Falling in love isn’t always smooth sailing.
College drop-out Nicolas Cannon has a secret he’s been hiding for all his adult life. A secret that has left him isolated and mostly friendless—until the day a very friendly parrot flies into his life. In his search to discover the parrot’s owner, Nicolas meets the handsome, enigmatic and much-older Alex Durant. But Nicolas has become fond of Alex’s pet Calamity, and the pair develop an unexpected friendship over their love of the bird.
Alex Durant is a man with money and power, but he’s also haunted by his past with an abusive ex. Calamity saved Alex’s sanity, and he’s surprised at how easily he shares her attention with Nicolas, a young artist who arrests Alex’s attention. As their friendship takes a brand-new, sexy turn, Nicolas discovers Alex also possesses something else he never expected: a shared love of silky underthings. But Nicolas isn’t out to his family, and that decision may test his fledgling relationship with Alex to the breaking point.
Silky Smooth is a stand-alone story in the multi-author Bold Brew shared universe, centered around an inclusive coffee shop set in a fictional college town. Each steaming hot coffee shop romance can be enjoyed alone, but collect all ten for the most fun! My 40k word story features a reclusive artist, a lonely restauranteur, an emotional support parrot, age gap, and satin underwear.
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Book 6 in the Bold Brew series that are connected through the cafe they all frequent, so they can be read in any order. Same world, different characters.
In this installment we meet Nicolas and Alex. Nicolas who dropped out of college his senior year due to bullying and Alex who is newly divorced and dealing with some trauma of his own. Alex has an emotional support parrot (seriously) who escapes when he is on a business trip and Nicolas finds him outside of the cafe.
Extremely introverted, he is wary of this bird who offers affirmations, but is good heart compels him to take the bird home and hopefully find his owner. After a week though, he was kind of enjoying the company and routine of having a pet. So of course that is when the owner shows up.
Even with a 15 year age difference, Alex and Nicolas are obviously drawn to each other. But it is never awkward. Their romance, albeit fast, just seems smooth and natural.
This was a fairly quick read that didn’t have much angst. Nicolas’ issues were dealt with, but Alex never really got any closure. That is probably my only real criticism.
As a fan of A.M. Arthur, I felt like this story harkened back to her earlier books. I really enjoyed it.
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