By Silvia Violet
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
*This book is a companion story to the Thorne and Dash series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone.*
Marc longs for a grand romance, but he doubts he’ll ever be that lucky. Then he meets Darius, an arrogant tailor who pushes all his buttons. When Darius offers him a job, Marc hesitates—he needs a direction for the future, not another man who doesn’t believe in relationships.
Darius lives by a few unbreakable rules: never sleep with employees, fashion should be simple, and romance is for fools. Marc, with his shimmery sweater collection, makes him want to break every single one.
They quickly give in to desire, but Darius wants to protect himself and Marc refuses to repeat past mistakes. It’s only when they let go of assumptions, that love has a chance to take hold.
I simply adored this book! Loved it! And yes, I want to gush about how much I enjoyed it!
First off, the bantering dialogue had to be some of the most deadpan hilarious yet searing hot talk I’ve ever read. It never missed a beat.
Readers were introduced to Marc – Riley’s best friend – in author Silvia Violet’s preceding series focused on Riley and Thorne, and heard about Thorne’s amazing tailor Darius, but I doubt anyone would have guessed the explosive dynamics that would ignite when these two met. Violet captures the essence of spontaneous combustion with Darius and Marc, but in her spellbinding art of storytelling, she makes it believable, entrancing, enchanting, and romantic – and seriously off-the-charts hot. I couldn’t help but fall in love with these two larger than life characters. Darius’ mentor and adopted grandmother figure Clarice is a hoot: spot-on calling out Darius, but always in his best interests and from the heart, and it felt so right to include Thorne and Riley in the throes of the story.
Violet poignantly builds on the evolving intimacy between these two vulnerable characters, both of whom face their own insecurities and fears about relationships. The reader can’t help but fall captive to their instantaneous physical lust and eventual emotional commitment. Marc and Darius connected on a much deeper level than either wanted to admit, but it quickly escalated once the two finally surrendered to admitting their feelings and not simply acting on them.
Oh, and kudos, too, to Violet for generating a story around a unique coupling of complementary professions, tailoring and costumery.
This was a pleasant and totally enjoyable read… I’ll be smiling about it and recommending it for quite some time to come!
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader’s Copy and provided a review.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 8, 2017.