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on July 22, 2016
Amazon • B&N • (Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Abuse, adult, Boss/Employee Romance, Gay
When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian Sasha outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.
This one was a heart warming story featuring two men who desperately needed love in their lives. It was well written story about new beginnings and the age difference never really detracted from their journey together.
37yr old Joel Jones owned a gay club, Cervena, with Karel Doubrava. It was a high-class nightclub where clients and dancers were treated with respect.
Sasha Filipov was a young 22 yr old Russian immigrant who needed a new lease in life and Joel graciously offered him employment. The working relationship blossomed to more but Joel’s partner presented a tough obstacle. The partnership became a tenuous arrangement and Joel knew that his values and goals were no longer aligned with Karel’s. Things got dangerous but love won in the end.
I liked both main characters, Joel and Sasha. Their chemistry felt authentic, sweet and endearing. It wasn’t rushed and it seemed healthy for both. Normally I don’t like boss and employee relationships but I like that the author didn’t create a power balance despite Joel being the boss. It was so encouraged with kindness and consideration Joel showed to those who worked for him. There was a healthy respect for the work boundaries. I was happy that Joel found love and eventually found freedom out of Karel’s mess. The amount of angst in the story was about right. There was genuine love, patience and acceptance. Sasha wasn’t looking for a sugar daddy nor was he afraid to stand up for himself. He worked hard and won the admiration of his coworkers. I hope the author turns this into a series because some of the other guys deserve a story too.
*Special Thanks to Dreamspinner Publishing