Title: Trust and Control (2nd Edition)
Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Genre(s): Best friends to lovers, gay romance, anguish, heartbreak
Page Count: 188 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
Wealthy real estate mogul Christophe Lafavre has everything—except any love life to speak of. Though he has a brilliant head for business, when it comes to relationships, he’s often left fumbling in the dark.
To put a stop to the whispers about his pitiful social life, Christophe takes a suggestion from a friend and goes to a club on masquerade night. There, he meets an elusive hottie who calls himself Raj, and though Christophe cannot see Raj’s face, there’s definitely a connection. Over the phone and online, Christophe and Raj get to know each other. Their conversation is easy and arousing. It’s hard for Christophe to believe the strength of the feelings he’s developing toward a man who is still essentially a stranger, but he can’t get Raj out of his head. They eventually give in to their physical longing—but still Raj refuses to show his face or divulge his identity.
When it comes, the revelation will rock Christophe’s world and redefine more than one relationship in his life.
First Edition published as If I was Your Man by Breathless Press, 2013.
What happens when you go to a masquerade party, meet a man, do not get his name, never see his face, only get an email address, and you act with this man you do not even know what his face looks like in a way you have always wanted to act? You debate and debate again on whether to contact him again. Then when you do give up a little bit of that hard on self control and trust that this person could be exactly what you have been looking for for so long.
Then what happens when you finally find out who the person is face to face and you realize you already know and trust them but at the same time feel deeply betrayed by them? Well in Christophe’s case he losses it on the person and possibly throws not only the attraction he felt moments before he knew how was behind the mask away but also someone who has been an amazing friend for so long.
Christophe in my opinion is just to conservative and when he finally decides to throw caution to the wind, he mucks it up again with thinking. Chris is one of those people that has to think everything through first. He will beat whatever it is to death with over thinking it until he feels like he has it all wrapped up in his mind in a nice little box. When he feels out of control and cannot get his mind around something then he lashes out at whoever or whatever threw him into a tailspin in the first place. And the odds are in Chris’s favor that he is going to say the wrong thing and hurt whoever he is lashing out at. And in true Chris fashion that is exactly what he does when he finds out who is behind the mask.
The thing is I really think that Chris and mystery man can be happy together but Chris just needs to be able to learn that not everything can be controlled, especially emotions and love. I think that is why he has such a hard time with his mystery man.
When Chris does finally start to make since of what he is feeling he may have waited to long because now his mystery man is no where to be found and is not returning his calls. Chris may have waited to long and now he may lose the best thing that could have ever happened to him before it ever even got started all because he could not control the situation around him.
This was a good read with heartache and longing. And I did enjoy this read but I just felt that there was something missing. I cannot exactly put my finger on what it was either. Even still I did enjoy this book and the journey that these two men had to take together to get to where they ended up. The only negative thing I can say is at times I felt like Chris acted to much like a robot and I wish he would just let lose some and be honest with his feelings instead of causing so much heartache without giving enough hope. Maybe that is what I felt was missing from this book.