Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Xavier’s Way


Title: Xavier’s Way
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publisher URL: http://www.etopia-press.net/
ISBN: 978-1-936751-04-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Stratler Homes, the construction company owned by Xavier De Los Santos, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. He’s having problems with his vendors and it looks like his ex-fiancé embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before disappearing out of his life. To keep his business solvent, he’s desperate to recover as much of his missing money as possible and to do that, he hires the services of Belten and Belten, the prestigious law and accounting firm.

Jordan Belten is the accounting half of the company and he’s nearly struck speechless with desire on seeing their gorgeous new client. Xavier might be straight but that doesn’t mean Jordan can’t enjoy looking at the man everyday as he works to audit his records and discover whether his financial woes is the work of his ex-fiancé. What Jordan doesn’t know is the Xavier isn’t straight. The attraction simmers hot and intense between the men -- the question is what will they do about it?

Xavier’s Way is the newest release by author Diana DeRicci. The blurb for this one caught my attention immediately, and I knew I had to read it. It has all the components needed for an enjoyable read – two hot men, suspense, betrayal, theft and a voyage of discovery. As you can tell, there’s a lot going on in this story but at its center is Xavier, and his sudden realization that he’s attracted to men and how he goes about dealing with it. I liked how the author allowed Xavier the time he needed to get comfortable with his new feelings – how he and Jordan started off as friends before moving their relationship into that of lovers.

Overall, I liked the development of Xavier’s personality, although I must admit, there are times when dealing with his feelings for Jordan that he seems a little immature for someone of his age and responsibilities. Even so, he and Jordan are well suited and as the story closes they have a great potential for a happily-ever-after. If there’s one thing I could wish for, it would be that the ending be just a little longer, as it seemed a bit abrupt.

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