For six years, Rex Payton has focused on two things: keeping his late father's small-town Kentucky bar afloat and raising his nephew Tyler. After the tragic loss of his parents and sister, Rex has no interest in romance. He's respected in his community and regarded as one of Carlisle's most eligible bachelors, but he's accepted that his life isn't conducive to a romantic relationship, especially as a closeted gay man. Enter Josh Billings, a veterinary student who's serving an internship in town.
Josh's deepest passion is helping animals. Romance is the furthest thing from his mind... until the night he meets taciturn, handsome Rex Payton. Chance and an after-hours dance conspire to forge an intimate connection neither man looked for - one neither man can ignore after the dance leads to a kiss. Suddenly romance isn't so insignificant, but it's also not without complications. For this relationship to work, Josh has to decide if he can cope with dating a single dad, Rex has to open his heart, and Ty has to learn to share his dad's affection.
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It stared with a dance...
Sterling's recreation of the characters Erno initially created with words on a page, truly bringing them to life.
Rex. Good lord, yum, wow, I want one, hot! But so tender and caring as well. Really the total package.
He brings the characters to life.
It stared with a dance...
It started with a dance -
From the moment Rex Payton and Josh Billings meet, the attraction is mutual and the energy is combustible. Neither of them really knows what hit them, and they both go from trying to convince themselves they don't want to other to finally accepting they can't stay away from each other... they can't keep their hands off each other. Both men have their own reasons for not wanting to pursue anything further than some pretty goddamn amazing sex. Rex is basically the father figure to his young nephew, has been the only father the young boy has ever known. He has to concentrate on keeping Tyler safe and happy. Josh is in town for only a year while he does his residency at the local Veterinarian office, something required while he is finishing his degree to become a Vet.
Small town Kentucky is far from accepting, and when a local "Christian Woman" gets it in her head that simply because Rex and Josh are gay they "must" be doing something to Tyler, the shit really hits the fan. Josh is the man Rex has been waiting for these past six years. The man that can see past the pain Rex holds so dear over the loss of his mother, sister and father. The man that will love him and Tyler unconditionally. The same goes for Josh. The furthest thing from his mind when coming to Kentucky was finding love. But he found it, none the less, and now that they've found each other they are determined to hold on tight. But at what cost?
Let me tell you just how much I loved this book. Not five minutes into the book I could feel the electricity converging between these two. And it was a steady flow from there. All these two men want is to live a happy life, have a family, a man to love, and they find that in each other. Finn Sterling took Erno's words and characters and really brought everything to life. I absolutely loved the way he voiced Rex, I want to marry that voice and have baby's with it! The voice truly fit the character... laid back, easy going, everything he does and says comes from the heart. Sterling has a knack for packing a single word with so much emotion, and that shines through most of all with Josh. Rex is the protector and Josh is voice of reason almost, and that comes across clearly in the audio.
I highly recommend this audiobook, I'll probably que it up and listen to it again. And thank you from the bottom of my heart Jeff Erno for that office sex scene. I do love it when a man knocks everything off the desk, picks his guy up and lays his naked body out on the desk and then pounds him into oblivion. Yeah, I had to turn the air down a couple of notches while listening to this one.
It ended with a dance...
- Tams (TTC Books and more)