Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Bricklayer

Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63476-080-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Mike Brown’s been employed as a bricklayer for nine years. He’s come to realize how much he enjoys working on renovating older houses and is happy for the opportunity to work on a conservatory for a Victorian home. There he meets Ash, the landscaper hired to redo the backyard, when he falls over some of the bricklaying equipment. To apologize, Mike asks Ash out to dinner and the two are soon dating.

When Mike is moved from his current project to another and given an unwanted promotion, his stress level sky rockets, and despite doing a good job he’s fired for incompetence in less than two weeks. There’s been a problem on a past job and someone was injured and Mike is blamed. Now he has to find out who’s really behind the poor brickwork since he wasn’t responsible and stop the coming lawsuit before he’s sued and loses his license.

The Bricklayer is the third release in the Workplace Encounters series by Serena Yates. Please be aware that despite being part of a series the characters aren’t interconnected and the book can be read as a standalone.

I like both Mike and Ash. They’re honest, hardworking and pleasant guys and Ms. Yates did a nice job developing their personalities. Their meeting isn’t unexpected but that doesn’t mean the beginning of the relationship isn’t sweet and they aren’t cute together. I have to admit it was almost too cute and easy-going initially that it seemed a little slow and I kept thinking that something needed to happen to move things along. Finally it did and Mike lost his job. It’s a typical occurrence in many books and movies but the reason behind it is creative and leads to a rush of activity throughout the remainder of the story. 

While the guy behind Mike’s trouble isn’t a surprise, how Mike and Ash got the information they needed to expose him is well done. I also enjoyed the scene where they confronted Mike’s boss with the truth. Unfortunately I found the ending with Mike taking Ash home to meet his family totally anti-climatic. So, if you like a light read with little conflict, this book will work for you.

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