Author: Anna Zabo
My Rating: A
Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Sam and Michael
Release Date: August 2014
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Shattered by the most intense sex he’s ever had, Sam has to face the facts—one night with a handsome, dominating stranger is all he gets before returning to the closet he’s been suffocating in for years. But when Sam starts his new job as the CEO of a failing technology company, he discovers that Michael is one of his new employees.
While Michael is desperate for another night with Sam, he knows he shouldn’t get involved with his boss, let alone another man who can’t accept who he is. But as they’re forced to work together to save the company, the desire sparking between them becomes impossible to ignore…My Review:
I'll be honest, I went into this book not knowing this author's writing and expecting it to be "okay"...OMG, I was so wrong. This book was phenomenal. Something about the story line and these two men just resonated with me and I really loved their story.
The book begins at the vacation destination of Curacao with Michael who hasn't been able to find anyone to pique his interest the entire time he's been there although he's had plenty of offers. He's pretty much given up on getting laid this vacation when Sam walks through the door in his suit, looking a bit beat down by life. Michael's interest is piqued and they have an incredibly hot night...until Michael has to leave the next day.
He never expects to see Sam again, so it's a shock when Sam is heading up the team taking over the company Michael began and subsequently lost because he slept with the wrong guy. Not a great way to start their working relationship especially since Sam is the new CEO, in charge of Michael. That part of the story line isn't all that new...I happen to love "one-night-stands who come back to haunt the mc's" trope. But this one had so much more to it. The company is a tech company that's been in the middle of corporate political mechanisms for way too long. Michael has been there from the very beginning and is trying to do everything he can to protect the company and his people.
Sam isn't a normal suit...it's not all about the bottom-line for him, like most corporate types. He honestly wants to make the company better which is why he's so good at his job. He also maintains the respect from his peers because of it...and the fact that he's never come out of the closet. He's very aware that if he does so, he can kiss his career that he loves and is good at goodbye. There are deep story lines for both characters and I loved all that backstory and their conflict. There's no winning here...for either of them if their relationship is revealed.
The corporate story line worked for me and I'm totally clueless when it comes to tech or the corporate world, but I loved all the intrigue and political mechanisms and just how the entire story unfolded within those parameters. It was just a good book all the way around.
One note...I know some readers have issues with BDSM and there's nothing in the story description that hints at this, but this book does have some incredibly sexy BDSM scenes in it. I'm talking hot...seriously, these scenes were fantastic and so darn sexy. But if that's a hot button for you, then just be aware.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.