Reviewed by JenAnother great installment in LB Gregg's Men of Smithfield series. This one features a new couple, but has the same wonderful humor and super-hot sex as the first installment.
The story is told from the perspective of Seth, a 36 year-old gay man who has recently ended a long-term relationship and is raising his late sister's six year-old daughter, Molly. It's during his weekly massage that he meets David for the first time. The young, free-spirited man is filling in for his regular massage therapist and his fingers are like magic... so much so that Seth finds himself enjoying it a little too much.
Before he knows it, Seth seems to be stumbling across David everywhere. And when he finally stops fighting the attraction, he discovers David is every bit as interested as he is. A quick tryst in an alleyway sets a relationship in motion, but it's not an easy path... especially when Molly's dad shows up, Seth's ex reappears, and a blackmailer reveals that dalliance in the alley should have probably happened somewhere a little less public. Can Seth and David's new relationship handle so many obstacles at once?
I have to tell you, I laughed out loud more than once while I was reading. LB Gregg's voice is just so amazing. And the sex --(*fans self*)-- is really, really hot. I enjoyed the story very much. Though I have to say, Seth is a bit of a dick, and once or twice I found myself wondering what David saw in him. Fortunately, since we are reading from his first person narrative, we do get to see what's going on in his head enough to know he's got a good heart. He's just... not great at dealing with people. I also wish we could have enjoyed a little more of their HEA, though I guess that's just part of the deal when you're reading a novella.
Though this is part of a series, it is written as a complete stand-alone. I would definitely recommend these books to m/m fans. Well done.
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Men of Smithfield: Seth and Davidby LB Gregg
Original Release Date: May 2, 2009
Re-Release Date: October 15, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press