Title: Sixty Five Hours
Author: N.R. Walker
Cover Artist: N.R. Walker and Brenda Gibson
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5+ stars
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: A sweet and sexy novella that makes for a lighthearted and enjoyable read.
Blurb: Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley are advertising executives who have Sixty Five Hours to pull together the campaign of their careers.
Sixty Five Hours to get along. Sixty Five Hours to not kill each other. Sixty Five Hours to fall in love.
Review: Well who knew that N. R. Walker could do funny, and do it so very well? I am quickly falling in love with this author and Sixty Five Hours is one of the reasons why. Smart, witty, sexy as all get out and just plain romantic, N.R. Walker has hit a decided home run with this sweet little novella.
And look at that blurb! Be still my heart, a blurb that gives so little away and yet sets the stage for lots of action to occur. Lucas Hensley is cocky, talented, out and proud. He makes no bones about who he is and what he will deliver when he is hired by Fletcher Advertising. Hired by the senior Fletcher, little did Lucas suspect that he would grow to resent and dislike the man’s son, Cameron. Cameron is everything Lucas is not. Quiet and reserved, talented in his own right he hides a secret that threatens to keep him from really pursuing any dreams of a lasting relationship or happiness.
When these two polar opposites are given a mere sixty-five hours to come up with a campaign that could net a 20 million dollar deal for their company, they first balk at having to work together and then they find out the product that Lurex is selling: condoms, lubricant, and their own line of sex toys. Lucas laughs out loud, Cameron looks as though he wants to bolt into the nearest closet and never come out again.
What ensues over the course of those hours leads not only to a cutting edge and scathingly brilliant ad campaign but also to secrets being revealed, a new found trust developed and the beginning of the real possibility of a burgeoning relationship. Now they must present their package and little does either man realize what shocking revelations will occur right in the boardroom.
This was genuinely a “feel-good” story from beginning to end. Things work out over the course of this novella and you are left with a happy warm feeling by the book’s end. Cameron was just the most sorrowful of men, so lost and scared and Lucas for once, was called upon to step back and give of himself in order to help someone else. It’s not that Lucas was snarky or mean, but he was a go-getter in every sense of the word, rarely deterred from achieving his goal and he felt nothing but a good measure of contempt for the stand-offish Cameron. Little did he know what Cam was grappling with in his personal life and when Lucas finds out, he reacts not with sarcasm but with genuine warmth and kindness.
These two characters and their race against the clock drew me in to their story immediately. I found myself really liking them both and hoping that the author would allow whatever was in store for these two men to develop slowly and realistically. I wasn’t disappointed. That is not to say that there wasn’t sex fairly quickly in the novella–actually there was lots of it. But instead of the act driving the plot, the plot was developed because of it. Subtle nuances of each man’s character was revealed with each new moment of intimacy. So much internal ground was covered just through the act of lovemaking, it was really amazing to read.
I think that what sold me most about this novel was that even though there was no real angst, Cameron’s confusion and fears were palpable. So much so, that the normally emotionally dismissive Lucas was stopped cold when he realized that this was a man he could quite possibly grow to really care for, even love. Yes, one could argue that there was a bit too much “happy” going on here but you know, sometimes people really are happy, things really do work out and the revealing of secrets can be handled with loving kindness. So, no, I never felt that the realism was stretched to a breaking point in this novella, instead, I felt it was quite simply a sweet and kindhearted story that was so very well written and carefully planned out by the author. And, at the end, N.R. Walker throws in a little gift–a beautiful little gem of a moment that you will not want to miss.
Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker solidifies for me this author’s status as an auto-buy on my book list. This work is creative, clever and a delight to read. I highly recommend this novella to you.
Oh…and did I mention–it’s a FREE read–yup–for always and forever according to the author!