Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but he’s loving his vacation in London. After a long day playing tourist, he’s on the hunt for some cheap beer and a good burger. Instead he finds a man hunting him, an arrogant prick with only one thing on the brain: the kind of meat that doesn’t come on a bun.
Eighty-hour weeks at a trading desk don’t leave Malcolm Kavanagh much time for meaningful relationships. Besides, in his world, everything’s a competition—even sex. When his newest one-night-sub fails to show, Malcolm sets his sights on the pretty young Yank on the bar stool beside him.
Owen’s all for an adventure with a native, but he’s not the pushover Malcolm thinks he is, and Malcolm’s not as shallow as he tries to be. They both soon learn that nothing's too intimate to share with a stranger, and the strangest things happen when two people share the most important pieces of their hearts.
Owen has been in London for 17 hours and the friend he’s traveling with has already dumped him for a hook up. He’s not too torn up about it and decides to go get a beer. He randomly walks into a bar, that when he gets in there is quite seedy, and isn’t sure he’s going to stay. His eye travels to a man in a very fine suit who seems completely out of place. The man, Malcolm, heads over to Owen and they start to make conversation. Malcolm is acting like a controlling ass but Owen is intrigued enough that they agree to hook up. They head back to Malcolm’s place and the fun begins.
Malcolm is a dom who is an anomaly. He likes playing the dom, and he has had to in his world, but he likes being taken care of as well. Malcolm is not one to come out with this confession but as the night with Owen moves on there’s no way to hide the information.
Malcolm and Owen decide to spend the weekend together with the plan that Owen will head off with his traveling buddy (an ex-girlfriend...yes, he's bi) to Paris on Monday morning. Malcolm takes Owen to all the touristy places around London and they have a great time together. They eat, talk, have great sex and get to know quite a bit about each other…which brings a different flavor to the “relationship”. When it comes time for Owen to head out to Paris any future contact between the two men is left hanging - or is it?
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I read the blurb. I was thinking, two men that are far apart in their lives yet find common ground in sex. I was thinking – story about quick fun hook up and we’re done. Well I should have know that if Amy Lane was involved it would be so much more than that – and it was. (This is my first read of Voinov's.)
The story was a revelation for us as well as for Malcolm when he gets to see himself on a different level. The person he thought he had to be – and he did have to be to a certain extent due to his job – and the person that he was deep down inside that was rarely, if ever, seen. Owen, just by being himself, unwittingly brought that other side out in Malcolm and I loved seeing the layers peel away from the man.Owen was an interesting soul. He was submissive to a point but wasn’t the “manageable” young college boy that Malcolm first thought he was. Owen had a great sense of strength about him but a softness as well and it really made him such a well rounded character.
In the end it was a wonderful and sweet story that I very much enjoyed. I say sweet because it definitely was but it’s also very hot and sexy as well and shouldn’t be missed.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5