Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He’s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, dancing, and trying not to run afoul of his new boss, Kelly doesn't have time for a boyfriend. Even if he did want a man in his life, a past trauma makes him question whether he can ever trust a man with his body or his heart. But then Kelly receives an unexpected but steamy birthday kiss from his boss, a man he was sure hated him, and he begins to wish for things he knows he shouldn't.
Andrew Whitman knew from the moment he held Kelly's hand that the man was special, and it both annoyed and terrified him. Kelly makes him feel a little out of control and Drew is a highly controlled man. He has to be to keep his sexuality a secret from his father, a conservative politician. And he is OK with that. He has a perfectly good, mutually beneficial, life plan with his best friend, Lex. A long time ago, he'd made his peace with the fact that he'd never find a man worth turning his life upside down for. Then he ends up with his capable and gorgeous assistant under him on top of his desk, and his life plans change. Drew can't seem to get out of his own way when it comes to the quiet, sexy, and surprising single dad, but he can't stop himself from falling for Kelly and his sweet baby brother. And just when it seems that Kelly has worked through his past hurts enough to let Drew into his body and his heart, manipulative family and words unspoken threaten to tear them apart. But after getting a taste of a life he never thought he could have, Drew won't let anything tear his fledgling family apart.
The writing in this office romance is very good and the characters are compelling.
We have a few great troupe's going on with our hard working raising his sibling hero, Kelly, and his boss Drew.
There are things that need more work in this love story to make it really great but I really enjoyed Laine's play with the alphahole stereotype in Drew. We get Drew's point of view and he is a very self aware character so when he does things like implied threats to Kelly's job ala old Harlequin Presents heros, we see that he is really just socially awkward and privileged. Its interesting.
Kelly's sexual trauma is well handled though could be triggering for some readers as is the rape and its effects are detailed.
The romance and growth between Drew and Kelly is lovely. Drew is steadfast and Kelly is smart and strong and assertive. Very good stuff with a great secondary cast.
There is a secret Drew holds on to for way too long that wasn't needed for conflict really, Kelly needs to seek therapy and the work conflict isn't well explored but over all really good.