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by Katrina Strauss
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Gay Fiction
Description: Tony is newly single, lonely, and stuck in the past. When he grabs a late-night meal at an old haunt, his trip down memory lane is derailed by gorgeous waiter Josh. Tony sees a chance for a fresh start with the twenty-one-year-old, but worries chasing a man half his age will lead to heartache. It's hard to resist when Josh intrigues Tony on an intellectual level--and fires the landscaper's libido hotter than the Arizona desert they call home.
Josh has goals. Digital design student by day, he waits tables at night, but his true dream is to paint. When he falls for Tony, he starts to rethink his plans and how the sexy older man might fit into them. But Tony's recovering from a failed relationship, one that lasted nearly as long as Josh has been alive, and Josh must prove that in spite of his age and inexperience, his feelings are sincere.
As the desert nights heat up, Tony and Josh explore possibilities both in and out of the bedroom, but when each man faces a difficult choice, they must decide on the future. Whether that future is together, or separate, is a matter of reason versus the heart.
Genres: Gay / Contemporary
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: July 2011
9 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [228 KB]
Reading time: 138-194 min.
"4.5 Nymphs!...The newest release by multi-published author Katrina Strauss and as usual, she's created two well-developed and likable characters in Josh and Tony...The unusual artistic medium of Josh's art work is nicely handled and the details and descriptions added great depth and interest to the story...A romance novel doesn't often deal with such a wide age gap, which happens frequently in real life, and Ms. Strauss has done it here with creativity, flair, understanding and sensuality I enjoyed...A sweet but passionate love story between two men of vastly differing ages and life experiences. It's fun, light-hearted, sexy and shows the importance of people, not ages. If you're looking for a well-crafted story with great details, a wonderful setting and two interesting guys years apart in age, I suggest that you give this simmering gem of a contemporary romance a try."--Mystical Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews
"5 Stars!...A superb May to December romance that manages to effectively address the age issue whilst also providing a wonderful, believable romance...I was spellbound and could barely manage to put the book down as I followed Josh and Tony's initial meet up and their slow path towards love...I liked how vividly the Sonoran setting is brought alive in the book. It's a part of the world I know little about, and I loved many of the incidental details, particularly in relation to Tony's job as a landscape gardener, which added to the richness of the setting. The landscape in particular, brought alive through Josh's paintings, was vibrant and I could see why both Josh and Tony were passionate about where they live...There were many other things I liked about the book, too, particularly in the secondary characters of Josh's friends and slacker Dylan, who deserves a whole book of his own, and the beautiful, hot-and-tender sex scenes that managed to blow your socks off whilst retaining a high romance quotient...This is one book that didn't disappoint and I can highly recommend it."--Jenre, Reviews By Jessewave
"I'm worse," Tony murmured, his lips inches from Josh's mouth. "I considered taking advantage of you while you were unconscious."
Josh tilted his face higher. "You can't take advantage of the willing."
"Is that so?" Their lips touched for the briefest moment, sparking a stream of adrenaline that fired Josh's nerves and jolted his senses. Suddenly wide awake, he felt his cock go hard.
Caught up in the rush, he tightened his fingers around the fabric of Tony's shirt and returned the kiss. At the feel of the older man's lips parting open, Josh gave a slip of the tongue. Tony's mouth tasted of wine and oregano, the sensual combination fueling Josh's hunger. He opened his own mouth wider, showing Tony he wanted more.
Tony met and matched the kiss, plunging his tongue deep with slow, languorous sweeps. Josh's head reeled, and a muffled groan escaped his throat. Savoring the moment, he slipped his hand up Tony's neck, combing his fingers through mussed-up hair that begged to be played with. He leaned back against the throw pillows, pulling Tony with him.
Their legs twined, and their crotches pressed together. Josh grunted at the hard bulge that crushed against his throbbing prick. Playing the tease, he gave a little thrust and grind, delighting in the swell and ebb of sensation that grew stronger with each second.
Tony broke the kiss with a gasp, then dived back in, kissing Josh harder. He raked one hand through Josh's hair and held there, their lips crushed together, tongues snaking with wild abandon. With his other hand, Tony reached for the coffee table and fumbled for the remote. The TV went silent, the room now filled with a chorus of muffled moans.