Strait Laced

Title: Strait Laced
Author: Kate Aaron
Publisher: Croft House
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 285
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Philip Lomax is a man with ambition. Getting ahead in business doesn’t leave much time for fun. Relationships aren’t part of his plan, and falling in love will have to wait.

Go-go dancer and all-round bad boy Ben is his polar opposite but they can’t seem to leave each other alone.

While Philip’s certain nothing can come of it, Ben is determined to prove Philip isn’t as strait-laced as he appears. Will opposites attract in this standalone contemporary romance?

I enjoyed this a lot! I had some niggles that didn’t let me round up to 4 stars, but overall I’m glad I decided to pick this up. I’ll keep an eye out for more stories by this author in the future.

This is a low angst, sexy, poignant, opposites attract story. It’s also deliciously British! It’s what happens when Philip, a business analyst, falls for Ben, a go go boy.

It took a while for me to warm up to Philip. He really is strait laced, and several things about him rubbed me the wrong way; for example, his shame, guilt and regret after a potential hook up or him being ashamed of Ben. I also never quite understood if he overreacted about his daddy issues, or if there was really a big problem there. In the end, though, he won me over as well.

I loved Ben. The story is told exclusively from Philip’s POV, but I think that the author did a good job with Ben’s character. He was very well sketched, although he was a mystery for the first part of the book.

Ben is a product of his environment, and Aaron nailed that part of the story. I finally understood him when I met his (lovely) family and learnt about his background. This was one of my favorite parts of the story.

There are plenty of sexy times here. Ben and Philip have great chemistry, and I loved that Philip was definitely NOT straight laced in the bedroom department.

Another thing I loved was how natural and steady paced the relationship development was. From the beginning of the book, to the “I love yous” and the nice epilogue, nothing felt rushed or forced.

I loved the writing although I thought that the narration was somewhat uneven in certain parts of the book. For instance, some (not so important) scenes were overdetailed and took up many pages, and then all of a sudden we ‘re transfered in a different scene, an important one.

I realise I might sound like I had a lot of issues with the book, but overall I enjoyed it. Don’t let my niggles discourage you from picking it up, if you like the author’s work. In the end, Ben and Philip won me over.

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