One-night stands and pretty women don’t seem to give Ryan that buzz that it once did. When he meets his architect, Martin Pierson, there’s a deep connection that goes beyond friendship. Can they cross the barrier into love?
The boys of Woodland Village are back. This time it’s Drew’s brother, Ryan Adams, that’s going through a crisis of doubt. He’s always been the guy who breezed through relationships, never getting serious with the women he dates. He doesn’t know why, but one-night stands and pretty women don’t seem to give him that buzz like before.
Then one night, at his brother’s barbecue, he encounters Drew’s assistant, Martin Pierson. Martin agrees to design Ryan’s new building for his gaming company – Fantasy Arts. As they spend time together in and out of the office, their working relationship grows into friendship and something more. But Martin can’t forgive himself for causing his brother’s death to allow for love. Ryan wants to be Martin’s safe harbor, a steadfast place where Martin can heal his heart. But can Martin put his trust in the notorious playboy of Woodland Village?
This story was very interesting. Both Ryan and Martin had enough baggage to make a relationship an unlikelihood that it makes you wonder how they managed to make it work. But they lean on each other when they needed to. They also pushed each other away when they weren’t ready to lean yet. Martin and Ryan worked well together when they finally got there. They just have more things to overcome before they can make it “forever”. My biggest issue was how Ryan kept comparing Martin to women. It made sense for Ryan to have those thoughts since he thought of himself as straight before, despite past actions. But to harp on it, and to even say some of those thoughts out loud to Martin was disrespectful to Martin, women, and their budding relationship.
Three and a half
Rainbow Award winner, Viki Lyn is a successful writer of sexy romance, both gay and straight. She likes a challenge and at times breaks the rules of her genre. But always, it’s the romance that drives her stories to their happily-ever-after. You can also find her at Viki Vina Romance – the site of her books co-authored with Vina Grey. Check out their popular Orbus Arcana m/m vampire series!
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