Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Blue Days
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 98 pages
Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.
Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.
When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?
Mary Calmes is now and will always be one of my most favorite authors. I’ve been going through some serious Mary Calmes withdrawals, so I was so incredibly happy to read this wonderful little story.
Dwyer Knolls is a corporate deal maker. He’s a people person and can get things done. People naturally like him because he sets people at ease and makes them comfortable. So, it’s no surprise that he’s widely successful at his job. His firm is taken over by different manager and that’s when he meets very mild mannered Takeo Hiroyuki.
Takeo’s father sends him to Chicago to head up their company in the US. The only person who “get’s” Takeo is Dwyer, so their bond forms fast and strong. It’s obvious the other people in the company dislike Takeo’s cold personality but Dwyer knows that that persona is just a defense mechanism and misunderstanding.
Dwyer’s attraction to Takeo grows daily. They quietly develop a rich friendship but Dwyer is constantly battling his feelings.
They are both sent to Florida to secure another deal for the company when all their built up passion ignites almost instantaneously. Unbeknownst to Dwyer, Takeo was also battling his own attraction. It was HOT reading about these two together. I really loved the fact that Takeo wasn’t necessarily “in the closet.” When he realized Dwyer shared his feelings he went head first into their relationship. They both jumped into it with their hearts and eyes fully opened.
Mary is such a solid author. I love how she develops and writes such likeable characters. I loved this story.
Readers also get to hear a tiny bit about Aaron Sutter and his upcoming wedding, which was nice to read about. Incredibly, enjoyable little story!!