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by Jane Davitt
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
Description: Simon Weatherly is recovering from a bad break up with his boyfriend Luke and in a rut. A knock at the door brings Chris Ross into his life, a man who, like him, was involved with Luke, both as his employee and lover. Cheated of his wages, Chris has taken a valuable book from Luke, which he offers to sell to Simon, a collector, an offer Simon accepts without realising the consequences. In the days that follow, debts are repaid and Simon and Chris discover that they share more than just an ex; they're a matched pair, one seeking control and one wanting to give it up.
eBook Publisher: Total-e-bound, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: June 2010
27 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [91 KB]
Reading time: 52-73 min.
"I will admit that Bound Together was the first audio book I have ever reviewed...the narrator's voice was perfect for Chris and Simon while Jane Davitt created a book that engages the reader's attention. Bound Together will take you wonderfully along the highs and lows that happen during the first stage of a relationship." -Joyfully Reviewed
Simon studied the binding on the book he held and sighed. Shredded beyond repair on the spine and the cover was spotted with damp. He opened it carefully and ran a gloved finger down one badly foxed page, smiling as he caught a familiar sentence or two. Kidnapped had been one of his favourite books as a child.
With a final, friendly pat, he set the book aside and took out another from the box on the floor, enjoying the flash of anticipation. He'd bought the box the day before at an auction sale, contents unseen. Lot 399, assorted children's books. They could have been dog-eared copies of abridged Enid Blyton paperbacks; they might have been something collectable by Brent-Dyer or Oxenham, tales of girls at boarding schools, not to his own taste, but they'd be greeted eagerly by some people he knew.
Or they might have been much older as was the case here, much-loved, often-read, but stored in appalling conditions and really, virtually worthless.
It didn't matter. He treated himself to one of these grab bags from time to time after the serious bidding was over; his reward for a tiring day making small talk with fellow book collectors. His work at the British Library, one of the team dealing with keeping the books in as perfect condition as possible, meant that his professional life and his hobby flowed into each other. Sometimes it got a little too much and he needed to remind himself that collecting books was something he enjoyed.
He put the book he held back into the box without identifying it, suddenly restless. Spring had come to London in a flurry of flowers and rain and the air smelled faintly of something other than exhaust fumes and the exhaled breath of too many people.
Simon found his thoughts turning to Mole, who had felt a similar distaste for the mundane and left his home to find the river and Ratty. The river didn't appeal, but going out for a drink did, even if it was Monday and most places would be dead. And if he ended the night in a hotel room somewhere, smiling at a stranger whose name he wouldn't bother to remember in the morning, well, that was another form of treat and it had been too long since he'd indulged himself.