Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They’re clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.
We start off with Thornwell “Thorne” Shipton, a wealthy, closeted, control-freak who only sleeps with rent boys meeting Riley “Dash” Dashwood for the first time. Dash sets Thorne off on practically every measure, pushing his limits but ultimately also pushing all his buttons – in a good way.
They are – on paper- terrible for each other. Dash is 20 years younger than Thorne, he’s out and proud and in school and ready to start life. Thorne is bitter and in a rut and set in his ways and not interested in rocking the boat.
But together, they just work. They’ve got amazing chemistry. Dash doesn’t let Thorne push him around and Thorne LOVES it when Dash pushes HIM around. The age thing seems daunting, but to Dash and Thorne it’s just not even a thing.
Thorne’s family is – in the end – barely a hurdle, the main hurdle is the painful one of transitioning from paid escort to partner. But, in what feels fairly organic and as real as this type of “Pretty Woman” scenario can.
I really loved the banter the two share and the fact that Dash pretty much lays everything out on the line, honestly, every time they meet.
There is A LOT of sex in this. Some of it works as it’s the way they connect and the way Dash breaks through a lot of Thorne’s barriers, but I do wish we’d see them function more as a couple OUTSIDE the bedroom, too.
(The scene where Thorne really let’s go is over the top hot and a little dirty, too!)
4.5 of 5 stars
Greg Boudreaux is a gifted narrator, no matter the subject matter and he’s no novice to erotica. He gives this very sexy read his very sensual best and does a great job with the few secondary characters involved as well. He’s always a joy to listen to and he absolutely adds to the listener’s immersion in this story. I hope he’s slated for the sequel!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.75 of 5 stars
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