Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Bid For Love


Title: A Bid For Love
Author: T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-736-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When he first agreed to participate in auctioning himself off as in charity event, FBI agent Asher Hall thought it was a good idea, but the closer the night came for the black-tie affair, the more uncomfortable he became. After he’s ‘sold off’, he heads off to Italy for a romantic weekend, curious and a little anxious to meet the anonymous winning bidder of his auction. What he finds is someone more male and familiar than he ever expected.

FBI agent Scott Jamison has been a good friend and partner to Asher for several years and during that time has fallen in love with the man. When the chance arises to get him alone, Scott jumps at it and is willing to go bankrupt to show Asher how good they can be together.

The question is whether the two men can make a life in the real world while still keeping the jobs they love.

A Bid For Love is the latest release by the writing team of T.D. McKinney and Terry Wylis. It’s a cute, endearing and often funny novella length story of two friends who turn into lovers.

I’ll admit up front that I really liked the unique and creative auction premise that these two talented authors came up with and thoroughly enjoyed the process the men went through as they admitted their feelings. Once Asher gets past his anger and hurt at what he thinks initially is a joke, his intimate relationship with Scott builds quickly. There’s bantering conversation, sweet seducing romance and tenderness but lots of passion and blistering hot sex, too.

Once they get back home there are a number of secondary characters, Holly and Noah in particular, who help round out the plot nicely. As expected most of the other agents in Scott and Asher’s office aren’t exactly gay friendly so having an undercover operation take place in a gay bar, forcing Noah and others to be actively involved is a hoot.

There’s not much angst in this story but if you’re looking for a pleasant way to spend a leisurely afternoon then this lighthearted, character driven romance should fit the bill nicely.

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