Saturday, December 3, 2016

Architect of Love by John Charles

He could work miracles with his hands

Lance Bartner loved working with his hands, made his living refinishing furniture. Nights out were for fun with friends and the occasional hook-up. Though the L word had never been spoken, he would have enjoyed a relationship had the right man crossed his path. But who would want a laborer like Lance? He wasn't college educated, didn't live in a fancy loft condo, didn't drive a Lexus, and didn't even
own a suit.

Forrest Dentren, was an architect and city planner who had become a local name when his design for the Monroe City Center was chosen as one of the top three contenders. Well educated, extremely well built, and as both men and women put it, just plain hot. Some said he was married to his job, others said he was too picky, many said he didn't want to share the spotlight.

One hot, uninhibited sex-filled night

When Forrest broke his routine and went clubbing on a weeknight, he spotted Lance. The attraction was immediate from both sides of the dance floor. They both felt it. A few drinks later, still feeling it, they left for Lance's apartment.

It was never supposed to turn into anything more than one hot fuck

Two people from opposite ends of the world, no roadmap, not directions, no ideas how to make it work.

Author’s Note: Architect of Love is a hot and steamy, gay romance novel with no cliffhangers. It is the second book in The Fated Soulmates series and can be read as a standalone.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance

Hmmm, this is the only book I've read in this series. Lance and Forrest are an odd couple, but only in the sense that they each have insecurities that come out very early on in their dating life.

It's a short story that doesn't really develop much. Forrest is very successful – he's in the public eye and because of that, he might lose Lance because Lance doesn't know how he can compete. Lance is successful at restoration and feels that because he didn't have the typical background of college, etc., that he should just be with someone who is "just like him."

It's an old storyline that isn't really re-made here. Overall, this was just okay.

Lance works restoring antique furniture and Forrest is an architect. Their relationship starts out as a very hot hook up, but a chance meeting has them deciding to get to know each other better. When Lance discovers that Forrest is the head of a firm that is in the public eye, it causes problems.

I really like reading romance books staring regular guys and Lance and Forrest are, even though Forrest's job means he is at times a public figure. I liked our heroes. There is an honesty to them and their relationship that felt real. The steamy scenes were good and the amount of them was in proportion, so they didn't take over the story or get boring and repetitive.

That said, there were a few things I didn't like. The writing needs a really good polish. The story has too much tell for me and not enough show, which made it hard to get any deep connection with the story. Finally, the ending seemed quite abrupt.

Overall I enjoyed Architect of Love. Will I read the rest of this series? I think I might. I don't need every book I read to be five stars, and I enjoy having a series to read that is easy reading and just for enjoyment.

As a youngster, I not only had trouble reading, I couldn’t string two sentences together. Reading was a chore, but I had to read for school and work. In my sophomore year of college, with the help of my aunt and several courses I learned to get past my, until then undiagnosed, dyslexia. After that, reading actually started to become fun. Now I read constantly.

My desire to become an author developed through the years as my own children grew. We read books every night. When they were little I read to them. As they grew, and learned how to read, they read to me.

We congregated on the couch, or on one of their beds, and read stories together. It was fun, crazy, and sometimes frustrating. There were times when schedules made group reading difficult, but individual sessions were managed most nights.

During those years of family growth, I developed the desire to write my own books. Initially I thought about writing children’s books – and developed outlines for a couple of them. As my children grew and began reading different genres, my desires changed, too.

Then I discovered the gay themed mystery – I couldn’t get enough.

I started writing gay (male/male) themed novels, using my pen name John Charles and never looked back. I find developing a character that is passionate about his life and the life of his lover is a turn on to many readers as well as to me. So I try to develop that passion in my books and endeavor to make each character special.

The plots in my novels come from real life situations. I have always believed that real life is more interesting than anything a person could make up. I listen, keep my eyes open, and let the world give me the ideas that make my stories believable and interesting.

I find myself enjoying writing more than anything I’ve ever done in my life.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Architect of Love (Fated Soulmates #2) by John Charles to read and review.

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