Former police Sergeant Charlie, now apartments complex tenant and part time college professor is not so keen on loving again; after an almost in the closet relationship with a former colleague, who conveniently left him alone when Charlie was seriously injured in a car accident, Charlie has the feeling no one would consider him for a serious relationship since he is not “perfect” and Charlie has no time or mood for anything other than serious. From a conservative family, who for love of him, accepted his homosexuality, but still expect him to be the man of the family, Charlie is not used to be the one in need of help, and so, when twink Will starts to make clear he is interested in Charlie, Charlie is searching for an hidden reason.
But Will is really interested only in Charlie, and well, maybe in Charlie’s body, and soul, and everything. Will was disowned by his own family when he came out as teenager, and the only real help he had was from a gruff policeman; maybe lacking a fatherly figure, maybe used to be the bottom in a relationship, Will plays the twink wanting a Sugar Daddy with Charlie, not knowing that this will be probably exactly the reason why Charlie will never consider to have a serious relationship with him, Charlie doesn’t need another egg in his nest.
But Charlie is also seriously alone, and Will is persistent, and too cute to resist. Will manages to crumbles down Charlie’s protective walls, and to insinuate in his life and in that of Charlie’s cat, who is as grumpy as his owner. I appreciated that the author didn’t rush things between Charlie and Will, giving to both of them the time to ponder their actions; entering in a relationship is not easy for both of them: I think Charlie fears to let other people knowing he needs sometime to not being the one in charge, and Will has probably a fear of abandoning, and so usually he is the one to do the abandon.
There is really no obstacle to their happiness if not their own stubbornness, around them, relatives, friends and everyone else is cheering for them to be happy and together ever after.
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Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 20, 2012)
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Cover Art by Shobana Appavu