I hope it’s been a great weekend so far! Today I’m excited to share in the release blitz for Corporate Bodies by AE Ryecart. This was a sweet read I really enjoyed! I hope you’ll check out my review and don’t miss the awesome GIVEAWAY at the end of the post
Length: 86,500 words
Urban Love Series
When professional turns personal, it’s too late to step back. . .
Smart, young and ambitious, the future’s bright for Jake Stafford—except for his addiction to a man he should have turned his back on years before. When he receives news that forces him to re-evaluate his life, Jake has to kick his habit and go cold turkey for good.
When Oliver Lester walks out on his life in New York and returns to London after an absence of more than twenty years, the biggest piece of baggage he brings back is a broken heart. Powerful and sought after, Oliver is a man whose corporate reputation goes before him but as he stares into his future he sees nothing but work-filled days and empty, lonely nights.
Free of long-term relationships which have left them disillusioned and cynical, neither man is looking to risk his heart. But an invitation to dinner leads to more, and Jake and Oliver find themselves swept up in an affair neither is seeking. Crossing the line and breaking all the rules, both men come to learn what it is to feel whole and complete as they begin to fall in love.
But the past has one final trick up its sleeve. An uninvited guest, a violent confrontation and the fear history is repeating itself leaves them reeling.
As the future they promised each other hangs in the balance, Jake and Oliver are faced with a stark question: can they find the strength to destroy the past before the past destroys them?
I really enjoyed this story! The characters, the setting and their journey all grabbed my attention right from the very beginning. Jake and Oliver are both great men but are a little broken after having recently come out of some rough-ending relationships. They aren’t the most likely pair, there’s a bit of an age difference and they work together, but there are definite sparks right from the moment they meet. Their journey together isn’t about just finding true love but actually keeping it.
I loved both Jake and Oliver from the start, these two really connected with my heart. Both men have experienced pain from the end of a relationship and both are a little leery about giving their heart away, but it seems like they just can’t prevent it from happening. These two are so wonderful together and to each other. It’s not all easy though, Jake and Ollie have to prove and believe that they truly are over their exes and ready for a new forever. Those beliefs get challenged and there are new hurts, but it’s all about earning that real HEA.
I really felt like I got to know these two, understanding their reasonings for what they did and how they felt. It didn’t make the rough times easier though. I really felt for what both Jake and Ollie dealt with and could see and feel both sides. I loved the way that came across in this book and it really made their story feel whole. From beginning to end, this book held my attention and had my heart rooting for Jake and Ollie. Despite their age difference, complications from work, one demented ex and even some well meaning but meddling friends, I wanted these two to be happy. I loved the way it all came together and made each of these men stronger.
I can definitely recommend this book and really look forward to more from this author!
*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book for The Geekery Book Review.
A E Ryecart writes mm romance/gay fiction about complex, multi-faceted men who don’t always make the right decisions. Filled with angst, high drama and emotional tension, she writes the books she likes to read. An avid people watcher, most of her writing takes place in a local café amidst the background hum of hissing coffee machines, where she can check out the other customers for character and story inspiration!
A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action.
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