Title: The Swap (2nd edition)
Author: Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Genre(s): Gay for you, erotic romance, short story
Page Count: 69 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.8 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
When layoffs hit Jim LaRue’s company, his first concern isn’t for his own job, it’s for his friend and coworker, Tommy Graves. Tommy’s going through a bitter divorce, and he’s closing on a new home. Losing his job would mean losing the house—and the fresh start he desperately needs. Jim can’t let that happen to the man he’s secretly in love with, so he proposes a swap: his job for Tommy’s.
Now out of work, Jim reluctantly agrees to help Tommy remodel. He needs the income, but he can’t stand being a charity case—especially not when things between them start heading in a direction he hardly dared hope for. The strain drives a wedge between them, and a confrontation might spell the end of their relationship.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.
It is amazing just how clueless these two men are. They are completely oblivious to why is front of their face.
Tommy and Jim are both so attracted to the other that sparks are flying off of each other and it is a wonder they have not set anything on fire yet. But they are both too blind to the fact the other feels the same way. Not to mention the fact they spend all their time together as it is but then when Tommy gets the nerve up to do something about that attraction Jim ends up pushing it and Tommy away and making it out to only be a stress induced kiss. As IF!!!
What makes them even more clueless is when they do finally start to get together they let stress and crap start to come between them even more. Both men let the other hurt their feelings and their pride and then instead of working on the issues they put if off again because it is just not important enough to talk about. Of course making up with each other to begin with is important but to leave it hanging between them like they do is a disaster waiting to happen.
Both men sacrificed for the other without realizing it and then both men are two proud to realize they both did something to help each other out without the others knowledge. But what makes them both crazy is instead of looking at what they have done for the other in a positive way, they let their pride get in the way and in the end hurt each other more.
This was a good, quick read but I really felt that it missed out on the follow through at the end of the book. There was an abrupt ending that left me feeling like there was more of a story to tell but that was not the case. That is really the only negative thing I have to say about this book and wish that Devon would have given more insight into if they was truly going to work things out in the end instead of leaving the story kind of hanging.