Walkin' After Midnight by Hank Edwards

19309405Title: Walkin’ After Midnight

Author: Hank Edwards

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (42 pages)

Publisher: Totally Bound (December 13th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Floyd has trouble staying interested in men, but meeting Gavin changes everything. Until Floyd learns his boss is dating Gavin. Now Floyd wants him even more.

Floyd Burland tends bar at Dudebaker’s, one of the city’s hottest nightspots. He’s something of a serial dater, but nowhere near as bad as his boss, club owner Shawn Frost is. Floyd is trying to figure a way out of an entanglement with Trevor, a Dudebaker’s bus boy, when Gavin Hunt steps into his life. Handsome, outgoing, and just Floyd’s type, Gavin is there to talk with Shawn about a singing gig.

On a moonlit night, Floyd discovers Gavin in the club’s parking lot with a car that won’t start. He walks Gavin home and, during their conversation, Floyd realises he could very easily fall in love with the man. Later, however, Shawn begins to brag that he and Gavin are dating, and Floyd, in a rash moment of jealousy, kisses Trevor the bus boy right in front of Gavin. Soon everyone is pointing fingers and demanding answers, and before Floyd can even try to fix things between him and Gavin, the singer leaves town to pursue his dream of cutting an album.

Will Floyd follow his own dream and pursue Gavin in an effort to win him back? Will Gavin even give him the time of day if Floyd shows up at his door?

Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the 50s Mixed Tape anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/walkin-after-midnight

Review: Floyd is a bartender at a popular hotspot and quite the man’s ma. He pretty much is a player and flirt and one of the bus boys has taken his flirting too seriously.  Gavin comes in to talk to the owner Shawn who is a worse player than Floyd is.  Floyd finds himself attracted to Gavin in a way he never has been before but doesn’t want to get involved in one of Shawn’s trysts.

I really liked this story. I found all the characters intriguing and interesting, especially Gavin. I do wish there had been more about Shawn and Gavin and Floyd’s jealousy. I did find the story very heartfelt and sweet. A player that finally meets his match and a man who knows what he wants but thinks he is dating someone else. Yes, it’s very complicated and twisted emotionally but with a warm feel good ending.

If you like 50’s songs, players, bartenders, club-owners and musicians this is for you!