Title: Flawless by Cat Grant
Irresistible Attraction Book Four
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: 91 pages/Word count: 24,800
Book Rating: B+
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Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing.
Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple-red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible.
One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.
This title is part of the Irresistible Attraction universe.
In Flawless, Cat Grant’s fourth book in her Irresistible Attraction series, Steve Campbell is finally ready for more than casual hookups. He is attracted to mechanic Gil Alvarez but his social awkwardness puts a screeching halt to their tentative friendship. Can Steve salvage his relationship with Gil? Most important, how will Steve react to the secret that Gil is keeping?
I have really enjoyed watching Steve’s journey of self-awareness and I am thrilled that he is finally ready for a real relationship. Gil and Steve click right from their first meeting, and the attraction between them is positively smoldering. I like that they take the time to get to know one another but lack of communication soon becomes an issue for them.
Gil’s life has been full of challenges and he pretty much stole my heart right away. He has made it on his own despite his family’s rejection of him. An abusive ex has made him wary of getting involved with Steve. Gil is working hard to make a better life for himself and while his auto shop is struggling, his efforts are paying off.
Gil and Steve’s relationship is tenuous and is easily derailed. Part of their issues are due to a disparatey between social classes. Steve is wealthy and successful while Gil is barely keeping his head above water financially. Steve inadvertently insults Gil but his apology goes a long way in smoothing things over between them. But the biggest issue between them is Gil’s secret and his fear of how Steve will react when he reveals what he has been hiding.
Flawless is a compelling romance and Cat Grant deftly handles a delicate subject in a matter of fact and sensitive manner. The characters are multi-dimensional with realistic flaws. The sex scenes between Gil and Steve are delectably steamy. The happily for now ending is satisfying but I have to admit, I am hoping to see more of Gil and Steve in the future.
Although part of a series, Flawless can easily be read as a standalone story.
Rread my review of Doubtless HERE.