Title: New Tricks
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11th, 2018
Page Count: 202
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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?
I really enjoyed reading this story. I felt like the characters were genuine and I loved the homey feeling.
Thomas Stepford has spent the last 21 years building an empire for himself, but his life in New York City is killing him… literally. He’s got to slow down before his body gives out on him and he’s only 39. He’s decided to move back home to Colorado Springs to be closer to his parents and to try to live a slower life. His assistant, Marjorie, hires him a local assistant, Brandon, who seems familiar.
Brandon Wilson has finished college with an MBA and can’t find a job. He’ll take anything at this point. So, when his grandmother gives him a lead on an assistant position, he sends in his resume. Come to find out, he’ll be assisting his teenage crush, Thomas Stepford. But he’s sure he can keep everything professional… maybe.
There was one aspect of this story that didn’t sit right with me, unfortunately. From the start it seemed strange that Thomas had only had one relationship and yeah, it ended badly, but once the truth comes out and it was a harrowing experience, I am surprised he wasn’t more guarded than he was. It seemed like the experience he went through was glazed over, which I found a little weird.
I absolutely loved Brandon’s character. He was so confident and went after what he wanted in all aspects of his life. And I loved how Thomas was the dominant force, however, when work was through, he really just needed to be taken care of, which Brandon did brilliantly.
Honestly, the main characters were made for each other and I felt that in the writing from the start. It was a fun, exciting read with a clear path and an ending that left me feeling good.