At Boy Meets Boy Reviews, Ann says (EXCERPT): "Riley was exactly the kind of cowboy, or just character in general that I swoon for. He’s charming and has a quiet strength that belies the passion underneath that Stetson. He’s deceptively wise and patient and he’ll protect those he loves, or even likes super hard, *ahem, Curtis, ahem* with no thought to his own well-being. Curtis is the character I want to hug and make everything better for, even though he would hate that. He’s kind and good by nature, he doesn’t even know how much positive influence his presence brings to his friends because he doesn’t know any other way to be.
At Rainbow Book Reviews, Lena says (EXCERPT): "Riley is smart, funny, and caring. He's also delightfully devious, and very determined to win Curtis over. Acting as his knight in shining armor when Curtis is assaulted by a hotel chef is certainly a dramatic introduction. Even though Riley knows he'll probably lose his job, he defends Curtis anyway. When he starts busking across the street from the ice cream shop, Riley deliberately plays and sings badly to garner Curtis's attention. Riley correctly guesses that Curtis won't be able to stand the cacophony and will come over to help. Riley invites Curtis to his place so they can work on finding him a better repertoire for his performances. Riley doesn't know why, but he sees that Curtis is hesitant to come with him. Riley proceeds very slowly, not wanting to spook Curtis who invokes feelings in him that he's never felt before and it pays off. Curtis opens up to him and talks about the abusive relationship he just got away from, which he's never told anyone else about. When Riley hears that Curtis's ex is back in town and threatening him, he motivates Curtis's friends to devise a brilliant plan which will, hopefully, get rid of his ex forever."
At Inked Rainbow Reviews, Amy says (EXCERPT): "Curtis and Riley both got to me at a much more emotional level. These guys had some heavy things to deal with. Even so, Ms. London did it with the same light touch as with the other stories, blending equal parts tug-at-the-heartstrings and laugh-out-loud fun. This pair were also, in my opinion, the steamiest of the bunch."
NOTE: Amy features the other stories too - Slap and Tickle, A Twist and Two Balls, and by Sue Brown: Hissed as a Newt and Bells and Balls.
Everyone knows Curtis Wilson around the Soho business scene: a hard-working, budding young entrepreneur, who can get you supplies of whatever you need, and always with a joke and a laugh. Only Curtis knows that’s a purely public persona. Secretly, he’s still licking his wounds after being beaten up by his ex-lover, and he’s not about to let his guard down again.
Handsome Riley Richmond was born to be a cowboy, on his father’s side at least. But after his parents’ deaths, he finds himself stranded this side of the Atlantic, an anachronism in the bustling capital, and without financial capital. His consolation is his music, albeit he’s not a very successful busker and he loses his only decent piano gig after standing up for Curtis against a homophobic bully.
After that, they keep meeting, partly by accident, partly by Riley’s design. He’s smitten, and doesn’t mind letting Curtis know. Their music brings them together – Riley’s guitar playing and Curtis’ sharp, sexy poetry are a powerful combination. But Curtis still has some unfinished business with his ex-lover that he’s struggling to handle on his own. Riley intends to be the man Curtis calls on for help, whether he likes it or not. He’ll do whatever it takes to show Curtis that people can still be trusted to be honest and caring – even if it means walking them both into danger.
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