Author: Anne Brooke
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781611244038
Summary: Darren Fording works as Senior Timetabling Officer for his local college and has happily been arranging the schedules alongside his stalwart team for more than two years. When Max Sheldon arrives to take over as Acting Registrar, Darren finds himself consumed by lust for his new boss and making the kind of decisions he, as a stuck-in-his-ways administrator, has never made before.
At their first official meeting, Darren takes his courage in both hands and initiates a full-on kiss, which Max returns with enthusiasm. The encounter ends there, however, as Max is reluctant to pursue a relationship of any kind with a subordinate. Darren is equally determined not to take “no” for an answer.
When a visit by the educational inspection team goes terribly wrong, Darren must use all his wits to both save the reputation of the college he loves and to prove his worth to the man who’s beginning to mean so much to him.
Review: Darren works in timetables and it’s the perfect job for him. He’s compulsive about things, denies it and let’s face it, Darren is just funny. He’s not a control freak. He just likes things the way he puts them and the day scheduled to the nth degree. That helps his work. For two years and two weeks, his job was perfect. He supervises Miranda (forty-something vamp) and Stewart (young straight guy). Life is good. Then Max appears. Max, with the gorgeous body, who is the acting registrar. Darren kicks off the new boss’s arrival with an argument with a professor and a healthy dose of lust.
Max is a contradiction and irritated me at points. When Darren kisses him, he kisses back but then stops as if nothing had happened and continues on with his conversation about the big inspection coming up. Compliments his kissing technique and gives a thank you. Very odd. Yet when Darren (calling himself a sad and lonely loser) invites the man to dinner, he accepts. He’s confused.
This book is fun and funny, and Darren is wonderful. Max is right, Darren isn’t like everyone else. These two must survive the hot mess that is the inspection through some creative thinking. A light funny read with great characters.