Keeping House

Lee Brazil
Keeping House
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Publisher
Breathless Press
Release Date
May 2011
ISBN
9781926930466
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Donovan Holloway, advertising executive, newly made vice president of the company where he's worked for twenty years, grew up in a free love hippie commune, taking care of the parents who should have been taking care of him. He's worked hard to put himself through school and achieve the American dream. All he's ever wanted was a normal family life—house in the suburbs, two cars, two kids, a shaggy dog. A family to come home to—to care for, and to care for him.

Mischa Blake is the green eyed, liberally-pierced, black-haired, Mohawk-wearing spoiled youngest son of a Hollywood producer and his actress wife. Mischa has made a terrible mistake. In a fit of childish pique, he's accepted a dare from his older brothers. The dare? Live on his own, supporting himself completely for a year without accessing his trust fund. No problem. Except Mischa has never worked a day in his life, hasn't finished college, and has absolutely no skills that he can bring to the table.

So when he sees Donovan's ad for a housekeeper/gardener, he has nothing to lose by applying, because really...how hard can it be?

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Aug 15, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
KEEPING HOUSE is the first story I have read by Lee Brazil. I have had the pleasure of interacting with her on Facebook and have grown to love her personality, but to read her novella, to spend time getting to know Donovan Holloway and Mischa Blake was a real treat.

Mischa is a character who is full and deep. He is a free spirit. In many ways, when we first meet him, he seems like a bit of a spoiled brat; a trust-find baby. Tormented by his older brothers who want him to enter into the family business, he wishes nothing more than to be left alone to live his own life the way he pleases. When his brothers make a bet with him that he can't last a year holding down a job and supporting himself without his monthly allowance from his trust fund, Mischa defiantly accepts the challenge.

At first, looking for a job is challenging, but then he stumbles upon a job taking care of Donovan Holloway's house. Donovan has made his own success and money. He grew up taking care of his parents rather than the other way around and had to grow up too fast. Along the way, he had also learned not to trust. To wonder whether people were genuine or after the material comforts he could offer them.

When Donovan and Mischa meet, the chemistry is immediate and powerful. Each is wary to jump into anything, dealing with skeletons from their proverbial closets. What unfolds is a magnificent story of soul searching, finding love, and claiming one's identity.

What I enjoyed about this story was the gradual unfolding of emotions. I loved watching the two men grapple with their own demons so they could allow someone else in past their guards. Admittedly, Donovan has a thicker wall around him than Mischa, his issues stemming from deep-rooted hurt from his childhood. Mischa's struggle was more one of self-discovery. He was swimming in money prior to the story, so we watch as he figures out who his real friends and what his true feelings are. As each opens up, their feelings bind together and their love blossoms.

With that said, there were a few things which distracted me. Primarily, there were a few things which needed to be accepted without being fully developed. Given the nature of writing novellas, this is hard to avoid. The immediate love was one of those things as was the degree to which Mischa's brothers seemed to dominate his life. A twist surrounding his brothers reveals itself later on in the story, which also requires a bit of blind acceptance.

Overall, KEEPING HOUSE was an exquisite journey of two men as they grappled with their own issues to come together and then, as a team, did what was necessary for others to accept them as a couple. Well worth reading.
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