Doubtless

Cat Grant
Doubtless
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Publisher
Riptide Publishing
Release Date
July 2012
ISBN
2940014596794
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
On the surface, Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country's top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he's restless and dissatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.

A chance meeting with a handsome escort lifts Steve's spirits and opens his eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men—and his love for his best friend and business partner, Connor Morrison.

Connor might've loved Steve like that once, but now it's too late for their happily ever after; Connor's about to ask his boyfriend to marry him. Fortunately, it's never too late to learn about yourself, and maybe Steve can find a happy ending on his own.

Book Review by Lana A (reviewer)
Sep 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
DOUBTLESS is another of Cat Grant's masterpieces; it won't let you go easily and one definitely wants to read more about the characters of this book. For all the people who have read Priceless, it's the long-awaited story of the 3-D optics researcher Steve and his way to finding his own happiness.

Steve seems to have a good life; he is successful in his job, has money, a nice house and can work with his best friend. Just that his love life is not as successful but then again it was his fault for not telling said best friend, Connor, that he was in love with him. Also it might not have been his best idea to gift the former mentioned love interest a rentboy as a birthday gift, than again who would have thought Connor would end as a couple with said rentboy? But Steve is not gay, right!?

I thought Steve was an interesting character and I could feel for him, because his life hasn't always been nice and he is clearly lonely, and there are no friends mentioned besides Connor. One of his best dates is with a male escort, Dylan, that he meets in a bar after some unsuccessful attempts at picking up women. So, one does feel sorry for Steve—unrequited love and his best friend getting married. All his other interactions in his free time are spent with Dylan and Steve pays for his company and that is sad.

It was hard to rate this book, not because I didn't like it, because I did! The writing is excellent, the story flows nicely and is interesting, and has balanced dialogues. Even for a short story, it had some character development in it. I liked the characters, one could connect with them and there was no instant love or overuse of sex scenes. All in all, this book had the possibility to be a keeper. Why did I say it's hard to rate?

Mostly because it felt like I had a prologue of a story and I was missing the rest and that is not satisfying, especially with no follow up story out there at this time. While left wanting more is nice and a mark of a good book, and again, what there is of this story is really good, with interesting developments and a few surprises but I ended up staring at my ereader in disbelief: Where was the rest?

That said, I should warn you this is not a romance per se, as it deals with Steve making peace with his sexuality and dealing with his unrequited love.
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