Title: Young at Heart
Author: Kay Ellis
Genre: LGBTQ, MM, romance, gay romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Devon Alexander is a wealthy successful businessman. The world is his oyster. In his work life he is decisive and in control. His private life is another matter.There, he doesn’t know if he’s coming or going in his on-off relationship with Jesse Young, an unemployed aspiring model half his age. Can Devon and Jesse overcome the obstacles and outside influences standing in their way? Can they leave behind their own fear and mistrust? Or will they be their own worst enemies?
Review by: multitaskingmomma
I am seriously conflicted with this one. Mind you, this is a superbly written story about an older man having a romantic relationship with a broken young man. Make that, very broken. Very YOUNG! However, I lover older erotic lovers for the main squeezes, I cannot help but fall for their story.
The story of Devon's relationship with Jesse is not an easy read. For one thing, Jesse needs a support group that should help him but instead, he does not need more enemies or drama coming his way. For another, Devon acts immature at times and he struggles.
As characters, these are the most real fiction ones I have met in a long time. I've met some realistic ones but I take off my hat to the author for coming up with two men so real, they cannot be fiction. Take for example Devon. He is a successful business man and financially he is way up there in the upper strata, but his private life? Well, I must say it sucked. Big time. I know quite a few individuals who are like these and they always made me wonder at the juxtaposition of financial success versus personal relationships.
All the time I was reading this, I wondered how this would be perceived by others. The erotic scenes are HOT! The drama was at times, over the top. The mother and Antonio, ugh. I won't go there. The relationship between Devon and Jesse, rocky at best. I kept thinking how they will finally mature enough to face up to the angsts thrown their way. I even question if they will have the HEA promised. As I said, I am conflicted.
As a read, this is really beautifully written, it was very hard to put down. The rollercoaster relationship between the two men was a bit hard to take but impossible not to find out where it will all end. Did I love reading this? Yes. Did I love the characters? I am not sure.
Overall, I leave it to you. If I confused you in my review, then forget this and just take a chance and read. Find out for yourselves what you think at the end. I know I loved it, but the gamut of emotions that I had to go through were quite unexpected, and not all were good. This book makes you think, it makes you feel, and worse, it keeps you glued to the pages. Is that bad?
Prizes: 1 x $20 WIP Gift Card and 1 x ebook copy of Young at Heart
So much for a warm welcome. “I didn’t realize we had set a time.”
“Arthur prepared lunch,” Erica said, with a pointed look at her elegant wristwatch. “All gone to waste now, of course.”
“I’m sorry.” He was already regretting being there. It was always the same, Erica asking him to come out to the house just so she could give him a hard time. So she could moan about anything and everything and leave him feeling like a complete failure. “I slept in late.”
Devon looked at her sharply. “Actually, yes. Why do you ask?”
“No reason.” She smiled coolly. “Although Antonio did mention you were going to dinner last night. I thought maybe he introduced you to someone more....”
“More what, Mother?”
“Than Jesse, you mean? You’d rather I was with some chinless wonder, obsessed with money and material belongings? Because that’s all Antonio’s friends have to offer.”
She crossed the room to stand by the French window, staring out over the immaculately kept lawn, another of Arthur’s jobs. It was written all over her face. She knew who Antonio was setting him up with last night and she obviously approved. Maybe it had even been her suggestion.
“Have you seen him?”
He smiled softly, remembering the feel of Jesse’s body pressed against his. Throwing back his shoulders, he faced Erica defiantly. “I love him.”
“Oh, don’t be so stupid.” Erica snapped.
A stony silence filled the room as Arthur entered bearing a silver tray. He placed it on the glass coffee table and glanced warily from mother to son. Noting their icy expressions, he backed out of the room again without speaking. One of the reasons he made such a good butler was his unerring ability to keep his head down and mind his own business.
“Shall I pour?” Erica asked, reaching for the handle of the teapot.
“I mean it, Mother.” Devon was not about to let her ignore what he had said. “I love Jesse.”
“No.” Erica spoke so calmly it was chilling. “I won’t allow it.”
“You won’t allow it?” he echoed faintly. “Are you serious?”
Putting the teapot back on the tray with more force than was necessary, Erica glared at him coldly. “I put up with it when you decided you had no desire to be with a woman. I put up with the bitter disappointment of knowing you will never give me grandchildren. And I put up with the embarrassment of entertaining God only knows how many men you’ve dated, but not this time. This time, I will not put up with you keeping this boy in our lives. He’s scum, Devon, a dirty little gold-digger who’s only interested in your money. I won’t stand for it. I will do whatever it takes to stop him ruining your life.”
About the Author
Kay Ellis lives in rural Oxfordshire in the UK, where she’s mum to two beautiful daughters. From an early age, she has written stories, with a sole readership of one – her mum, Sylvia. In 2013, someone suggested Kay enter a competition on national television to find a new ‘racey reads’ author. Much to Kay’s surprise, she made it to the final three, and although she didn’t win, the high praise received for her work gave her the confidence to start submitting to publishers.
When not writing, Kay enjoys reading, eating out and the theatre.