Title: Professional Distance (Thorne and Dash #1)
Author: Silvia Violet
Publisher: Silvia Violet Books
Release Date: November 28th 2015
Page Count: 242
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.2 stars out of 5
Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They’re clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants
This was a nice story overall, it just didn’t manage to grab me. The trope is common, “closeted businessman ends up falling for his rent boy”.
Thorn Shipton is one of these guys that live to work. He ‘s filthy rich, doesn’t do relationships and …he’s an asshole. His only outlet is Friday nights, thanks to his favorite rent boy. When said rent boy quits, Dash, the new guy, takes his place.
At first I thought that Thorn would be annoying at best and bring the story crashing down at worse, but I actually ended up liking him. He may start off as an uptight and rude prick, but when he let his guard down and started falling for Dash, he was quite lovely. And this transition was well handled and felt very natural and believable.
Now, Dash…I had some problems with him, mostly because I felt that his character was kind of inconsistent. At first he was very laid back and easy going. Maybe too much for a first meeting with a client. He makes it his mission to make Thorne relax and eventually submit to him, but he comes across as too pushy for a first session. In the long run, this is what Thorne needs, yes. But their first encounter felt too much because of that.
Then, when he realises Thorne is developing feelings for him, he’s more closed off, while he was the one that encouraged these feelings.
And towards the end, he handled things in such a childish way and threw an imature hissy fit that was over the top.
There is a lot of steam and I mean A LOT. Many sex scenes with a nice dose of BDSM.
The ending was Pretty-womanish and made me smile.
Bottom line, this was ok and I really liked Thorne’s character development, but it just didn’t manage to hold my attention.