Mallory is probably one of the few real bisexual men I have “met” in a romance; he is married to a woman, but his marriage is at the end, and for once the reason is not that his repressed sexuality wants to come out (pun very much intended), indeed I think he is going through an early middle life crisis. It happens that Mallory, before his wife Trish, whom he has never cheated while they were married, had relationships both with women than men; he liked his women small and petite, feminine, and his men big and strong, masculine. At only two weeks since the break up, Mallory is cruised in a bar by Will, a very handsome, and slightly young, Afro-American man. Will can dance, and Mallory has a soft spot for who can dance, and so from a ballroom to a bedroom the step is fast… only to awaken the morning after and finding out that Will is his new co-worker at the fire station.
Sincerely there is not much drama in this story; as I said at the beginning it’s mostly romantic, and I liked how the author dealt the relationship between Mallory and his ex-wife Trish, with the right dose of hurting but not with a desire of vengeance, both Mallory and Trish proved to be adult and capable of thinking.
I also liked that Will was able, and willing to wait for Mallory: at only 2 weeks from a failed marriage, it would have been impossible, and dangerous, for Mallory to falls over heels for another person, a colleague moreover. I don’t know if Will realized that giving Mallory space he did the right thing to capture the man, but that is exactly what happened. Plus Will didn’t prevent Mallory from meeting with his ex-wife, he was not jealous, at least not after he was certain that Mallory was not putting him in the “dirty little secret” closet.
There is the right dose of sex, good and with that touch of “down to earth” feeling that makes it enjoyable since you can relate, these are two ordinary men, falling in love and enjoying every moment of it.
Cheek to Cheek is losely connected to 911, but it can be read as standalone.
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Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 10, 2009)
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