There is a lot more to Bailey Richards than just being a shy, awkward man who trips over his own feet and has never been on a date. There is more to Sam Thurston than being the owner of an adult toy shop that has trouble shaking off its skeevy image. Together, they’ll find out what.
After stumbling onto an interesting form of play online, Bailey needs to know more. To explore. Unfortunately that means he needs to buy a … thing. He can’t even say the word in his head without blushing. He needs to buy a tail. Ponies need tails right?
Bailey has found the one he wants and oh how he wants it. The trouble is, not only is the glorious rainbow tail for a unicorn, it’s also been out of Bailey’s price range … until now.
After working in construction most of his life, Sam Thurston bought The Pleasure Palace six months ago with a plan to revive it as something a little more upmarket. It has, however, been more challenging than he expected. Even coming up with a better name than The Pleasure Palace has been problematic.
As if trying to get the shop to finally show a profit while finding a name that doesn’t make him cringe when he answers the phone isn’t hard enough, he keeps getting distracted. There’s a young man who comes in regularly to look at one piece of merchandise: the rainbow tail on display at the back of the store.
Having checked his ID, Sam knows the beautiful man is twenty-five and that his name is Bailey. He also knows that with his long blond hair, deep blue eyes, and fine features, he may be the most beautiful man Sam has ever seen.
Pet Me (The Toye Shoppe 1) is a contemporary MM romance featuring mild kink, a rag-tag group who discover that found family is as strong and beautiful as blood family, and an age-gap romance between two men discovering that the other is exactly the person they were looking for. Oh … and a very beautiful unicorn.
Siiiiigh, I was sad when it ended… I could’ve gone on and read another several hundred pages with Sam and Bailey. They’re so cute! In saying that, I really, really hope we get more from not only these two, but the rest of their mixed-matched crew of business men and their brats. I also really hope to see Jordan thrown in too. I wouldn’t mind him being a dominant one against Karsyn, I’ll say that right now…. But okay, I’m getting ahead of myself….
Bailey is debilitatingly shy, dangerously clumsy and insecure and so, so innocent. It never explains why he is this way, not in detail, though we do get some hints about his past that might’ve contributed, but he’s just he sweetest boy you could imagine. With long blonde hair and a long and lithe body, it’s easy to see him as the unicorn he so badly wants to be. With very little money and not a friend or prospective boyfriend to show him what it might be like, he only settles for quick stops at the local “toye shoppe” to catch a glimpse of the most perfect rainbow tail that he only lets himself dream about… that’s where he meets Sam.
Sam is the new owner of the shoppe, with a couple of his businessmen buds. They’re all in their 40’s (I believe) and all very much single, though a few regulars from the shoppe have caught a couple of their eyes. I’m so intrigued by all of them (even Karsyn, though he’s a bit of a jerk) and I cannot wait to see what happens for all of them. Sam though, he’s intrigued by the fumbling cutie that sporadically comes in, knocks things around by accident and then flees in embarrassment before Sam can say much to him. It’s a stroke of pure luck that he runs into him in the rundown diner that he works and lets himself ask Bailey out, despite thinking it’s a terrible idea for a number of reasons, one of which is that he’s twice his age.
Their age is never a problem in this story, so if age gaps are a hang up for you, don’t let it be here. I honestly forgot it until it was brought up and then I it was a fleeting, ‘oh, yeah’…. And nothing more. I absolutely adored these two together. They’re complete opposites in the most together ways, it just worked for them. Sam showed Bailey what it was like to come out of his shell. To experience what he’d always dreamed of and how it felt to be truly accepted and loved. It was a sweet story that ended way too abruptly and way too quick for me, but that’s just me being selfish. I really just wanted more of them!
I hope they’re revisited in future Toye Shoppe stories and I cannot wait to see what’s next. This was such a cute, low angst, happily ever after, 5 pieces of eye candy read for me! I loved it!
5 pieces of eye candy