Brian is an unemployed 30-ish gay man, who relocated to Miami's South Beach as a change from his dead-end work history, and - hopefully - find a Mr. Right among the oh-so-wrong beauties in that diverse gay community. His BFF, Stella (a model), gives him a job lead at GayLife.Com, a start-up company looking to debut the ultimate gay website for the community. Brian is immediately in lust with Nick, the big boss, but knows that Nick is partnered with Paavo, a hunky supermodel who makes Brian look like a waste of skin by comparison. Reluctantly, Brian takes the job as Nick's assistant, using the time-consuming nature of the work to cope with the frustration of being so close, yet so distant, from his boss. A series of internet hook-ups do little to help, but Brian takes some comfort in knowing that his hard work and dedication is helping Nick (and Paavo, who is an investor in the business) make their site successful. A subsequent revelation gives Brian new hope, but soon an unexpected event, right before the site's IPO (stock offering), threatens to separate him from his job as well as Nick's friendship.
Author Plakcy is best known for his Hawaii-based wonderful "Mahu" series of crime mysteries, but he lives in Miami and that connection is obvious in the realistic local flavor of this deliciously-layered "coming of age"/romance novel. The relatable characters seem to leap off the page, with even minor players (such as Brian's family in NYC) creatively managed. Excellent escapist read, which I will give a full five Sobe stars out of five!