Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Contemporary
Summary: A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.
Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.
August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.
Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.
Review: The old black and white movies where the hero sweeps in to save the damsel in distress, with a little MM twist. The hero here is a bail bondsmen/bounty hunter named August who has always dreamed of being someone’s knight in shining armor. Our dude in distress, Artie, definitely needs a hero after his druggie roommate not only gets him arrested but has him on the fast track to be killed.
Artie is very young looking and that tends to turn guys off him as relationship material. Even his own family believes him to be “Peter Pan…the eternal boy”. He’s got an awesome friend in Ross who’s with him at his favorite boy band concert. It’s the perfect night. At least, until they get back to Artie’s apartment and his roommate, Willie, is there. Willie is a pothead and a sometime dealer who has no common sense. Hence the trouble Artie (ever the naïve, who eats a laced brownie from Willie) finds himself in when the police bust down the door and off to jail they go. That’s what starts the entire “I need a hero!” debacle. Let’s give a shout out to Demaine, because he’s a hero in his own right and saves Artie even before August gets the chance. He’s family and I liked him.
August is called in as bail bondsman and he feels an immediate sympathy and pull towards Artie. He not only bails him out of jail but helps him with somewhere to stay for a bit and breakfast. We are taken on the whirlwind ride of drug dealers, running from the cops AND the dealers AND the hero. Artie often makes decisions to “protect” people and they aren’t smart for him. He needs to trust August.
I was worried for a minute because August had a lover, Lincoln, who is now a partner with him at the bail bondsman’s office. When Lincoln started to look less twinkish and “…bigger and taller and hairier…” August lost interest and I really questioned whether he was that shallow. And if he was, I didn’t want him for Artie. But I too should have trusted August.
The author wrote one of my favorite holiday stories, The Beary Best Holiday Party, and while this is a completely different type of story it has that same warm feeling to it. Yes, even with drug dealers and murder plans, it has a warm feel to it. Dancing across a crowded ballroom, tails flying.