Summary Review: This book was a disappointment from start to finish – neither the characters, prose or the dialogue came up to my expectations.
It’s been extremely difficult for Hugh Landon, an up-and-coming lawyer in Washington, D.C., to control his sexual fantasies about his paralegal, Milan Vassar.
When his career hangs in the balance over a missing file, Hugh must call Milan at the midnight hour and plead for assistance. Hugh’s determination not to mix business with pleasure disintegrates when Milan arrives at the office not only to help him, but to confess he’s held the same secret desires for his boss.
Hugh Landon has a major crisis on his hands and is in danger if being held in contempt by the Judge nicknamed Hot Spur Navarro (because of her quick temper), who had granted him a 24 hour recess in his latest case. So what does he do? When he can’t find the documents he needs to get his guilty client off the hook, he starts drinking in the office, then he calls his paralegal Milan at midnight to help him find the information he needs after he spent the entire day searching, without any success. Milan is at a bar getting drunk and in addition he had shared a joint with a few friends, but he’s willing to drop everying and go back to the office because he had the hots for his boss. When he arrived all Hugh could think about is getting into Milan’s pants.
While Milan is searching for the evidence that his boss needs to save his career, Hugh gets more and more excited about bedding his assistant and the prose consists of his cock getting hard in almost every paragraph. Does he really care what will happen to him if he shows up in court the next day without the evidence to get his client off the hook and the judge off his case? It doesn’t appear so. The story is also riddled with purple prose and here are a few examples
“The blue-spoked depths of his eyes” “silver flecked orbs”
“Hugh couldn’t decide whether their luminous orbs were aquamarine or beryl”
“Hugh knew if he so much as came in contact with an inch of that hard body, he’d tumble into a chasm so deep he’d never be able to claw his way out. Something that felt like hot chili peppers burned in his chest”
Gray shadows danced over the angular planes of Milan’s face, and the very air they breathed hummed with an inexplicable lust.
The room spun in shades of silver and metallic gold and his blood turned to liquid fire
On the edge of a fathomless precipice
Hovering at the pinnacle of insanity, Hugh reveled in the sound of another bestial groan from Milan
There were also references to Hugh as a “magnificent being” “God Hugh” and on and on ad nauseum.
I had other problems with this book including the characterizations, especially Hugh who I thought was pretty irresponsible. As many of you know from my post last week, I can take or leave condoms in M/M stories, but this book gave me pause. Not only wasn’t there a condom in sight but there was no discussion about the sexual history of either protagonist before they had sex. The main reason I was concerned was that Milan spent years on the streets as a teenage hustler where he had sex with anyone for money, and I figured that at least there would have been some acknowledgment of the characters’ sero status. Sure he changed his life around since then, but the author let us know his history so I would have thought that either condoms would be used or there would have been proof that he was safe for barebacking. For me a contemporary M/M romance has to make sense even if the stories are fantasies, and unfortunately this book failed on many levels to make the grade. By the way there was no lube either. 🙂
I also couldn’t believe that Hugh had sex with Milan the first time while wearing a gun and was all set to do so the second time around until Milan asked him to remove it. Afterwards, when Milan asked him why he carried a gun, Hugh’s response was “everyone carries a gun in D.C.” Live and learn!
I usually try to find something positive in the stories I review but unfortunately I didn’t find Hot and Sticky enjoyable, and the characterizations, prose and dialogue didn’t work for me. However, other readers might find this book more to their taste.