Title: Son of Money
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.
Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.
While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.
When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.
Randall’s family is pretentious and controlling as all get out. He chose to be cut off from the inheritance to live his life the way he wants –including being a photographer and a masseur. His massage clients tend to leave with a happy ending but Randall tells himself that he is only paid for the massage, not the extras, and he feels good about it. He keeps in touch with his family mainly because of his sister-in-law, who is trapped in a mostly unhappy marriage, and his adorable niece, Bailey. It’s because of Bailey that Randall decides to adopt a dog from the humane society. And that’s where he reconnects with Noah, the childhood crush to end all crushes. And not only is it reciprocated, but Noah pretty much tells Randall that Randall is the one and that they belong together.
You want to talk holly hotness? This is Noah: ”Tall, with dark brown hair pulled back into a messy man bun. Heavy brows. Thick, close-cropped beard over an angled jaw.”
Are you drooling yet? I was. Plus, Noah is an absolute sweetheart. He wants to take things slowly. He asks Randall out on a proper date –no funny business at the end of the night. He is considerate, kind, caring, and the list goes on.
And when they decide to be a bit not so proper?
“He held up three shiny fingers, then lowered his hand. With each of the next three thrusts, he shoved a new finger in beside his cock. And it hurt. And like the slutty bottom boy I was, I begged for another.”
And so so so hot. Mind you, the sex scenes are sparse and carefully placed at the right times to advance the plot. This is no sex-fest. But they are just enough to make you feel their connection and believe that the whole “you’re the one” and “we were always meant to be” deal is no bs.
• Harper. Harper is the ugliest dog you could ever picture but also the sweetest and most loving. She became a part of Randall’s life and comforted him when he needed it.
• The who dunnit. Randall’s life was turned upside down. The plot dealt heavily with how destructive the power of social media can be to a person’s reputation and livelihood. A good chunk of the book was all about how Randall, Noah, and their relationship was affected by the drama that would not die down, as well as who was the puppeteer behind everything. It was done really well.
• Noah. Honestly, I don’t know if anyone could ask anything more from a partner. He was unflinchingly loyal to Randall no matter how bad things got in Randall’s life. But he was no doormat. He could withstand almost anything but he did draw the line and showed that even though he thought Randall was the one, he wouldn’t tolerate everything.
I highly recommend this to fans of hurt/comfort who enjoy their romance a bit dreamy but also hot. You won’t be disappointed!