REVIEWED by Alexander
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 6 hours, 7 minutes
NARRATOR: Matthew Lloyd Davies
When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.
Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm, whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships, and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning – as the new temp on his team.
Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for. Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast.
If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is, because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.
Oh Alec, you closeted twithead, you were not an easy guy to like, but it’s amazing what finally making a connection with someone can do for your personal growth.
The dynamic between Alec and Ed had an interesting push and pull, with most of Alec’s shitty behavior attributed to the growing realization that Ed meant more to him than just a one night stand, and his steadfast refusal to acknowledge what he was feeling for his new temp. Ed had the patience of a saint, putting up with an insane workload assigned by Alec as a way to prove something, and the fact that he got together with Alec again, demonstrated his capacity for forgiveness.
I enjoyed the sections where we got to meet both Alec and Ed’s families, which allowed us to see how they came to be who they are as adults. These two interactions were crucial for advancing the plot, more specifically the growth of their relationship, and making Alec’s tipping point feel real.
It’s a bit challenging to find a good British narrator that I like, it’s even more of a challenge to find one that I love, and yet I did just that with Davies. His characters each had their own personalities, and he truly brought them to life. I did find the female voices to be a little off-putting, but that was a minor issue in an overall good performance.