Author Name & Publisher: Kim Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 13, 2013 – 98 Pages
When Nicky Hauser walks in on his restaurant-owner boyfriend having sex with a waiter, Nicky loses his lover, his job, and his home all in one night. Although he’s nearly thirty, he’s never settled on a true career, and he has nothing to show for his years with Tom. Depressed and unable to find work, Nicky ends up couch-surfing with friends until he lands a house-sitting gig for a wealthy family.
When Nicky’s clients discover that he loves to clean, demand for his services skyrockets. Word of mouth leads him to Spencer Cartwright, a busy computer consultant and a slob. Spencer and his wife divorced when he came out, but he’s never found the time or courage to settle down with a man. As Nicky sets Spencer’s house to rights, the two men find friendship. But Nicky’s past experiences make him wary of risking everything on love.
This was short and sweet, a cozy afternoon read. The characters are likable, and the story flows smoothly.
There’s really not much to say about it, which surprises me. I usually like Kim Fielding’s writing because it has so much depth. This story felt pretty much like most other contemporary romance shorts–there isn’t anything that stands out about it. It’s a fairly fluffy story about a meet-cute and a friendship that becomes love.
I was surprised, actually, that there wasn’t more about the concerning habit Nicky seems to have with being employed by his lover. I kept waiting for that to come up in a bigger way than Nicky’s lack of trust because of Tom’s behavior. “I won’t date my boss because my last boss/lover cheated on me” seems like the least important reason to avoid dating the person you work for, especially given that he was Spencer’s live-in housekeeper. I was surprised there’s never any exploration of that subject.
The falling in love part seemed a bit rushed to me. It was a lot of telling us Nicky and Spencer’s friendship is expanding but very little showing us how it happens. This is surprising, given how the beginning of the story is so detailed and powerful. I wish we could see more of Nicky’s changing feelings or his tension and worry.
Overall, it’s really well-written, it just didn’t do a whole lot for me. I liked it but didn’t love it. I think fans of this type of story (sweet, fluffy, very little angst) will love it, as it’s an excellent example of that kind of tale.
This review is for the audiobook, read by K.C. Kelly.
This is a light and heartwarming story, beautifully read. This is not one of my favorite books by Kim Fielding, but I still enjoyed it very much.
As Nicky is forced to make some drastic changes in his life, he faces the issues of what it means to grow up, have a career, home, love and family. All these issues are dealt with well as we get to know and love Nicky. Spencer and Nicky’s romance is more in the background as the focus is more on Nicky’s journey. But their romance is sweet, as Spencer learns to let go and Nicky learns to trust again. There is more focus on romance than sex in this story.
I recommend with for anyone looking for a fun story about starting over.
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.
All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.