Title: Lexington Black
Author: Savannah Smythe
Length: 207 pages
Publisher: Savannah Smythe (1 Feb 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Robin Martyn is divorced, straight, and living an unexciting life as a book-keeper for a luxury car showroom. His ambition to be an author has stalled, and he has a nightmare of a family, most of whom think he is a waste of space. His father killed himself when Rob was 15, and since then, Rob has found it hard to trust and commit himself to anyone but himself, yet over the course of a test drive with a suave stranger, he discovers he is capable of behaving in a totally irrational and risky manner.
Lexington Black is the wealthy New Yorker who rocks Rob’s world. After a night of hot sex, he wastes no time in luring Rob to the US to stay at his penthouse for a month so that he can reboot his writing career. A ruthless businessman, Lex is accustomed to getting what he wants. He is in love with Rob and he also wants his ailing father to accept his sexuality before the old man dies.
As Rob is introduced to gay Manhattan by Lex’s colourful friends, he is unaware that Lex is holding on to a crucial secret. Years before, Lex was a student at the college where Rob’s father was Headmaster. A brief encounter between them had resulted in the tragedy that Rob had been unable to forget. With this secret hanging between them, it is only a matter of time before Rob and Lex’s relationship is balanced on a knife edge.
A heated tale of deception and lust between two hot men who cannot keep their hands off each other…
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Review: This is a fabulously fantastic story – I can’t conjure the words to express how much I loved and enjoyed this book. I’m not sure what exactly in this book makes it so fantastic but I do think that it is a refreshing change from other books.
This is the first book I’ve read by Savannah Smythe and going by this wonderful book, I will definitely read more of her work in the future. The flow, pace and characters of the book were excellent and easy to follow. It was also easy to suspend my disbelief when I needed to.
I know many people will cringe when I make this comparison but it is completely true.
In my mind this is the MM version of a Mills and Boon novel, reminding me of stories by Melanie Milburne and Carol Marinelli I read in the past.
The story is about Robin Martyn, born and raised in London and from a wealthy family, he never really got over his father’s suicide. Only after a lot of effort did he ever find out that his father was gay and his mother (a complete bitch) swept the truth and the scandal under the proverbial rug.
He is the middle of five siblings though his eldest brother no longer spoke to the family and his youngest sister has been groomed to be a carbon copy of their horrible mother. Robin is now 35 and has angered everyone in the family, except his twin sister, Geri, for getting a divorce. This is where we get a lot of action from the thoroughly spoilt and bitchy youngest sister. A chance encounter with Lexington Black, a New York businessman, changes his life though. The revelations that he, like his father, is gay the main point to all of this.
The plot is very simple and the blurb provides all the necessary details. But one thing that the blurb does allude to is a secret that could damage Robin and Lex’s relationship before it really starts. Honestly, I figured it out as soon as there was the slightest hint of what the secret could be. However, when all hell did break loose, I thoroughly enjoyed how it was dealt with. I like that Robin didn’t just decide to forgive Lex. Most of all, I liked that we got to see more of Lex’s humanity.
The story is almost entirely from Robin’s POV (though he does not narrate it). However, Lex also has his say, which he does narrate. I like that there was a clear distinction between the two POVs and I also loved that I got to get more into Lex’s head this way. There is more to him than a wealthy businessman who would do anything to get the man he wants in his bed. He is an immediately likable character and his personal POVs once more make him more human.
Thoroughly enjoyable, if you like the whole wealthy businessman taking the lover he wants through any means necessary, this is your thing. There is an element of fairytale romance with a healthy injection of reality when it comes to ending.
I loved this so much I think I would read it again sometime!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *