What’s the story? (from Goodreads):
Sex comes with a price tag.
One I’m quite willing to pay.
In fact, I prefer it.
It’s easier that way, and in my life, I prefer ease. Prefer for most things to be transactional.
So when the intern disrupts my day, I’m not happy about it. I have a dark and dirty little secret he knows about. One that could destroy my reputation in a world where reputation is everything.
That makes him dangerous.
He could ruin me professionally, wreck my life, but the touch of his mouth to mine, the feel of him in my arms—they’re all I can think about.
Drunk on him, when I’ve always been sober.
The freedom in admitting that is intoxicating. Enough to make me feel drunk with the relief of finally being myself.
But what feels better?
He’s my boss. He holds my future in his hands in more ways than he knows, but he isn’t as free as I am. Doesn’t have the same freedom I do to own up to what he is.
Because of that, I know I’m losing him.
I can feel us becoming DOA.
But is he worth fighting for when he won’t admit what I am to him? What we mean to one another?
I guess you’ll have to find out….
It has been awhile since I listened to an audio book. I just knew though when I saw that Joe Arden had narrated this one that I had to give it a listen. Joe Arden’s voice is so powerful and comforting. He has a way of getting into character and keeping my attention. This book was no exception and with the addition of Jacob Morgan is was just perfect.
I can never get away from a good m/m romance.
I absolutely adored Devlin and Micah. They had their ups and downs when getting to know one another but it never felt uncomfortable or forced. They developed as a couple in a domestic way that felt cozy. I loved how they always seemed to have an open line of communication even if Devlin did struggle. He tried his best and I along with. Micah that is what I loved so much about his character. Devlin may have been then suave and put together CEO by deep down he really did struggle with connecting to people.
What happened to Micah in this story definitely made my heart ache. So please be aware if you are triggered by sexual assault/rape this may not be the book for you. It doesn’t happen in this book and the trauma that Micah goes through did feel real to me. He does seek therapy which I think in some books it overlooked, so I’m glad that Akeroyd did mention it a few times in the book. It is so important that people know they aren’t alone when terrible things happen.
Micah is very much the type of man who is not afraid to admit that he needs cuddles and he does tend to be a rather open-hearted romantic which I love. He is newly out but he does want more than anything to live his truth, which is what we all deserve. I also really loved his relationship with Devlin’s parents. There were a few times when I found myself saying “awww” out loud.
This CEO and internet m/m romance is one that I will always think of and smile. The tender moments are tender and the intense moments are intense. The level of spice is definitely high and will definitely have you taking deep breaths. There is no lack of chemistry between these two men.