Reviewed by Amber
AUTHOR: Keelan Ellis
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 15th, 2016
Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, that desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter’s first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.
Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.
The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love love love finding “new to me” authors. I’m a big fan of super angsty stories and this one wasn’t at all but I still thoroughly enjoyed. It had the perfect amount of sweet, angst, sex, hotness, passion, and drama. It also had some really unique elements that I was really surprised by. Usually with “closet case” stories theres an overabundance of self loathing and internal battles this one was primarily external struggles which I appreciated.
Ethan Daniels has always been attracted to men. And he can say without a shadow of doubt that he was in love with his ex-wife so his bisexuality comes as no surprise. Having taken a job he doesn’t really like but allows him to be closer to his daughter creates some struggles for him.
Charlie Woods prefers to keep romantic entanglements strictly tangle free. He rarely sees a hook up twice so he’s baffled that he finds himself attracted to one of his student’s parents who happen to work for a bigoted tv news network.
Ethan decides he doesn’t want to stop seeing Charlie so they enter into a tentative relationship while trying to keep it sort of hush, hush.
I really loved Ethan and Charlie, separately. But together they were so much more dynamic and incredibly hot. Ethan embraced his relationship with Charlie wholeheartedly after the initial hiccups.
The side characters were outstanding as well. I loved the interactions between Ethan and his ex as well as Charlie with his co-workers. Having worked in education I totally got a kick out of it.
The writing in this story is awesome and I honestly look forward to reading other books by this author.
This was a total win for me.