything. Some corporate intrigue and danger, some hurt/comfort, a little bit of client/lawyer romance, an interesting/heart-warming bit with Sean’s father, and some tattooing!

The romance between Sean and Nate sometimes frustrated me because it felt like a conversation about clients and lawyers and relationships would have fixed a lot of the angst – but once that gets settled it was good.

The action might have overshadowed the relationship stuff a bit, but all of it really blended well.

All in all I enjoyed this and would recommend it to fans of legal drama and hurt/comfort romance.

4 of 5 stars



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