Monday, November 14, 2016

Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox

Title: Blank Spaces
Author: Cass Lennox
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Toronto Connections #1
Main Characters: Vaughn and Jonah
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Absence is as crucial as presence.

The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave’s life infinitely simpler: he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves. That’s all he really needs, especially since sex isn’t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection. But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision.

Jonah wants his men like his coffee: hot, intense, and daily. But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn’t do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer. No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is.

When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock. Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences. Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work—right? Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them.
My Review:
Aww...this much love for this story and these guys...who are such complete opposites it's hard to see how they can possibly make this work. Vaughn is asexual and Jonah is quite the opposite. In fact, I'd almost hazard to say that Jonah is the male version of a nymphomaniac. He has sex...a lot of it...and truly can't live without it. Vaughn comes from money...a lot of it. Jonah is a product of the foster system. But they're drawn to one another and become friends...friends who know they aren't sexually compatible...even though they're attracted to one another. 

It's a hard book...just because things are so impossible between them, but it's also so good for exactly that same reason. I loved these two guys together. Even when they're hurting by being close, they know that they are better together. And they truly are better together. They both have hangups and stresses that are eased when the other is close by. But that doesn't change how different the two are. 

I had an idea of where the book was going and I was right, but I enjoyed every single minute of getting there. It was interesting diving into Vaughn's art world...from the gallery to his own creation of art. I liked their very different groups of friends and the dynamics within them. I just enjoyed all the time I spent reading this one. It was my first book I've read by this author and I think she has a great voice. I look forward to more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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