Flight attendant Maxwell Lewis has spent years cultivating a bon vivant image only to find he finally wants something more—and that something more includes the never-does-repeats game designer Gibson Henry.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Maxwell Lewis is proud of the life he’s made. Having turned tragedy into triumph, he’s now a beloved member of a Target Airlines cabin crew with more than his fair share of attention both in the air and on the ground. But lately he’s wanted something more than the occasional hook-up or sometime sex buddy—particularly after meeting game designer and passenger Gibson Henry.
Talented and driven, Gibson has built a company ready to be the next big thing in gaming. Devoted to his work, he takes onetime pleasures where he finds them and never does repeats…which is what he tells handsome, sexy Maxwell Lewis after a little mile-high flight attendance. But a chance encounter in a London club is about to change things forever. Two men, one who’s flown solo and another who’s only ever played alone, are about to find that at some point all games come to end, it’s time to bare your heart and try for love.
I’ll be the first to say that I love Susan Mac Nicol’s books. She is a smart lady, who dives into her research, and never ceases to torture her guys endlessly, before finally giving them their HEA. This being book 6 in the Men of London series, I had some idea what to expect.
I will say this was not my favorite of the series (not all of them can be, can they?). I think part of that was, I had a hard time connecting with Gibson from the outset. I didn’t feel the need for insta-love, but he was so far on the other end of the spectrum, it was challenging for me to want Maxwell, who had been through so much in his life, to end up with a man who didn’t appreciate the wonderful things about him. I wanted only the best for Maxwell, and my heart was not invested in Gibson being that person.
However, maybe all that says a lot about Sue’s writing. Because after a certain event happened, I saw the more vulnerable side of Gibson, and how Maxwell was able to be there to support Gibson during that challenging time. They moved from F buddies to a more balanced relationship, where both sides were able to contribute equally in the equation.
There was an event late in the book that did make me question my love for Maxwell, and want Gibson to not let it go so easily-but I realized that everyone in life makes mistakes, and sometimes, as humans that love another, we forgive those mistakes, whether or not everyone agrees with it.
All in all, a solid story, that did give me some grief to deal with. 3.75 pieces of eye candy.