Title: Marshall: Book 1 – Mayfair Model series
Author: Claire Castle
Publisher: Claire Castle
Release Date: March 13th, 2019
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Handsome model, Marshall Easton, is at the top of his game. His successful career allows him to enjoy lucrative international modelling contracts and attend lavish parties. He also has a stellar reputation of the utmost professionalism in front of the camera. But looks can be deceiving—and he’s hiding his biggest secret from everyone, including himself. The only thing keeping him sane these days is coming home to Jess, his new dog.
Fabulous Stuart Livingston loves living his life to the fullest. He is free spirited and enjoys doing what he wants. Although he’s an artist at heart, his love of animals leads him to a new dog walking job. When he meets the adorable Jess but not the elusive owner, he has no idea what to expect.
Can Stuart and Jess help Marshall see that the man on the runway is deserving of being his true self and finding real happiness?
This book melted my heart. The way Claire Castle describes the feelings of her characters is inspiring and I lived for the dialogue between them.
Marshall is a closeted runway/ad model with a reputation for being gruff. He has no one in his life but his overbearing homophobic mother because giving anything away would potentially ruin him. Since he adopted Jess, his pretty puppy, he has something to look forward to at the end of each day.
Stuart is an artist and a dog walker. When he takes up a new client, Jess, he realizes he’s never met the owner, but can feel the desolation from his space when he’s in his home. After a one night hookup with a nameless man, Stuart can’t believe it when he sees him again…and is the owner of Jess.
I loved both MC’s. They were true to their character and honest and at times very raw. They both gave and gave without reservation and it was so fun to read their story.
The dialogue was engaging, sweet, sexy and fun. Stuart was snarky and kind and I was overwhelmed at the feelings that Marshall could convey through his stuttering words and gestures.