Title: New Tricks
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
In matters of the heart, there’s no such thing as business as usual.
Thomas Stepford spent years building a very successful business and now at thirty-nine, he wants a quieter life. With his parents needing help, he decides to return home. He can’t get away from business completely and needs an assistant—but the man who is hired isn’t quite what he had in mind.
Brandon Wilson, the ink on his degree barely dry, needs a job, and his mother helps him get one as Mr. Stepford’s assistant. Thomas doesn’t seem to remember, but Brandon worked mowing the stunningly attractive older man’s lawn years ago. Thomas was Brandon’s teenage fantasy, and now he’s Brandon’s boss.
Thomas and Brandon are both determined to keep their relationship strictly business, but the old attraction is still there. They learn to work together even as the tension between them reaches the boiling point. But just as they start to surrender, Thomas’s old life in New York calls him. Even if he resists that pull, can their newfound relationship survive when Brandon receives the call of his dreams… from Hollywood?
Thomas Stepford has made his mark on New York City building an extremely successful business, but with his parents getting older, and Thomas becoming more lonely and work-tired, he makes the decision to move back home to Colorado Springs. Since his assistant is unwilling to move with him they decide to hire someone local to help keep Thomas’s life running smoothly, while his assistant Marjorie remains overseeing the New York office and most of Thomas’s calendar, travel, etc.
Brandon Wilson’s grandmother, who’s best friends with Thomas’s mother, suggests Brandon apply for the position and though Brandon is hesitant at first, because his dream is to work in the entertainment industry, with no job offers coming his way he applies for and gets the job.
Brandon quickly slots perfectly into Thomas’ life, with their connection being undeniable. From the beginning the spark between Thomas and Brandon is palpable and they eventually begin a relationship, vowing to remain professional during work hours. There’s plenty to be worked out between them, not the least of which is Thomas’s worry about their age difference (39/25), and the fact they work together, but their love is strong and true and a happy ending is definitely found by the end.
I had a minor issue with the side story about Thomas’s ex, Angus. Mainly the way Angus is presented at first, which downplays the horror of what happened between them. However, it wasn’t enough to impact my enjoyment of the story.