Book Reviews

A Working Man (Men of Manhattan 4) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion at Skull Blaster Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Alex on 20-April-2017

Book Blurb

Matthew Hawke’s professional life is soaring as high the powerful bird of prey whose image is inked on his back. He’s at the top of his game as the owner of an advertising agency that is scooping up prime accounts like a mighty hawk wrapping its talons around an unfortunate ground rodent. Yes, work is good. Too bad his love life has more in common with the dying rodent than the triumphant hawk. When the thought of a sexy man trumps actually being with a sexy woman, Matthew thinks it might be time for a change. And there IS a gorgeous man at the gym he’s noticed.

Drakon Mavros is working his shapely ass off to make ends meet. His administrative assistant job at a messenger service is steady, but the money he gets from his more creative job pays most of the bills. An ex-boyfriend took his confidence, his trust and his self-esteem and Drakon is afraid to take another chance at love. When an adorably goofy man at his gym actually hurts himself trying to flirt with him, Drakon can’t resist falling under Matt’s spell. He makes Drakon feel good about himself again and praises his artistic talent – neither of which his ex ever did.

As the men begin to fall for one another, it appears nothing can go wrong – they seem to be soul mates. Secrets and lies can crack even the firmest foundation, though. It takes a true master to shore it up so that it never crumbles. Is love the mortar that can restore trust and faith and bind men forever? Only time will tell. Can Drakon and Matt take that chance?

First Edition published by Wilde City Press, 2014.

Book Review

This fast-paced and amusing addition to the ‘Men of Manhattan’ series finds Matthew Hawke, affluent owner of the fabulous Hawke advertising agency, hiding his identity to woo a gorgeous, sexy Greek who is plagued with self-esteem issues. Those following the series will find nothing lacking in this much-anticipated love match between the great Matthew Hawke and the mysterious and exotic Drakon. Newcomers to the series will get a kick out of this lighthearted and playful story as two men, a timid hawk and a reluctant dragon, push past their vulnerabilities to make a dazzling love connection. Terrific, sexy, and a fun read!

The book blurb does a great job at describing the gist of this story, so I won’t feather that nest. What I enjoyed about this book and the ‘Men in Manhattan’ series in general, is the individuality of its characters. All are lively and fun to inhabit. To my mind, there are characters where I, as a reader, become a voyeuristic fly on the wall watching the events of a story unfold, and there are stories whose characters draw me in until I “become” the character… and “experience” the events. When developed by masterful authors, both character development styles are a joy to read. For me, this book is of the latter style and it was a blast to inhabit Matthew and Drakon.

I find Sandrine Gasq-Dion to be sublime at creating beautiful, racy men-who-have-it-all characters who inhabit stuff-of-dreams worlds. Her books make for wonderfully exciting and cozy “escape” reads and this latest is no exception.  While Matthew and Drakon reveal frailties that mirror those that plague actual humans, the characters and the story remain true to the aesthetic of the romantic fantasy, but are packed with the sensual heat of erotica. Matthew and Drakon heroically navigate each obstacle on their path to love in a marvelously entertaining fashion, and provided me with a scrumptious adventure that served as rich fodder for daydreams.
With summer fast approaching I encourage those who enjoy reading about sexy, affluent men in love to add this book and the entire ‘Men of Manhattan’ series to their beach reads.  

“Bringing sexy back. Fun!”





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 129 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-April-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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