My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gage Synclair, international, hard-hitting investigative photojournalist, is preparing for the final special report of his career…a story of deception and murder six long years in the making. And after ten years in some of the worst parts of the world, he’s ready to settle life down and open an art gallery in his hometown of Chicago. The only thing getting in his way, he needs to find a competent electrician to finish the job before his grand opening.
Trent Cooper, electrical contractor, is surprised by the last minute request for a fast-paced electrical remodel, wanting nothing more than to get his foot in the door with Layne Construction. Being gay in the construction industry isn’t easy, nor is being father to his two young adopted children. Trent keeps his life in separate zones to avoid a short circuit. But when the gallery owner propositions him on the first day, Trent can’t help but think his worlds are a little too close for comfort.
Will their high-voltage passion spark everlasting love or will their lives break the circuit between them forever?
So what did I think?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which brings together the hard-hitting investigative journalist and the hard-working single dad electrician.
The story starts, as the title suggests, with a sexual attraction between the two men. Both are extremely aware of each other and have trouble concentrating on anything else while the other is around.
Apart from the physical, Gage and Trent seem poles apart in some respects. Gage is a celebrity. He is wealthy and used to travelling the world. He has no problem with casual hook-ups and can get any man he wants. Trent is your average man with responsibilities including children and a business to run. He gave up casual affairs when he took responsibility for the kids. However, as the book progresses, and their emotional connection deepens, it is clear that they both really want the same things – it boils down to a committed relationship and strength of family.
The story wasn’t perfect and did have a few small issues for me but nothing that prevented my enjoyment. I didn’t like Gage propositioning Trent the way he did at their first meeting and was very glad that Trent turned him down. It was pleasing to see that Gage’s character evolved to a man with more depth, pretty quickly into the story. I also found the first 25% too focused on the raging hard-ons each man seemed to continuously sport – I understood that they were wildly attracted and didn’t need this type of ongoing reminder so found this reference a bit repetitive.
On the positive side, I think Kindle Alexander did a wonderful job with the children. They were very cute characters and their actions and dialogue also seemed very realistic. Quite often I find the dialogue of children is too childish, as if the use of lisping baby-words is needed to convey age. But not so in this case. The kids were wonderful.
I also think I want to give 1 star just for Auntie Crazy! Everyone needs an Auntie Crazy in their life!
One final point, on the Abdulla plot line. This was sort of simmering in the background for most of the book and almost had me wondering why as I was enjoying the story of the relationship development without any added complexities. Therefore I was wondering about the significance of Gage’s last report. At 75% this really kicked in and most definitely wasn’t what I expected as I had assumed something entirely different happening. This twist provides lots of tension and action. It had a really different feel to the rest of the book. Regardless, I totally enjoyed the ending as I am always a fan of grand gestures and declarations of love!
This book was also good value for money – $ vs pages vs enjoyment factor!
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- Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander (someonehastosetabadexample.wordpress.com)