Narrator: Tristan James
For years, Clayton Potter’s been friends and workout partners with Ronnie. Though Clay is attracted, he’s never come on to Ronnie because, let’s face it, Ronnie only dates women.
When Clay’s father suffers a heart attack, Ronnie, having recently lost his dad, springs into action, driving Clay to the hospital over a hundred miles away. To stay close to Clay’s father, the men share a hotel room near the hospital, but after an emotional day, one thing leads to another, and straight-as-an-arrow Ronnie make a proposal that knocks Clay’s socks off! Just a little something to take the edge off.
Clay responds in a way he’s never considered. After an amazing night together, Clay expects Ronnie to ignore what happened between them and go back to his old life. Ronnie surprises him and seems interested in additional exploration. Though they’re friends, Clay suddenly finds it hard to accept the new Ronnie and suspects that Ronnie will return to his old ways. Maybe they both have a thing or two to learn.
Clay Potter has a close group of friends he works out with and hangs out with on a fairly regular basis. But it’s his friend Ronnie who steps up and offers to take Clay to the hospital when his father is hospitalized. Ronnie is a true friend and was there for Clay when Clay’s former boyfriend left him and if Ronnie only knew how very much Clay loves him and wishes for more, he’d be shocked.
But Ronnie is straight and that’s very evident by the number of women he always has around. He’s like a female magnet. He’s not only good looking, but he’s wealthy—prominently displaying his Rolex and driving a Lamborghini—anything to attract attention.
Comforting Clay is no big deal to Ronnie. After all, Clay was there for him when his dad died. Offering to share a hotel room near the hospital so they can be close if Clay is called, Ronnie offers more comfort than Clay is prepared for. It seems Ronnie is interested in being a little more than a friend to Clay, and he not only offers to have sex with Clay, he insists on it and then bottoms. To say Clay is amazed is an understatement. It’s like a dream come true. But he knows Ronnie will likely want to ignore what happened, and he’s only going to have one night with the man he wants.
Ronnie surprises him again by coming back for more—and not just once more. But Clay wants something different and each time they are out together and Ronnie flirts with a woman or worse—each time Clay hears about Ronnie’s exploits with a woman—one more piece of Clay’s heart breaks. He wants a committed relationship with Ronnie, and it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to get it.
Clay wants a man who will have eyes only for him when others are around. Ronnie has a tough hill to climb as he comes to terms with his sexuality and his lifestyle and decides what’s important to him and what’s just window-dressing. Once he decides, he will have to work hard to be the man Clay needs.
I don’t know if Andrew Grey was experimenting with something new for this story, or whether everything just came together with the right mix of characters in this one, but it’s by far one of the best I’ve read, or in this case, heard. Between the deep, resonant tones of Tristan James’s narration and the GFY-themed love story, I was in heaven listening to this audiobook. There’s far more explicit sex in this one than in most of the others I’ve read by this author, and the scenes are so beautifully written and narrated by Tristan James that it was difficult to press the stop button when real life interfered and I had to shut it off for a while. In fact, this is one of the few I’ve listened to that will stay at the top of my queue so that I can listen again as soon as I have a chance.
I highly recommend this story in audiobook format. If you like GFY, hurt-comfort, friends to lovers, or any combination of those, this story is for you.