Title ~ Fit For The Job
Author ~ Darien Cox
Published ~ 14th July 2014
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary
When fitness professional Jay Capello is unexpectedly offered the job of training a movie star’s teenage daughter for the summer, he thinks he’s scored a fairly cushy gig. But once let inside the locked gates of the actor’s residence, he begins to realize he’s been dropped into a web of family secrets, and the unconventional challenges of this assignment may be more than he can handle. But when he starts to fall for Bodie, the girl’s personal security guard, he tries to stick with it, and his simple summer commitment becomes a struggle to perform his job duties without losing his heart in the process.
Holy fucking gorgeous, Batman! I loved this one! Darien Cox has done it again! Fit For The Job is definitely one of those books I couldn't put down once I started reading. The story took me captive but Darien’s skilful narrative style went one step further, I was glued to the pages and didn't want the book to end. Ever!
Bodie is the typical broody-moody alpha-always-in-control-male. At first he appears hard and gruff but it doesn’t take long to see his sadness and the baggage he is troubled by, his work with the army as a member of a counter terrorism unit has taken its toll. Now he works as a security guard for the famous actor Eben Wright, who happens to be his cousin, and he's responsible for the wellbeing of Eben’s daughter Sassy. Bodie loves his spoiled and difficult niece, and is determined to do everything in his power to protect the girl with the potty mouth.
“Great to finally meet you,” Jay said. “I’m looking forward to our workouts. Tell me, what do you like to do for exercise?”
“Masturbate,” she said, eyes still on the television.
You can’t not fall in love with Jay, an open minded and carefree guy who is applying for a job as Sassy’s personal fitness trainer. He’s a free spirit and his cheerfulness is contagious. When he starts to work with the teenager he soon realises that Bodie's guarding of the girl isn’t only a security thing. There’s much more going on in the Wright mansion and little by little he begins to find out more. What doesn’t change is his attraction to the hot guy with the few random dreadlocks and a black barbell pierced in his left eyebrow. Jay doesn’t delude himself though, having a summer fling with the hot security guard is probably off the cards anyway. Bodie seems to be more the silent badass, no feelings, cyborg type. But who knows? :)
“Change doesn’t ask permission first when it comes barging through the door.”
Both characters are just wonderfully elaborated, and they have this freaking hot chemistry, despite all the things popping up to mess with them. Darien did a wonderful job of conveying the heart and soul of these two guys, and when the heat turns up, it gets damn hot!
The sex is sheet burning and off the charts on the hotness factor, their chemistry just sizzles on the screen! It’s either slow and romantic, rough and steamy, or smoking hot and passionate and their kissing… OMG… Darien writes the kissing scenes so brilliant you almost don’t want the guys to go any further. Who needs to read sex scenes when already the kisses are so bloody hot and passionate? The lip action in this book is definitely some of the best I've ever read.
Time stood still’ wasn’t a term Jay ever understood until then, because the kissing seemed to go on and on. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d simply sat on a porch and made out with someone for ages, satisfied with the simple eroticism of another mouth, the intimacy of it as a soft, warm breeze caressed them.
It continued for an eternity, tongues tasting and exploring, lips gliding. Confident now that Bodie’s enthusiasm matched his own, Jay relaxed into it, letting himself go, kissing the other man as passionately as he desired.
The supporting characters are really well done. Jay’s mum Theresa (what a lovable, crazy, pushy and quirky woman), Sylvia and Nate, both of them members of the security team in the Wright mansion, Sazzy… yes, she seems to be spoiled and misguided, but underneath you find a smart, lovable kid and Eben, the famous actor, who is used to getting anything he wants but knows too well that fame comes at a price. First I didn’t like him but he grew on me pretty fast.
Darien’s writing is powerful, gripping, emotional and captivating, he creates wonderful characters and a sexy, emotionally charged story line. I really appreciated that Darien works with alternating points of views. You get both Jay and Bodie’s perspective, a writing style I value because it’s just perfect to witness the thoughts of both main characters. I didn’t feel like I was watching from the side-line, I lived within the story, I laughed, smiled and cursed with the guys. The ending left me with a dreamy sigh… if you are a sucker for sappy HEAs you are going to love it as much as I did.
Overall, Fit For The Job is another excellent story written by Darien Cox. It’s an entertaining mix of love, hurt and mystery, brim-full with sexual tension, some absolutely awesome kiss and love scenes, a not too angsty plot full of twists and turns and a lovable cast of supporting characters. The heroes are adorable with their sweetness, their hotness and their flaws. It’s definitely a book that has already gone in my favourite reads of 2014 so I’m looking forward to reading Darien’s next masterpiece.
A Word From Darien Cox
Thanks so much to Tina and Sinfully Sexy for inviting me back again, and allowing me to blab a bit about my new release, ‘Fit for the Job’. This book almost didn’t happen, because I’m a dumbass. Those are my friend Curtis’s words, not mine, but I’m grateful now to have that friend who will tell you when you’re being a dumbass. A bit of backstory – bear with me while I turn on the way-back machine.
After my first year of college, when it became apparent I was leaning toward journalism and mass media, my father took me aside to have a talk about my future. When I was little he got a kick out of me winning silly poetry contests and such, but now that I was talking about making my writing hobby a career, he didn’t find it so cute anymore. My dad was a lawyer, and told me he thought I should go into business of some sort. This isn’t an angsty romance novel plot – He didn’t say it in an ‘I’m here to crush your dreams, kid!’ sort of way. It was more of an ‘I really don’t want you to starve’ type message. After I spouted a lot of ‘Shut up, YOU don’t know’ and ‘You just don’t get creativity’ hoopla, I gave what he said some thought, and compromised.
I still got my journalism degree, but went into more corporate and technical writing for my day job. It wasn’t as soul-crushing as I’d anticipated when I was eighteen, and I still got to explore my ‘creativity’ by writing fiction on the side, getting stories published in various venues – more mainstream stuff than I’m writing now. It went on like this for a long time, all respectable and stuff. I had a good job and published stories I could let people like my aunties read without fear of embarrassment. But a couple years back, the winds of fate shifted and I started writing erotic romance—then the whole damn cycle started again. My father had since passed away, he died very young, but I’ve still got my mom, and her reaction was “I wish you’d go back to writing something we could actually TELL people about.” Suddenly I felt like I was eighteen again (with a few extra lines around my eyes), that I was making the wrong choice, a BAD choice. But I did it anyway, which brings us back to the present and my new release, ‘Fit for the Job.’
I started the story quite a while ago. I’d already brainstormed the idea and done a rough outline. I’d done a ton of research: Talked with friends in the fitness industry to make sure I handled Jay’s character right. I contacted my cousin with the ‘If I told you I’d have to kill you’ military job to help develop Bodie’s character. And I wrote the first two chapters. Then I stuffed it away and ignored it. Time passed…and passed. The document gathered dust and cobwebs and spiders, and still I wrote nothing more. I have exactly four good friends that know I write romance (not counting my editor, Skyla, who is the best), and three of those friends take great glee in mocking me for it. They don’t actually *read* my romance books mind you, but apparently the very idea makes them snicker.
But then there’s Curtis, who not only beta reads for me, but seems to look forward to each new book, so of course I like him best.
But he’s also that brutally honest friend that you want to strangle half the time. (As a side note, for those who’ve read my novel ‘Guys on Top’ Curtis is who I based Corey on, and like Corey he has no filters and vocalizes every random thought that pops into his weird brain.) I had let Curtis read the first (and only) two chapters of ‘Fit for the Job’ when I wrote them, and eventually he noticed I hadn’t written a dam thing since. “What the hell’s up with that story about the movie star family and the personal trainer? I want to know what happens,” he said. The truth was I’d started to second guess if I wanted to write romance anymore, so I said something like “I’m not feeling it, I don’t want to write some Jackie Collins, gay version of Hollywood Wives or something, it’s stupid.” Curtis said “So DON’T, dumbass. Write your own story. Write like you. Or did you forget that you’re the one in control, being the AUTHOR and all?”
Since my Jackie Collins excuse didn’t work, I came clean and said “Maybe I should just go back to writing stuff with no butt sex that my family and friends can read blah blah blah.” Curtis said, “What the hell is this ‘should’ stuff? Do you LIKE writing romance?” Yeah, I do. “Do you have fun writing romance?” Yeah, I do. “Then stop being a dumbass. Finish the book so I can see what happens.”
And so I did. And I’m really glad I did, because if I hadn’t, I’d never have gotten to fall in love with Jay and Bodie. And getting to fall in love while you work isn’t such a bad deal, I realize now. Even if I can’t show it to my aunties. Even if some of my friends snicker behind my back…and in front of my face. So I likely will continue to write about romance and butt sex, because what the hell. It’s fun.
So I hope you all enjoy ‘Fit for the Job’ as much as I did while writing it. Thanks so much for reading.
About The Author
Darien Cox lives in New England, bouncing back and forth between the mountain and the ocean states, anywhere there’s a wave or a ski slope. A nature lover and thrill seeker, he enjoys exploring the intensity, insanity, humor and chaos that accompanies cupid’s arrow, whether it’s love at first sight or just the overwhelming power of lust. Mystery, thriller, and paranormal elements are occasionally tossed in to further spice up the mix, because let’s face it—sometimes the world is not enough.
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