Several months ago Thorne hired Riley as an escort. They fell hard for each other and ultimately made their relationship personal rather than professional. Every moment they spend in bed is pure bliss, but good sex can’t solve all their problems as they struggle to make things work between them. Thorne convinces Riley to move in with him, but their differences in age and income weigh more heavily on Riley once they share a home.
If that weren’t enough, culinary school is turning out to be a disappointment for Riley rather than a dream come true, and he’s considering the daunting prospect of starting his own business. Thorne wants to swoop in and fix everything, but Riley keeps refusing Thorne’s money or advice, feeling like he’s losing control over his own life.
Thorne and Riley will have to rely on their love for each other to help them find the balance between independence and entanglement.
Professional Distance was one of my favorite books of 2015. It had everything I love about an m/m romance. A great story with fantastic dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes that were not the same scene over and over and two characters who couldn’t get out of their own way in order to find the love they both wanted so desperately.
Personal Entanglement, book 2 in the series (and yeah!! There is a book 3 for these two men coming later this year!!!) is not any different. How Ms. Violet is able to create such varying sex scenes about two men is a true testament to either her penchant for “research” or her very vivid imagination. She does an incredible job too with not having sex scenes just to make this an erotic romance but also showing how the sex life of these two men helps to enhance and/or cause distance in their relationship. This is not an easy feat with an erotic romance. Often too many sex scenes get boring, repetitive and bring no connection between the two characters . Yet when these two characters connect, or even when they notice their relationship is challenged it is through sex that they are able to reach each other when all else fails.
This book is not just sex scenes though, and if you only put it in the category of p.o.p. you are missing some key elements to this story. What a fantastic job the author does of presenting real life relationship challenges between two men of varying ages, experiences, and relationship skills.
Let’s face it. Men are quite often not the most communicative. Now put two that are domineering, stubborn, and new to relationships, and you likely have the makings of a disaster waiting to happen. The author shows how in real life “happily ever after” doesn’t always happen after the men say “I love you” and move in together. It takes real work, communication, and compromise. These men had to work on that in order to finally find their HEA, and the ride was superb.
I truly can’t wait to see what the author has in store for these men in book 3, but if it’s what she’s done for the first two books I expect it to be hot AF, explosive and a fun ride for everyone reading it.
4.5 pieces of eye candy
Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They’re clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.