I have to say I truly enjoyed this story. It's the first book I've read of Cameron Vale's and it definitely pushed all the buttons I like in a book. Entertaining, sexy, damn funny, wonderful scenery painting pictures in your mind, and overall, the two incredibly different characters of two very strong, intelligent men squaring up to each other.
Jon Ellerman is a rich and successful businessman looking for a new clothing line for the business he shares with his business partner, Stan. He's a player, a man who tries not to take his love affairs seriously and totally unprepared for the entity that is Danny. Danny is a tattooed, sexy, irreverent, annoying but delicious morsel that Jon cannot get enough of.
I love the first description of the incredibly adorable Danny.
Standing across the room, glaring directly at him with hand on hip, is the tallest, thinnest, big-eyed, wild-haired street urchin Jon has ever seen.
It sets the scene so well for the persona that will become Danny, and that excellent description just had me dying to learn more about this enfant terrible of the Parisian fashion circuit.
I loved that the interchange between the two is the restaurant where they first have the first 'date'. Jon is taken aback at Danny's very forward attitude. He asks Danny,
"Tell me, are you always such a tart?"
Seemingly unperturbed at Jon's barbed comment, Danny lets his other hand drift down to tug his shirt aside, exposing his tattooed nipple.
"Hundred percent Bakewell, mate. I come from a long line of tarts. My lot have been tarting since the Middle Ages. So now that you've fed me, where do you want to fuck me? Your place or mine?"
For those of you who don't know, a Bakewell tart here in the UK is a exactly that--a pastry tart with icing and cherries on top and quite a treat. I've no idea why it's called Bakewell, maybe after the person that first made it or maybe simply because 'it bakes well'. No idea.
This book is beautifully written, although the typically English dialogue might make some people raise a brow or two. But for me, it belonged with Danny, made him who he was. Someone with very hidden depths, as you'll find out. There's a lot more to Danny than meets the eye. Jon and Danny's relationship develops to one of Master and sub, one that unfortunately has some serious consequences leading Danny to give Jon the boot. It leads to a bit of a change in plan with Jon's partner Stan having to step up to the plate to help the couple out. I won't say too much as I don't want to spoil the story.
The only criticism I have is that the story was too short and I'd really like to find out more what happened next when Stan steps in. Highly recommended if you like a bit of fun, a moving story of two men coming to grips with each other (in many ways) and the old adage that 'opposites attract' definitely fits well with Jon and Danny's romance.