Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He's a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They're clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it's lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what's between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he's denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.
©2015 Silvia Violet (P)2016 Silvia Violet
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I enjoyed this story. Likes the writing and creation of the characters. Nice tone too by the narrator. Plan to get more from this author.
"Well written story + great narration = hotness"
Top10% without doubt
A the scene where the young rent boy breaks down the main character's sexual and intimate defenses
The main character. The rent boy's style of speech was slightly strange and distracting.
I think the title fits the storyline pretty well already
The story was really hot. I liked the dom/sub aspect, which I think added a lot to the story.
***4.5 stars (rounded-up)***
Who doesn’t love a story that involves a rent boy and wait for it….an age gap! Oh, and did I mention that the younger man ends up being the controlling top? Hot, right?!?! Let me just say it starts off pretty hot and just builds up from there. I am talking toys, food play and some spanking.
The story is a bit angsty. By that I mean that they both have their own thoughts of what the other thinks about them, in regards to being with someone for more than just a fuck, given their age. The plot of the book is pretty much the norm: a closeted man (Thorne) falls for his rent boy (Dash) in which neither one of them thinks that the other could want anything more. Therefore the conflict of the book being little to no communication outside of their “business” arrangement, which honestly I felt something lacking here.
Silvia Violet is not a new author for me. I have read Meteor Strike, and let me just say that this story surpasses it. She did a good job with character development and it was nice to see how Thorne and Dash’s feelings developed toward one another over time.
As for the cliffhanger, it leaves them with a HFN. Which IMO if you wanted to stop after this book you could. That is if you didn’t want to know what is on the horizon for Thorne and Dash and where their relationship might take them.
Greg Boudreaux did an amazing job with the emotion he put into the story. I felt that he did a wonderful job with each character and their voices. However, it would have been nice if his female voices had a bit more variety.
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"Fabulous story and narration"
I first read this story about a year ago and, as I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and writing, I was eager to listen to the audio version.
In a way, this is your typical May/December businessman and rent boy trope. You know the guys are going to fall in love despite all their protestations at the start that this is purely a physical undertaking in exchange for payment. What I like about this storyline is the way Silvia Violet developed her characters and their relationship gradually over time. Yes, there’s insta-attraction, but the love takes time to bloom. The sizzling chemistry between Thorne and Dash—in and out of the bedroom—makes this story hot as well as compelling. The notion that they have to keep their interaction ‘professional’ and maintain a distance provides conflict for both characters. Each wants more than the physical, but are wary of suggesting anything as such. Thus Thorne feels compelled to pay for Dash’s time, even when they are spending time together as if they are friends. And this results in the inevitable ‘break up’ because Dash misconstrues Thorne’s special offer.
Because of the nature of the story there are many sex scenes, but each one builds on the experience of the previous one and demonstrates their blossoming affection and romance. These scenes are steamy with light BDSM elements and some sexy use of food and toys. Unexpectedly, it is Thorne who demands a more dominant role from Dash and, despite being only twenty-two, he fulfils all of Thorne’s needs delightfully.
Thorne is an intriguing character. He starts off as quite prickly in nature. He is the typical rich businessman who has no time or inclination for a proper relationship. Over time, he softens as he falls in love. I liked how he becomes protective and jealous of Dash and how he wants to spend more than just Friday evenings in his company.
Dash is a confident young man with plenty of experience for the role he claims is all part of the service. He’s only doing this job to fund his training to become a chef. He helps Thorne relax and not focus on his work so much. They soon seem to be friends and Thorne is not sure if this is just part of Dash’s job. He secretly hopes it’s leading to more, as does Dash.
Much of the story is set in Thorne’s apartment: his couch, his bedroom, or his kitchen, but they do get to visit restaurants, an art gallery, an aquarium, and lake/island as well as their places of work. We don’t find out too much about their pasts. It’s all about their interaction now, the romance, and how they are going to deal with their feelings. Neither of them feels confident enough to say they want to move beyond the professional and go on a proper date. Thorne feels he has to pay for Dash’s time. And because he’s rich he can afford to do just that.
I thought the ‘break up’ when it came was a little contrived and Dash’s reaction was a out of character. But it made for a few angst-filled weeks while they were apart. The making up was sweet, although I kept wondering why they wanted to take it slow this time around and delay their get together. The ending is HFN and there are two more stories in the series to enjoy.
The narration by Greg (aka Greg Tremblay) is excellent. He brings the storyline and characters to life. His voice and pace kept my attention throughout. Greg makes the love scenes sizzle even more, if that’s possible. The characters’ voices are distinctive and I particularly liked the sexy voice he gave to Thorne. There are quite a few internalized thoughts, but he made it perfectly when it was a character’s inner thoughts rather than spoken words.
"A May/December romance, with a naughty twist."
Yes I would. It's very well written and conveyed.
The way the relationship between Thorne and Dash developed slowly over time.
Shout out to Say Anything, the movie with John Cusack. Can't say more, you'll just have to listen.
I hate this question. The title the Author gave the book is perfect, why mess with perfection?
Oh but I seriously enjoyed this book. Violet wove an amazing story for Thorne and Dash and Boudreaux does a fantastic job of bringing these characters, the Author's words to life. Early on you realize that Thorne has this unnatural need to be in control of everything, except in the bedroom. He allows himself one night a week to acquiesce that control and allow someone else to tell him what to do, to help him release all the pent up anxiety and stress. That's where Dash comes into play, pun intended. What starts out as a strictly business relationship slowly evolves into so much more. Dash pulls Thorne out of himself, shows him how to unwind and live.
Boudreaux is an auto buy for me much like his alter-ego, Tremblay. I don't think there is a character he can't bring to life. He also has this uncanny ability to convey the characters emotions in a way that you can feel what they are feeling while listening. Of course, he's only as good as the story which is where the Author comes in. Violet wrote such a great story, a May/December romance with a twist. Definitely a must listen!
"i loved it"
Awesome audio book with superb narration. The characters voices were so wonderfully distinctive. Excellent story with amazing chemistry between the main characters. And lots of hot delicious sexy action that is woven seamlessly within the story. A must read erotic romance. 5 star narration and 5 star story.
"Top Recommendation for a fantastic story!"
Well, mark me down as a new fan of Silvia Violet. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I can tell you right now-it was a 5-star read for me. I loved the characters, the storyline, and oh my goodness those naughty scenes were simply fantastic!
I'll be the first to tell you that I am not normally a fan of really big age gaps between the main characters in romances. Here we have a twenty-year gap, but right from the start of the story I can say that I honestly didn't give it any thought--even when the characters were bringing it up as a possible issue. I was much too caught up in the incredibly intense relationship that built up between Thorne and Dash to even give it a second thought. The chemistry between them is absolutely unreal, and it makes for some explosive erotic scenes between them...and those scenes are plentiful-to be expected considering Dash is after all a rent boy/escort. But don't be put off by the amount of those scenes-there is plenty of story going on between Thorne and Dash outside of the bedroom as well.
Thorne is used to working non-stop, using money to fix problems, while relegating sex to something that is a time slot on his weekly schedule just to give him some release from his continually busy life. He's afraid of a relationship, hence using an escort for those weekly appointments. When Dash walks into that weekly spot after Thorne's regular escort is no longer available, he turns Thorne's world topsy-turvy, causing Thorne to change the way he thinks--and Thorne does the same to Dash.
The two of them together are a perfect match, but just when you think everything will end all roses and smiles...one of them makes a mistake. By that point, I was desperately reading at mach speed trying to find out what happens because I just cannot imagine the two of them not ending up together.
Loved the story, adored the characters, and the way Dash and Thorne interact in and out of the bedroom had me not wanting to put this book down for any reason. Like I couldn't wait to say earlier--5 stars for Professional Distance, and this is a top recommendation for me in M/M erotic romance. Recommended to everyone 18+ who's a fan of this genre (adult language and explicit M/M sexual content that will have you needing extra batteries...and a lot of cold drinks...and cranking the a/c and fans on high...no, I'm not exaggerating). I'm immediately diving in to the next book, Personal Entanglement because I can't get enough of Thorne and Dash!
The narration: I've listened to Greg Boudreaux narrate other books, and have always enjoyed his narration immensely. Here in Professional Distance, I thought he truly outdid himself. Forget about making the characters come to life, he made it seem like I was right there alongside them. The voices he used for Thorne and Dash portrayed them perfectly, and oh my goodness Dash's voice in particular...I think he affected me just as much as he did Thorne. He made Dash's voice incredibly sensuous, making him sound so far past sexy to the point where I don't think anyone would be able to turn him down. I sure wouldn't be able to. Both Thorne and Dash's emotions-especially in the intimate scenes-shone through their voices.
If I could give the narration a thousand stars I would--this is so far my absolute top recommendation for an M/M romance audiobook. I can't wait to listen to more in Personal Entanglement!
"laugh and cried"
This was great book it was Pretty Woman and every romance rolled into one I love this book can't wait for the next
"more of a porn"
This story had great promise but it was not achieved until the last 2-3 chapters. there was more sex than anything in this story. The characters desires changed from just sex to more kinky to some how a romance. Pretty Woman for the gay man is not this.
I like this book it was informative about different relationships and sweet I will listen to it again
It was a brilliant book and would recommend it to anyone. very easy to read and understand what was going on.
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