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He could work miracles with His Hands
Lance Bartner loved working with his hands, made his living refinishing furniture. Nights out were for fun with friends and the occasional hook-up. Though love had never been spoken, he would have enjoyed a relationship had the right man crossed his path. But who would want to love a laborer like Lance? He wasn't college educated, didn't live in a fancy loft condo, didn't drive a Lexus, and didn't even own a suit.
Forrest Dentren, was an architect and city planner. He had become a local name when his design for the Monroe City Center was chosen as one of the top three contenders. Well educated, extremely well built, and as both men and women put it, just plain hot. Some said he was married to his job, others said he was too picky, many said he didn't want to share the spotlight. Love, to Forrest, was only a distant dream. Love was not in his strategic plan.
One hot, uninhibited sex-filled night
When Forrest broke his routine and went clubbing on a weeknight, he spotted Lance. The attraction was immediate from both sides of the dance floor. They both felt it. A few drinks later, still feeling it, they left for Lance's apartment.
It was never supposed to turn into anything more than one hot fuck
Love at first sight? Neither understood how two people from opposite ends of the world, with no roadmap, no directions, and no ideas: how could they make it work?
Architect Of Love is a hot and steamy, love at first sight, gay romance novel with no cliffhangers. It is the second book in The Fated Soulmates series and can be read as a standalone.
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Forrest is successful, well-liked, well-known in the community, and making a name for himself and his company and he has intentions of pushing himself further, striving for bigger and better things.
He works till late hours each night at his company, and the only time he takes for himself is the week-end. When he sees Lance at the local bar one night—and they seem to have a connection—he needs the release he hopes the man will offer and they set off to Lance’s apartment.
Lance is the opposite of Forrest. He doesn’t have a college education, but he’s not a loser. He restores furniture and has built a reputable business over the years. He has low self-esteem and considers himself a blue-collar worker that doesn’t have anything to offer someone that may fall above his pay scale.
He and Forrest cross paths again and decide to go out and that’s when everything goes south.
Lance can’t handle when someone recognizes Forrest when they are out on a date and he continues to harp that he is not of his caliber, going so far as getting out of the man's bed and leaving. He was rude, abrasive, refused to let Forrest explain his position, and it became repetitive even though they weren't together.
It came across as extreme, considering, they really didn’t know each other and he jumps back in bed with a past boyfriend—which wasn’t cheating—but I had a hard time seeing his reasoning since he still wanted Forrest.
They eventually work out their differences, and the story was likable, but I never felt a real connection between the main characters. The story is told from both POV’s, and it switches in mid paragraph—which I found really confusing—because it changes the whole perception of what you’re reading.
Overall, I enjoyed the architectural aspects of the story, but unfortunately Lance never worked his way back with me. I’ve read other stories in this series and loved them and I'm going to check out Comforted By Love, Book one, which is free on the author's website. The story could use a good polish overall which would also help the reading experience.
3.0 - 3.5 Stars
* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the promoter Enticing Journey Book Promotions *