Author: Dominique Frost
Length: Novella (79 pages)
Publisher: Loose ID (March 12th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Jared Hamilton is the director of the famous law firm, Hamilton & Hamilton. He’s a brusque, no-nonsense type that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Thus, it is no surprise that he finds Kyle Washburn instantly and aggravatingly annoying.
Kyle is Jared’s massage therapist and is cheeky and irreverent. Jared doesn’t like cheekiness or irreverence. Unfortunately, Kyle also turns out to be absolutely brilliant at his job, which means that Jared can’t find an excuse not to return to the massage parlor when Kyle’s massages are clearly having such a beneficial effect. Jared is more relaxed and congenial than ever–well, as congenial as he can be.
It is only when another one of Kyle’s customers implies having had sex with Kyle that Jared realizes that he, too, finds Kyle sexually desirable–and that the thought of anyone else touching Kyle is unbearable. This revelation changes Jared’s perspective and his behavior, and he finds himself more and more attracted to Kyle with each therapy session. But does Kyle want him, in return, or is all that flirtation just part of the art of touch?
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/the-art-of-touch.html
Review: Jared Hamilton is irritable, cranky and extremely unlikeable at the start. The domineering attorney has no time for love, a life, or the massage his assistant has booked for him. He’s wound so tight she’s afraid he might snap and run off all their clients. He’s rude and standoffish to the massage therapist, Kyle from the get go.
Young twink, as Jared refers to him in his inner monologue, Kyle is outgoing and friendly. Jared immediately recognizes that he’s gay since he is as well. Jared fights his attraction to Kyle with snide remarks and accusations, which Kyle counters easily with his dry wit and sarcasm. When Kyle’s mom lands in the hospital and Jared insists on driving him to her, Kyle realizes that Jared really does care.
This book was slow to start for me. Disjointed and scrambled throughout, I didn’t really start enjoying it until Jared finally pulled his head out of his ass and showed Kyle that he truly cared for him. There was some good potential for a full-length story, and I could definitely get more involved if that were the case. Perhaps the story would be more cohesive if the author could fully explore the different aspects of the story. If you can get past that, and you are looking for a short read with some really hot M/M action then this is the book for you.