Parker James is a unique, multi-variant personality who loves everything that has to do with love. Parker lives in Florida surrounded by wonderful friends, a home she remodeled herself—well, okay, paid someone to do what she wanted—and a rescued feral cat. While a published author in other areas, this is one of Parker's first forays into M/M romantic erotica, but there are many, many more to come! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chase Moore was devastated when he learned his hot boyfriend proposed to a woman. With his love life in tatters, Chase pours himself into his interior design career. But when a fabric order for an important client goes awry, it threatens to put him over the edge. Drowning his sorrows in a cup of hot, black coffee before consulting on his next big job seems like the answer—until he see Frank.
Frank Hilliard didn’t believe in fate or karma or any of those silly things when he stopped into the java shop, until a powerful attraction draws him to meet a gorgeous man’s gaze. He approaches the stranger’s table with every intention of following a gut instinct to get to know him better—much better.
When Chase discovers the man who sets his body—and soul—on fire is the husband of his newest client, he vows not to be the 'other man' again, but his heart and his body just aren't listening. Frank awakens feelings he never wanted to have--raw and primal--and just when Chase is certain it has to end, the real truth of Frank's situation reveals a stunning secret that promises more than Chase ever bargained for.
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
This is the story of two men who clash eyes and instantly knew they had a connection. However, both men are not free in every sense of the word. Chase is not free from his traumatic past and Frank is married. Not the best circumstance to have when instant lust and love are the key elements to this story.
Chase had fooled himself to believe his relationship with his boyfriend was going to be paradise but having to be told he was losing out to a woman for the sake of propriety or other such crappy logic, he just could not take it. Decisive for once, he breaks off the relationship and vows never to be the other man.
Frank is powerful, as a husband, as a partner in a law firm that bears his name, and as a man per se. He was powerless, though, when he chances upon a beautiful man in a cafe and could not believe he fell head over heels in just a matter of seconds. For the first time, he regrets his decision to stay married to his good friend. How to explain all this to Chase is a totally different situation, as when seeing the wedding ring on his finger, the man up and left.
Matters come to cross between the two men when the appointment Chase had revealed none other than Frank as his client's husband. So the play with words and hands come in. The heat gets on. The anger simmers in the background. How both men deal with their situation, now that is for the rest of you to read.
This is an erotic story and is told from both men's perspective. It reads sizzling hot and a bit frustrating at some points for both men had real issues they both could not obviously deal well on their own. In comes the secondary cast of characters in the form of friends and wife and thus the arc of the series gets revealed. These set of great friends are what keeps all of these men together, in both mind, body and spirit. They are a huge family who stuck it out together through thick and thin since the day they met all those years ago as kids. Now as adults and business partners, it is this same set of friends who make everything logical for all. Chase depends on his friends, and Frank will, too, it should turn out.
The one thing I have to be a bit frustrated about are the loose ends that are not resolved at the end of this read. I can speculate but with nothing left to hold on to, none of my speculations are even a bit tangible. This is a great beginning though, for as I read the preview of the second installment, what loose ends are found here are obviously going to be touched on and maybe tied together. Until then, I will wait, I will speculate, and dream that my thoughts will run the same course as author Parker James.