Author Name & Publisher: Chris T. Kat (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date: June 1, 2016
Blair Clark has reached his breaking point. Forced to leave one job because of sexual harassment, he’s having difficulty finding another. Since no one believes what happened, Blair’s left with a stain on his employment record that he can’t get rid of. He’s had to move back home with his mother. As if that’s not bad enough, he realizes his crush, Travis, is simply using him. His romantic life looks as hopeless as his job search.
Jack Ross is sure he’ll never find anyone who’ll love him for who he is. All anyone sees is the port-wine stain on his left cheek—not the man behind it. Even his mother thinks he should get rid of it. But the procedure is difficult and painful.
When Blair applies for a secretarial position with Jack’s firm, both men learn that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. It’ll take a lot of trust to chase away their insecurities, but if they take a chance on one another, love will find a way.
It is so sad that some people find it ok that they treat people like they are less than that should be treated.
Jack is used to being treated differently because of the birth mark that is in his face but even though he is used to I think that it still hurts him to know that most people look at him and see that instead of what is inside which is an extremely generous, loving, caring man. When he meets Blaire I think he was instantly attracted to him but he worried he would be like everyone else and find him lacking because of his looks and because he was not a dominant individual in bed. You can feel his insecurities when it comes to wanting to know how Blaire truly feels about him but tried not to let it show.
Blaire in my opinion does not have a high opinion of himself because he has been beat down by so many people because of his looks and because he is gay. Blaire is tiny and not butch like other men so he is very insecure where that is concerned but once he meets Jack, he soon finds out he doesn’t need to worry about that because like Blaire, Jack falls in love with Blaire for the man that he is and not what some people dictate him to be.
These two men could not be more perfect for one if they tried to be. They just have this sweet love for one another that makes you smile. I really enjoyed reading this book and hope others do too.
I read a few books by this author and although this was good it certainly wasn’t her best work. When you read the blurb that exactly what happens. No surprises and I typically like some surprises in my reading. I felt that the character development was lacking. The plot had the potential to be something amazing but it just seems to fall flat. However as it was a novella it was a quick read and I did enjoy meeting these two men. I was glad to see that both men were able to find someone who seemed to be a perfect fit for them.
This book wasn’t very long. The blurb tells you what the story is going to be about in a nutshell. What it doesn’t tell you is that it mostly focuses on Blair’s troubled past, his previous job he lost, his friend with benefits, Travis, who is a total jerk and it’s mostly depressing as hell to read. Most of the book Blair and Jack go to lunch every day, nothing happens between them then Travis decides to be a douche bag and then all of the sudden Jack and Blair are boyfriends. I would have liked to see more of Jack and Blair and less of the drama with Travis. It was just ok for me.
Blair’s need for a job lands him in the office of the man he fell into at a bar. He immediately knows after that incident he’ll never get the job as Jack’s secretary. Blair’s self-esteem and self-confidence are low after many failed job interviews. Because of this, he’s sure he’ll never get this job.
Because of his attraction to Blair, Jack isn’t sure he’ll be able to work alongside him on a daily basis. Jack’s self-esteem is low because he has a birth mark on the left cheek of face. He’s sure he’ll never find someone who can see past the purple mark and just notice him.
When he finally hires Blair, that’s when the trouble begins. Blair’s past catches up to him and before they know it, Blair and Jack must fight to keep the damage to a minimum.
This is a good, interesting story overall and a nice quick read. It would have been nice to get Jack’s POV and Blair was a bit wussy to me, but still an okay read.
“Can’t I?” I gazed into Travis’s brown eyes, the same eyes I dreamed about at night. In those dreams they were filled with love, but when I looked now, I only saw cruelty, arrogance, and something more, something darker I didn’t want to think about.
“No.” Travis snatched my chin, held it tightly between his big fingers and forced me to keep perfectly still. “No, you can’t. Choose a manly job and they’ll stop. Keep flaunting your sexuality and that’s what they’ll do.”
“Flaunting my sexuality? What’s that got to do with my job?”
“You’re a secretary, for fuck’s sake. It’s a woman’s job. Now stop adding fuel to the fire and cowboy up.” Travis’s voice remained low but it held an angry edge to it, one I recognized well.
I dropped my gaze, and a moment later Travis let go of my chin. Breathing out a sigh of relief, I winced when another guy asked, “Having trouble keeping the fairy in line?”
“Are you kidding?” Travis replied, puffing up his chest.
Enough was enough. I bolted up, ready to leave, when a big hand clamped on my arm. I tugged, but the grip tightened. Anxiety blossomed into fear, especially when the table dropped into sudden silence.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Travis hissed.
My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, making it impossible for me to answer. What the hell was wrong with me? Why had I pursued Travis for so many months? Just because of his looks? Sure, he was hot, and exactly how I liked my men—big, fair-haired, and brown-eyed. But there was no love lost between us. Travis would never come out as gay, even though he liked to fool around with me whenever it was convenient for him.
“Blair, sit your ass down again, you’re attracting attention.”
When Travis pulled at my arm with more force, I planted my feet. I didn’t anticipate Travis letting go all of a sudden, leaving me to stumble backward. I crashed into someone behind me, taking us both to the ground.
Rolling to my knees and away from whomever I’d thrown, I apologized, “I’m so sorry. Did I hurt you?”
Heat flooded my cheeks as embarrassment swept over me. Holding out a hand for the guy I’d tripped, I recoiled when the man sat up, revealing his face. A gasp tumbled over my lips and I stared openmouthed. The skin of the man’s left side was stained in red, giving him a slightly scary appearance, as if he’d been badly burnt.
“I’m fine,” the man said, his brows creasing in a frown. Obviously he’d seen my reaction and wasn’t too thrilled about it.
I couldn’t help but stare even more. The man’s dark blue eyes bore right into me, daring me to say anything. The stained skin drew my attention, no matter how hard I tried to look elsewhere. It looked so painful, a large blotch of red that started below the man’s eye, covered his whole cheek, and tapered out at his jawline.
“It’s not contagious, if that’s what you’re afraid of,” the man said in an icy tone. He rose in one fluid motion, holding out his hand for me to… to what? Help me up? Why would he do that?
I eyed the outstretched hand, hating myself for the fear coursing through me. Just when I was about to take the man up on the offer, two big hands grabbed my waist and hoisted me to my feet.
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.