Rating: 3.25 stars
Publisher: Phaze Books (January 22nd 2013)
Synopsis: When Shanti attempts to ski an icy black diamond trail beyond his ability, he suffers a major wipe out, shooting off into the woods and injuring himself. But when a stranger who’s been watching him scrambles off the trail to help, he meets Mick Paulson, native Vermonter and the most gorgeous man Shanti has ever seen. Smitten with the alluring stranger, Shanti asks him for date, but quickly learns his brawny rescuer isn’t exactly the dating type. But then Mick offers him a compromise. He’s willing to give a full scale, romantic dinner a try, if Shanti agrees to venture into Mick’s world for a night – a place where lust runs high and inhibitions run low. Through this bargain, they both learn where their edges lie, and what happens when they step beyond them.
Review: Shanti is feeling depressed after his parent’s death. He is guilty about the way he went about their relationship and regrets how he acted towards them. Now he finds himself the owner of a little gift shop in a tourist area in Vermont lonely and dejected. His parent’s friends try to snap him out of his funk by taking him skiing but this time it doesn’t work out that well. It is after that fateful wipeout that he meets Mick. A handsome homebuilder and lumberjack, Mick is a player. He has no qualms about hooking up with strangers he picks up at the bar as log as they leave after everything is said and done. However, as soon as he sees Shanti he feels strangely drawn to the man. Can their connection survive Mick commitment issues and Shanti’s emotional state?
The author, Darien Cox, did a good job in bringing together two guys who were very different in many way, but who felt that they needed more from life besides going through the motions. I liked how Mick and Shanti related to each other, their interactions and their sexual chemistry. With explosive and flirtatious dialog and sizzling hot chemistry, Darien Cox’s writing was entertaining, engaging and sensual.
I am not a fan of the insta-love scenario, so I appreciated the fact that the author made the characters hesitate and doubt what they were feeling before and after they got together. I liked that they communicated with each other honestly and that they each stood up for what they believed had to be done in order for the relationship to have a chance to succeed.
Edges is the first book I’ve read from Darien Cox but it certainly won’t be the last since I enjoyed this story from start to finish. Edges was a hot, enjoyable, light read. What more could I ask for?
I received this title from Phaze Books through Manic Readers in exchange of my honest opinion.