Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center - even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss's office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.
Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery's friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more - a secret that might destroy both of their careers.
But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.
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Great narration of a brilliant book
I love the print version of this but the audio really brings Avery to life, and oddly, the less-lively Malin to life too. I love this and will definitely relisten.
There's no doubt that Avery is the centrepiece of the book. We get not only his interactions with the other characters, but also a lot about how he views these interactions and the people around him. You get a sense of endearing sweetness, a little bit of need, a ton of funny, but also that he's strong and independent.
He nails Avery pretty well - and whilst I prefer reading, the audio is great and is perfect for driving, running etc.
This is one of my favourite books - it's an unusual love tale, engagingly funny but not at all filled with fluff. This was more about an exploration of the MCs wants and needs with a bit of BDSM/fair bit of kink thrown in but oddly that didn't overpower the story at all, and it remained an unwaveringly honest read.
- Becky L