Mr. Average by Parker Williams

18398356Title:  Mr. Average

Author:  Parker Williams

Genre:  Contemporary

Length:  Novella (49 pages)

Publisher:  MLR Press (August 29th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer:  Laurie

Blurb:  Lucas Manetti has had sex with some very hot men, so why is it can’t get one average man out of his mind? 

Lucas doesn’t want attachments. He thinks life is much easier that way. Watching the way his mom suffered when his father was dying taught him that. Nevertheless, deep down, Lucas likes the idea of someone taking care of him, of coming home to the same person every night. Yeah, what Lucas really wants is love. So why is he settling for random quick sex in seedy bathrooms? Kyle has been taking care of Lucas’ car forever. So for Lucas, it’s a logical step to think of Kyle taking care of him. And he has so much, that he can offer Kyle—whether Kyle wants it or not. So imagine Lucas’ surprise when Kyle isn’t particularly enamoured of Lucas’ ‘proposition’. Lucas thought his money would buy him anything. Then he realizes…boy, did he get it wrong. He’s so busy reeling from the shock that he almost misses what—or who—has been waiting for him all this time.

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Review:  The characters in this story are written as real people. Lucas to the point, that at the start of this story I wasn’t sure I liked him at all. He’s a snob pure and simple. Yet when you read about his mom, you start to understand his attitude. He’s of the opinion that his money can buy him if not love, at least caring. And he has the perfect choice for the man to be grateful for Lucas’attention and money. Kyle, his mechanic. Kyle takes care of his car and with his money, Kyle should be grateful for the chance to take care of Lucas. But, Kyle isn’t grateful, and his husband isn’t grateful.  And Lucas is devastated.  Going to his favourite bar, John the bartender takes care of him, even when he doesn’t want the help.  John is just an average guy, so will Lucas see beyond that to the caring person John is?

This was a wonderful story that flows, well written, easy to read with engaging characters. I enjoyed it immensely.