Conversation Hearts (Crabbypatty’s review)

Conversation Hearts
Title: Conversation Hearts
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 10, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 31
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

It’s Valentine’s Day, and grad student—and male escort—Levi Barron expects to spend his evening with a client who’s paying him for his services in bed… not an assassin who needs to borrow the view from his hotel room in the morning.

With nothing to do but endure the company of his unwanted guest, Levi and the assassin, Sinjin, spend some time bonding over HGTV, minibar beverages, Flannery O’Connor short stories, terrible Valentine’s candy, and the necessity of lying about their jobs.

Their evening takes an unexpected turn when they decide to indulge in their mutual attraction, and in the morning Levi doesn’t know if he’s spent the night with a hired killer or a hydraulic engineer with a very specific fantasy. Either way, the two have enough chemistry—in and out of bed—that Levi isn’t sure one night with Sinjin will be enough.

And a message left in candy suggests the feeling is mutual.

Avon Gale, you are a dirty girl to the core … and I adore that in someone, especially if that someone is the author of deliciously quirky M/M romances such as and now “Conversation Hearts.”

This novella is just right at roughly 30 pages. We are introduced to Levi (graduate student / rent boy) and Sinjin (assassin?/ hydraulic engineer?) on a Valentine’s Day eve that is about everything but “the love”, what with an assassination on the schedule for tomorrow. Levi and Sinjin tentatively bond over HGTV (“You know, people wouldn’t want an open concept kitchen if they knew how easy it was to get shot in one”) but since the Property Brothers episode is a rerun, what’s a hot tattooed guy and a dead-eyed assassin supposed to do until morning?

With sizzling sexual chemistry galore (a nice mix of on- and off-the-page) and perfect pacing, the ending is ambiguous and an utter delight.

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