Book Reviews

New Tricks by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / May/December / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-April-2019

Book Blurb

In matters of the heart, there’s no such thing as business as usual.


Thomas Stepford spent years building a very successful business and now at thirty-nine, he wants a quieter life. With his parents needing help, he decides to return home. He can’t get away from business completely and needs an assistant—but the man who is hired isn’t quite what he had in mind.


Brandon Wilson, the ink on his degree barely dry, needs a job, and his mother helps him get one as Mr. Stepford’s assistant. Thomas doesn’t seem to remember, but Brandon worked mowing the stunningly attractive older man’s lawn years ago. Thomas was Brandon’s teenage fantasy, and now he’s Brandon’s boss.


Thomas and Brandon are both determined to keep their relationship strictly business, but the old attraction is still there. They learn to work together even as the tension between them reaches the boiling point. But just as they start to surrender, Thomas’s old life in New York calls him. Even if he resists that pull, can their newfound relationship survive when Brandon receives the call of his dreams... from Hollywood?


Book Review

“You can't teach an old dog new tricks.” — idiom

…but what if the "old dog" wants to learn something new? Thomas, the main character of this book, is by no means old, but almost forty is close to ancient in New York. He wants to have a quieter personal life and moving back home to Colorado Springs so he can spend time with his parents seems to be exactly what he needs. On the other side of this story’s equation is Brandon. Having recently graduated, he is ready to apply everything he has learned and earn some money doing it, but he never expected to be working for the man he used to mow the lawn for when he was a teenager. With both men ready for “new tricks” they still get blindsided by their attraction to each other as well as some tempting new opportunities once they think they have it all figured out. All these twists and turns make this a very entertaining novel!

All Thomas wants is a quiet life that is less complicated than what he dealt with in New York while building his business, but it definitely is not what he gets. He finds Brandon almost irresistible, but he is his assistant and so much younger! Then there are his health concerns, the fact that being “back home” again is more difficult than he thought, and the big question mark about what will make him happy. He may have all the money he will ever need, but that does not make him as happy as he expected it would.

Brandon has an MBA and didn’t really want to be someone’s assistant but he hasn’t been able to find another job and he needs to earn some money. He remembers Thomas (and his crush on him) extremely well and it doesn’t take long for him to develop more serious feelings – boss or no boss. Brandon is good at organizing Thomas’s affairs and they soon spend much more time together than is good for keeping their professional and personal affairs separate.

Between the difference in age of about fifteen years and their very different expectations for the future, Thomas and Brandon start out as a very unlikely couple. But as they work together and get to know each other better, it turns out they are pretty compatible – and not just physically. Working things out between them takes some doing, but it was fun to witness! And just when it looks like they’ve got themselves organized Fate throws a bit of a spanner in the works yet again.

If you like romances that initially look as though they may be doomed due to purely “practical” considerations, if two different men with an age gap are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read about a workaholic who needs redemption and an ambitious young man at the beginning of his career and all their issues as they build a relationship, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/63905 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-December-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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