And The Survey Says... [MultiFormat]
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eBook by Karma Eastwick
eBook Category: Erotica/Exhibitionist-Voyeur Erotica/Gay Fiction
eBook Description: Project Director Zane Caldwell has a major problem--a charming, go-getter hotshot from Chicago named Ford Trionni, recently hired at Widdley Finch Inc., a Connecticut-based marketing research company. The man, whom the secretarial pool nicknamed "The Italian Stallion" based on his stunning good looks and sexual aura, has also gained the reputation of a superstar in the industry due to his innovative analytical techniques. The trouble is, the man wears his accolades like a badge on his lapel, strutting around the office like a peacock.
Ford's self-centered, lofty attitude drives Zane to utter distraction. Even worse, the man seems to know it, intentionally using his sizzling sex appeal to tie Zane's patience and libido into knots while giving off mixed messages of mutual attraction. But from what Zane can tell, Ford's already involved in an intense relationship with someone else, and the last thing Zane wants is to fall for a guy who not only treats him like a peon instead of an equal, but intends to make him a side dish to his current love affair.
Yet as he works with Ford on an important account, Zane begins to realize there's more to Ford than the man lets on, and all may not be what it seems. As the heat between them builds into an inferno despite their contrary work relationship, Zane vows to get to the bottom of Ford's confusing behavior once and for all. Is the man playing games with Zane's job and his heart, or is there a chance they might actually discover they're the perfect partners?
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Romantic Comedy / BDSM (Light) / Exhibitionism / Public Places
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Published: 2010
Fictionwise Release Date: May 2011
4 Reader Ratings:
"...I liked both Zane and Ford and the office romance storyline was entertaining. I also enjoyed the moments of humor throughout the story...Solid writing, well-drawn characters and an interesting storyline that includes a subject not often found in romance books, which to avoid spoiling the story for others I'm not revealing, made this an entertaining read."--Lily, Rainbow Reviews
"5 Stars!...Rarely does one find a story with laugh-out-loud character-driven humor, two likeable and sexy protagonists, scorching sexual encounters, and a touch of drama revolving around a subject matter I've never seen featured in a gay romance novel, all neatly bound in an extremely well-written package...The secondary characters are equally humorous, especially Mallory, Zane's efficient assistant and sparring partner, who pulls no punches when dealing with her lovable boss as he struggles to ride an emotional roller-coaster and fight his bad habits...The sensitivity the author uses in handling the unique subplot--the reason behind Ford's overall attitude and confusing behavior--is highly commendable, and the frank dialogue regarding recent political hot-button issues and accompanying hypocrisy gave the story additional realism...If you love office romances with hot M/M sex, along with witty dialogue and unique subplots while shedding a tear or two along the way, you won't want to miss this novel. By the final chapter I had fallen in love with both characters, and you may also...Fun and refreshing!"--Dan, Diamond D's
Wow, an admission of humanity. Could the impeccable "wonder kid" have a few foibles, a few quirks, like the rest of us mere mortals? Even now, he took off his suit coat and draped it over the back of a chair, and he actually rolled his shirt sleeves up to the elbows. The always-perfect superstar started to look like a regular guy. Would wonders never cease?
"You want some coffee or something before we delve into this?" I offered.
He shook his head and sat down, then looked me square in the eyes. "But I do have something to ask before we begin."
"Are you married?"
The blunt question took my by surprise. "N-no."
"Committed to someone?"
"Got a steady girlfriend?"
"I'm gay, and before you ask, I have no steady boyfriend, either," I said, irritated yet decidedly intrigued. And pondering--hoping?--whether his interest in my personal life indicated a physical attraction toward me. "Now let me ask you, how it this any of your business?"
For a long moment, he said nothing more, just sat back and studied me. I noted how he gave my body a quick once-over and his dark eyes shimmered. But shimmered with what? Amusement? Delight? Contempt? Lust? I couldn't be certain. One instant I could have sworn he'd imagined me naked and doing deliciously wicked things to my body, the same as I'd fantasized doing to his. Then the next instant, he seemed to be sizing me up as to whether I was either a flunky he could use for his own gain, or a true contender for the throne of Project Director King. Damn it, I couldn't understand this guy at all and I wished he would answer my question.