This was fabulous! Absolutely fabulous and not at all what I expected.
Granted, the first time I read the blurb, I was a little afraid I'd get a story that had "cliché" written all over it. Alec, successful hotshot lawyer in London has a nice little Friday-night-adventure with a beautiful guy. There is a little spark and a lot of sexy stuff happening, but it all ends rather abruptly the next morning. Nothing unusual so far.
That is until new intern Ed, very eager and smart, comes to work on monday to impress his new boss and maybe future employers, only to be confronted with the one-night-stand of two nights ago. Who not only send him packing the minute the sun came up, but now also is the very boss he so desperately wanted to make a good first impression on. Just not with his skills in the bedroom.
Thank god, that's where the cliché story ended and the "real" story began. I enjoyed the journey of these two immensely. Alec, so successful and strong when it comes to his career, has some serious thinking to do when it comes to his private life. Because as much as he wants Ed, he is stuck in the closet behind the closet - has been for a very long time. But Ed, beautiful (and at times maybe a little too perfect) Ed, is not going back into the closet. Not even for a man who makes his heart beat as fast as Alec does.
I loved how this story surprised me. It was the typical office romance, and then it wasn't. Well written, with twists and turns that kept me interested from the first page to the last, and just fabulous all around. These guys actually TALK, and act accordingly, instead of running circles around each other or hiding behind misunderstandings. And let's not forget the smexy stuff, which was hot as hell, but also tender and raw at times.
All in all, Jay Northcote wrote a wonderful story, full of integrity, honesty and feelings without being too drawn out or too melodramatic. It just... was. And it made for a wonderful, wonderful read. Definitely recommended.
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