- Loose Id
- Release Date
- June 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ
Richard Lynch is a 50-something executive with an ex-wife he's still hung up on and a son in grad school who only calls when he wants something. In his professional life, Richard's successful and in control, but his personal life consists of little more than sitting down in front of the television set at seven and being in bed by nine.
Then he meets his son Kyle's best friend and roommate, Paul Watkins, the handsome gay son of a former rockstar. Richard's bland, predictable world is thrown into chaos by Paul's sweetly determined pursuit of him. To some Richard's new lease on life seems like a mid-life crisis and Paul's infatuation seems motivated by daddy issues, but to Richard, Paul is his chance to explore a part of himself he's kept buried all his life. With friends, family, and their pasts threatening to keep them apart, what will it take for each to become the other's man?
Aug 09, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
158 people found the following review helpful
I'LL BE YOUR MAN is a story about two men who were disappointed and let down by others. Always struggling on their own and pushing through life filled with loneliness and heartache, they are surprised and reluctant to give more of themselves to someone else.
Richard is an older man pining for his ex-wife and has been for years. He kept expecting her to stop sleeping with others and come back to him. While those were nothing but pipe dreams, in all that time Richard's life stood still. His main focuses were his son Kyle and his work. But when he meets Paul, Kyle's best friend and roommate, certain desires come to the surface. It doesn't hurt that Paul is more mature than his age might insinuate and that he has a heart perfectly matching Richard's.
Now Paul is a young man who's been through a lot. With a father who was nothing but a bad influence and the source of Paul's highly developed distrust, he wants some stability in his life, someone who would love him and someone he could love back. While he sees all that in Richard, his hang-ups can't disappear overnight but he's more than willing to try.
While everyone seems to be against them, the attraction can't be denied and the love they feel for each other is just too strong to give up on.
The age difference is something I love in books. It makes the whole situation more interesting and the conflicts are more often intriguing than not. In this story, it was really written well and not once through the pages did I think how the two aren't really fitting for each other.
Both characters were really likeable and original in their own way, but it was the son, Kyle, who brought in that bit of spark. His energy and behavior, while irresponsible, was very refreshing in the sea of ‘goodies' and I for one really liked him.
The story didn't drag at any point and I read it from the beginning to the end with genuine interest. There are no complications or plot fillers, just a simple story about two men who don't fit a certain mold and who struggle through their own thoughts as much as they do through other's condemnation.
My two remarks, and the reasons why this is a four star read for me and not a five, are about the sweetness and repetition. I like characters who are realistic, and I like my books that way too. When they cry too much or break down constantly, it's off putting. I agree it is often sweet and romantic even, but here, it was a tad too much. As for repetition, certain conversations repeated themselves and could have easily been cut out of the story. There is only a certain number of times one wants to read about the same thing, and I wish it was written differently here.
Remarks aside, this is a great read and the authors have done a wonderful job in making it approachable, interesting and quite satisfying.
Disclaimer: The reviewer is also published with Loose Id.
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