Rented Heart

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Rented Heart

How does an author take a story about a rent boy and turn it into a sweet romance? I have no idea but that's what happened here. This was a really lovely story about rent boy Zac who is trying to just get by. He's overcome a drug addiction but still has no other way to make a living. One night he's standing outside a club watching a good looking guy who looks lost and alone. That guy is Liam and he is very much both of those things. He's mired in grief over the loss of his late husband. When Zac approaches him Liam throws caution to the wind and the two spend a passionate night together. What neither counts on is the fact that the genuinely like each other. They become friends and then more.

I really liked how there was little angst in this. You would think with the subject matter it would be full of drama but it wasn't. It was a quiet little story about two men finding peace in each other. I loved both of the characters. They were very different but it made total sense that they would work well together.

I enjoyed everything about this book. I thought the plot was well done and it flowed well. The characters were realistic and how they came together was believable (well as much as a rent boy story can be).

I think this is another example of how well this author writes. If you're already a fan this will be another good read for you. If you haven't read her before this is a good place to start.


Book Blurb for Rented Heart

Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the loss of his husband. Grief and loneliness keep him a solitary figure, and he likes it that way. There's no room in his broken heart for anything else.

Rentboy Zac Payne left London and most of his demons behind, but he still only knows one way to make a living. When he spots Liam in a club one night, it seems he's found his mark. But Liam proves nicer-and their connection far deeper-than he'd bargained for.

Their arrangement quickly becomes too complicated for Zac, who has other things on his mind: namely his BFF and wayward flatmate, Jamie. Zac owes Jamie the world, and even as Jamie's drug addiction destroys all they have, Zac won't leave him behind.

Besides, Liam knows nothing of Zac's home life, too caught up in his own head to think much beyond the crazy heat he and Zac share. But when trouble comes to Zac's door, putting his life in danger, Liam must set his grief and anger aside to pick up the pieces of Zac's shattered heart and his own.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2016 4.50