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Looking For Home: M/M Romance (More Than Friends) (Volume 9) Paperback – August 13, 2015
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I am a huge fan of Aria Grace. I like her writing style and have read and enjoyed many of her books. For some reason, I missed this one and i found out why: "rent boy" as a MC. I tend to steer clear of the "rent boy genre but this is Aria Grace; so I carried on. I loved it. I met Georgie from another book and I fell in love with him all over again. I thought YEA a happy ending for him. Georgie is a high end rent boy; a bit flamboyant, and Evan, a bit of a recluse in the dating scene due to a bad breakup two years ago. They meet at party by mutual friends and the sparks fly. A miscommunication between Evan and Georgie could have nipped the sparks in the bud had they not decided to "trust" one another and not let preconceptions hinder them in finding their HEA and their second chance at love. This was a delightful, engaging and entertaining read.I have not read this series in order but reading prior books enriched this story. I ended up buying my copy to complete the series.
I really enjoyed this book! I love Georgie - he is a hoot! I was totally anxious to read this book when I read the summary and just 1 previous review. I didn't want to stop reading but life made me, darn it!
I have not read any of the previous books in this series but as the summary mentions, you really don't have to, although I wish I had simply because THIS book was so great.
As I said, Georgie is a hoot, and just adorable. He pouts, he whines, he cuddles, and he is looking for love. Since Georgie is an "escort" for Paddles (a high class brothel?), he is paid to have sex (or sometimes just BJ's) with wealthy men who are either married or too afraid to come out as gay. This is not his long term career choice and he has a five year plan - escort for a while longer so he can save enough $$ to become a clothing designer. This is what we - the reader - is led to believe to be Georgie's DREAM. This is why he is having sex with these men so he can become a famous fashion designer. I am emphasizing this for a reason, which you will find out why later.
There is a scene where he has sex with a client, which I liked because it showed how distanced he really is from the encounter, not to say he wasn't participating, but we can hear his internal dialogue which really helps the reader understand where he is at mentally.
He doesn't seem to mind his job as a prostitute and as he says himself, he does get some enjoyment from these encounters, but not always. And this is why Georgie is looking for a man all his own, one who doesn't pay him for sex, someone who will cuddle and be there for him in his old age (when he needs his diaper changed, LOL!) He thought he had found this in one of his clients, who promised him he would leave his wife and they would be together. I could NOT believe that Georgie was that naïve. Really? He fell for that? I had a hard time believing Georgie was that - I hate to say stupid, but... Maybe deep down he didn't, don't know, but when the man breaks things off with Georgie and tells him he is moving out of state, Georgie is very sad and angry and depressed because he thinks he will never find love. He has seen all his friends find love (assume those are the previous books to this series) and he wants his.
Enter Evan, a truck driver who hauls potatoes from one state to another 3 days of the week. Evan is still working on getting over his break-up with the ex who went to Hollywood to become famous. He too is looking for someone he can grow old with, someone to love and be loved by. You can tell this is fiction because he is a "ripped" truck driver, LOL, exercising, lifting weights, etc... So he is in great shape, and we read about an encounter he has in the gym shower, very nice, steamy.
Evan is basically forced to attend a New Year's Eve party by his friends, and there he meets Georgie, and he is really drawn to him. At first because he reminds him (from the back) of his ex, but when he is introduced to him after stalking him at the party, he forgets about his ex and is just drawn to Georgie for himself. He has no idea that Georgie is a prostitute, and Georgie thinks he DOES know - predictable, but hey, I liked it.
They flirt and dance and talk at the party (it's not just a party but I'm not giving it away in case you've read the other's in series), and through circumstances, Georgie becomes depressed because he sees his coupled friends and remembers he has no one. Evan flirts his way up to the roof with Georgie where they proceed to give each other some pretty good BJ's. But when Evan asks to see him again, Georgie's goes into full pout/self destructive mode and tells him flippantly to book him through his service; the first one's free.
Evan is shocked, as you can imagine, and when Georgie realizes Evan didn't know what he did for a living, he still doesn't back down because who could ever really love him as a prostitute?
Their friends once again intervene and they both try again through texting (since Evan is on the road working). I liked this part of the story. It's really relevant to life now since people hardly ever talk anymore, it's all electronic. Evan is able to text while driving because he can speak his answers into his phone and hear Georgie's replies out loud. They grow closer during this time (3 days) and make arrangements to get together again in person.
As the days go on they continue to grow closer to each other. Georgie, meanwhile, has been waiting to hear back from a fashion show about "interning" for a designer for 2 weeks in NY. He finally hears back that he has been accepted from 100's of applicants and he is ecstatic. When they both realize that Georgie will be leaving town soon, they both step up their game and have sex for the first time. Then cut! What? Really? That's all we get and boom, it's time for Georgie to leave? I did NOT like that part. I wanted to read about them having more sex, I wanted to read about Georgie being with his clients now that he's with Evan. I really, really, really, wanted to read how Georgie handled those encounters, and I wanted to read about Evan's reaction when he understands that Georgie has just been with a client. I wanted to hear their discussions about how they handle this. But we don't get that and I felt cheated. There really should have been more than just sex for the first time to Georgie leaving for NY.
Anyway, Georgie goes to NY with some of his own creations to show off, he meets his Designer Boss God. He is really busy in NY preparing for the fashion show so his communication with Evan is usually brief. We learn that Georgie is not as enamored with NY and fashion as he thought he would be and when his designs are put down by other designers, and he's told he has no talent, he is devastated and ready to quit. I can't seem to stop saying this, but - really? Georgie has dreamed of becoming a designer his WHOLE LIFE! This dream has consumed him and he is ready to just give up after a few criticisms? I didn't buy this aspect of the story. Be devastated yes, but then he should have been all screw you people I'm not quitting!
Georgie's Designer Boss tells him he does like his designs and can get him an interview with Project Runway person. And he tells him this while molesting Georgie in his town car. Yep the guys a perv and wants sex, which thank God Georgie doesn't fall for (unlike when he believed his client was going to leave his wife) and gets out of the car and quits the job in NY, running home to Evan.
I am leaving out a part to the plot because frankly in my opinion, it didn't add anything to the story and I feel that there were other ways the author could have added more "story" to the story by doing what I wanted, haha!
Evan and Georgie reunite, sing kumbaya, HEA. This was a disappointing ending. Georgie moves in with Evan, there is no more mention of Georgie wanting to pursue fashion, which hello? Was his dream, but I guess no more since he didn't like those people, they were mean.
I need to say again, that I really liked this story and I plan to read the rest in the series. The author writes well and I thought the characters were very well done and in fact, I was surprised at how aggressive Evan was written, in a very good way. I would have though Evan would be intimidated by the fact that Georgie is a professional in sex, but he's not. He totally goes for it and takes what he wants, no shy bone in Evan's body. Go Evan!
I just wish there had been a little more substance to some parts of the plot, but I made up for what was missing by making it up in my head. I would recommend this story to others as a good fun read which will make you laugh, smile and have a few heart twists too.
Thanks Aria for allowing me to read this book!
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book that I received directly from the author.
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