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Publisher's Summary

Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can't let go until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he's the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he's working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can't ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he's willing to let go and forgive what he can't forget and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.
©2016 Lane Hayes (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Morgan A Skye on 10-16-16

No great accents, but great story

Benny is a fabulous 23 year old who works both for his family’s pizza place and at the Gulden family bagel place. In between he sews fabulous costumes and hopes to one day make it big on Broadway doing just that. He agrees to a date with Mr. Gulden’s son to placate the kind gentleman and to yank on Zeke’s chain a bit.

Zeke is the only gay son of Mr. Gulden and he’s never felt close to his dad. All his brothers went in to business with their dad, but Zeke struck out on his own to Wall Street where he’s found fortune but still no luck in the love department.

After recently being dumped spectacularly by his ex, Trevor, Zeke is NOT in the market for a relationship and if he was it would NEVER be with someone so OBVIOUS as Benny. He makes no bones about it and though he offends Benny, he agrees to a date to shut his dad up.

When one “pretend” date, leads to another and another, it becomes clear that Zeke may not exactly be so certain what his “type” really is… Benny isn’t willing to put all his eggs in Zeke’s basket and is hedging his bets as well… But after attending a wedding for Benny’s cousin, things are beginning to look a lot less “pretend” and more “forever after”.


This is an absolute WIN! Just like a Kind of Truth, there is a deeper story than just the love story (though that alone is fabulous!). In this case we get Zeke’s rift with his dad, his loss of his mother and his own inner acceptance of himself.

Benny is more or less a solid, unflappable force, who only brings good things to Zeke’s life and acts as an anchor to help him from going adrift.

The steam is less than I’d expect, but perfect nonetheless. Most of the story is the delicious slow burn and the snarky comments between Zeke and Benny. I’m hoping Carter’s story is next as he seems like a yummy enigma waiting to be explored. (It was!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it. (I hope that whoever they find to do the audio has a great grasp of Brooklyn accents!)

4.5 of 5 stars


Seth Clayton narrated the first book in this series and he is an excellent narrator. His voice is really smooth and easy to listen to. He has great timing, good pronunciation and does a lot to bring these characters to life.
He subtly differentiates the different characters but doesn’t do any dramatic accents, but he does give each character a unique voice. In this case, I was disappointed. I’d pictured some very strong Brooklyn accents and the story is rife for some stereotypical New Yorkers. He doesn’t do any such thing.

That being what it is, if you don’t have that preconceived notion, I think you’ll enjoy his narration very much. It’s easy to get lost in his story telling and become immersed in the language.

4 of 5 stars

Overall 4.25 of 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
By Muttering Beduwen on 11-09-16

quality gay romance for once

This book was such a pleasant surprise I found myself relating to both of the main characters the book was funny and had me laughing out loud at more than one point which for me is quite rare. I really liked the fact both characters were already out of the closet and both characters had flaws. I have not read the first book in the series but because of how much I enjoyed this one I will be going back and listening to it. This is the kind of writing we need more of in LGBT fiction real characters real depth and relatability. The narration was simply fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-04-17

Loved it.

This book has it all.An unexpected journey to love and life and lessons learned along the way.The narration brought the characters to life and I loved every minute of it. I hope that you do too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BevS on 10-04-16

Another winner from Lane and Seth....

Really enjoyed Zeke and Benny's romantic tale as narrated by Seth Clayton, and 'twu wuv' triumphs in the end but I think you'll find the adjective is self-deprecating NOT self-depreciating ...not sure whether that's a Seth problem, or whoever wrote the script for him to narrate from [I suspect the latter]. Once I would've excused as a mistake, 3 times is not. 4.5 stars from me.

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