Book Review: The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton


Sex in Seattle: Book Three

(Note: This book also can be read as a stand-alone)

Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it’s cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.

James Gallway’s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he’s lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can’t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.

Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.

Denise’s Review:

I picked this book up, after having read the second book in the Sex in Seattle series, The Enlightenment of Daniel.  Normally, I have to read the books in a series in order.  However, I didn’t realize it was a series until about halfway through the book.  Fortunately, the each book in the series are completely able to stand alone.  When I found out Michael was getting a story, I knew I needed to read that.  As I read the blurb, I had no idea how Eli Easton would be able to take the story of a sex surrogate, one who obviously loves his job, give him an HEA, and one that was believable for the readers.

Well, magic happened, and I am a believer.

This story was so different than any other m/m romance I have ever read, and yet so much the same.  Michael having had a crush on the author JC Guise for years.  Meanwhile, James, the author in question, was a recluse due to the polio virus he contracted as a child rendering his legs useless.  Michael would not take no for an answer, and began as friends, then transitioning over time to lovers.

What a fantastic connection these two shared.  I loved that James disability was certainly a hindrance to their romance, and yet, only because of James.  Michael saw absolutely no issues with it.  It was truly a testament to Michael’s empathetic personality that his biggest concern was the lie of omission that he was committing by not telling James he was a sexual surrogate.

James had major issues with trust, having been shown more than once that no one stays with him.  Meanwhile Michael not telling James the truth was eating him up inside.  To work through the obstacles between these two took an entire host of supporting characters, from James’ agent, to an elderly burlesque dancer (who is hilarious by the way!).  In the end, of course, as is Eli Easton’s way, a believable HEA was reached, and this reader went away very happy.

There were a just a couple things I would have liked to see fleshed out a little–another scene with James’ mother, and maybe finding out why Michael’s sexual surrogate co-worker was such an ass. However they did not detract from what was an amazing story that did not focus on the disability of James, but on the fact that everyone is deserving of love, no matter what.  Oh, and some hot sex scenes in there that prove, you can find your way to what you want and need.  🙂

This book brought tears to my eyes, gave me laugh lines, and I read it straight through–yes, that was what I did on a Wednesday evening. I would encourage you to pick it up, and clear your calendar for a similar Wednesday evening.

Final determination is 4.5 pieces of eye candy.  I hope you enjoy!!!

Favorite Quotes:

“Take my advice, and you’ll have that man eating out of your hand. Or lower. That’s even better.”

“Sex is a part of love, and love is the nicest part of being a human being.”

“The kind of compassion you have is like a diamond–won under tremendous pressure. Well, whatever fire forged you, you are special. You’re a jewel.”

James quirked an eyebrow. “Oh, its fascinating. The only ones I really dislike are the E.D. patients. I don’t understand why they get to wake Michael up at three a.m. if they get an erection, but I have to wait until seven.”

Amazon Purchase Links:

The Mating of Michael (Sex in Seattle Book 3)
The Trouble With Tony (Sex in Seattle Book 2)
The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle Book 2)

Contact Eli Easton:

Twitter: @EliEaston



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Bio for Eli Easton

Having been, at various times and under different
names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the
author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a
profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m
romance author. 
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when
an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting
hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story.  She promises to strive
to achieve most of that most of the time.  She currently lives on a farm
in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens.
 All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the
naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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