Summary Review: A lovely romance between two different men which had all the elements to make it perfect.
Connor Morgan lives a life of mediocrity. Hopelessly single, he spends his time working at the video store with his insane friend Boyd. But Connor gets the distraction he needs in the form of his newest customer: beautiful, green-eyed Dane Masters. Before Connor can wrap his mind around their instant connection, he’s dealing with the kind of obsession that can only lead to disaster.
With Boyd’s dubious help, Connor manages to get Dane on a date, and soon they’re racing towards something that looks like a relationship. But fate has no intention of letting them find happiness so easily…
Connor lives the typical life of most men his age who work in a dead end job with no prospects. His best friend and roommate Boyd, who also works in the video store, helps to relieve the tedium of everyday life but it still sucks … until one day Dane Masters shows up as Connor and Boyd were having their usual silly playtime. Dane was a dream but so far above Connor that he could only imagine what being with the man with the green eyes would be like. But Dane kept coming back to the video store for no apparent reason and Connor was totally oblivious and clueless to why someone like Dane would show up regularly in the store, until his gross friend Boyd set him straight. However, Dane was shy about how to go about asking Connor out but Boyd came to the rescue again, although it took a couple of days before they went on a date.
Their first date brought out all of Connor’s insecurities about dating someone “above his station” when he found out that Dane was a social worker, and he compared their jobs – one a no brainer job and the other a very responsible career. Dane was someone who vacationed in Italy while his friends had porn site subscriptions and the occasional STI’s. He had never even been to college, something else about which he was self conscious and which showed the difference in their aspirations and lifestyles. He thought of himself as a scruffy video store guy and Dane as a Calvin Klein model, but they weren’t so different after all where it mattered – the way they felt about each other. Whenever they were together they didn’t want to let go except Dane wanted to wait a little while before they took things to the next level while Connor wanted to jump Dane’s bones as soon as he could find the nearest bed. 🙂 They went out twice after and things were going great, except that a few days later Dane stopped calling and Connor felt that his dream had gone up in a puff of smoke.
This was a really fun book and I thought that the chemistry between Dane and Connor was off the scale. Although they spent a good deal of the book apart during the latter half because of Dane’s job, they still managed to convey a lot of heat whenever they were together in person or talked on the phone. L.M. Turner named the book appropriately because there was a subtle build up of their relationship. What was evident was how much they cared about each other and couldn’t bear to be separated
The first book I read by L.M. Turner was Resistance which I loved so much I wanted to get a hold of other books she might have written. The Subtle Build of Perfection, which I believe might be the author’s first published book, was quite a good read even though it was short, and the characters were fully fleshed out. There was shy Dane who wanted to wait to have sex, and Connor who hated being made to wait for his treat. 🙂 The dialogue was funny throughout and the pacing was excellent. The sexual relationship between Connor and Dane wasn’t rushed and they got to know each other before hopping into bed. When they did have sex it was everything Connor wanted as Dane showed that waiting could make the sex hotter. Boyd, the friend from hell, was a wonderful character. No one would want Boyd as a roommate because he walked around naked when Connor was entertaining Dane, jerked off in the bathroom whenever he had a spare moment, and belched in public. 🙂 However, he really liked Connor and did his best to advance the romance so I couldn’t help but become fond of him. In addition the story is very funny and there are quite a few laugh out loud moments, especially with Boyd who almost stole the book.
If you’re looking for a sweet romance between two likable protagonists, where the angst is not drawn out, The Subtle Build of Perfection should be on your list.