Amelia C. Gormley
Contemporary romance
Available from Self
ISBN: 978-1-47626-794-4
July 2012

Handyman Derrick Chance has pretty much lived a solitary life for the past ten years. He has a dog, an inherited house with no mortgage, and a few close friends he sees occasionally. Losses in the past have had a significant effect on his present life. He's comfortable in his practical approach to living. Romance is a ship that sailed until he meets new client Gavin Hayes. The sparks fly but starting anything personal may not be in the cards. Gavin is still dealing with the aftermath of a emotionally abusive relationship, while Derrick is hesitant to take a chance on love. Will love be enough for these men to conquer past demons?

I liked this book. In fact, I liked it very much. At the heart of this engaging story is the simmering relationship between Derrick and Gavin. The characters are well-defined, allowing the reader to really connect with their story. The pacing is a nice slow simmer to a rather heated boil. The story is told from Derrick's point of view and I like his voice in the relationship. The author doesn't deliberately push the story where it didn't want to go. She uses restraint to fully develop all the characters and plot line. She also tackles some current societal issues with aplomb. This is the first book I've read by the author. I would say well done and I'm anxiously waiting the next book in the continuing series. The ending sets the course for the next story, so some issues aren't resolved. Interia is a fitting title in relation to the plot but I was more than energized with this marvelous read.

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Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Beverly
August 3, 2012

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