Author ~ Ashley John
Published ~ 15th July 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
After years of travelling the world using his trust fund, college-dropout Joshua Silverton returns to London to discover two shocking truths; his estranged and wealthy father has been dead for over a year and he left his fortune to a total stranger. Joshua soon meets the man who stole his inheritance and even though he expects to hate Ezra Steele, he can’t ignore the strange attraction he suddenly feels towards him.
Bill Silverton saved Ezra Steele from his troubled past when he signed Silverton Tower over to him on his deathbed. Ezra now has the house, the business, the cars, the money and a different man in his bed every night. It’s a life he wants to cling to, so when Bill’s gorgeous son unexpectedly turns up and demands he hand everything back, his life is turned upside down in more ways than one.
A need to finally prove himself to his dead father forces Joshua to challenge Ezra but will he be able to ignore the attraction in order to be ruthless? Ezra tries to keep his enemies close by getting Joshua into his bed but as history catches up with him, he is forced to face himself. They are both running from their past, so in a battle between head and heart, Joshua and Ezra must choose what is more important – money or each other.
This is a standalone gay romance novel (no cliffhanger). Contains steamy sex between a tattooed traveller and a sexy CEO
Ezra Steele is just the kind of man most people would hate. As head of Silverton Industries Ezra is rich, arrogant, having sex with a different nameless twink every night and thinking of himself in the third person, but Ezra has a past that most people don’t know about and he isn’t looking to share that information. Being left a fortune and a business when Bill Silverton died saved Ezra and he will do what he has to in order to keep it.
Joshua Silverton is the kind of man you want to hate for totally different reasons. A rich kid that never had to take responsibility for any of his actions, he has spent the last seven years partying around the world with his best friend Levi. At 18 he left school and cut contact with his family except for keeping his cousin Violet up to date on his travels. Back in London for Violet’s wedding, he is counting the days until he can leave. He is hoping to avoid his father, but his money is running out and he is debating making contact again. Before he can even make a final decision on that he finds out that the man he hasn’t spoken to in seven years has been dead for a year and has left nothing to Joshua.
When Ezra and Joshua meet in a bar, Joshua is surprised by his attraction since he has always considered himself straight. Ezra is intrigued by Joshua especially after the two do nothing more than share some kisses and then fall asleep together, something Ezra has never done before. When the two meet again things go horribly as Joshua finds Ezra installed in his father’s old office, running the company Joshua never wanted. In order for Joshua to get back his father’s business and money he will have to take it from Ezra. In order for Ezra to hold onto what he has, he will need to keep it away from Joshua. What better way for both men to reach their goals than for Joshua to work for Ezra at the company he grew to hate?
I enjoyed all the ups and downs of the relationship and the two initially unlikeable main characters managed to find their way into my heart. Obviously both men have more to them than meets the eye. Both are hurt and flawed and trying to break away from their pasts.
Ashley John did a good job with the push and pull of their lust-hate relationship. I enjoyed the intrigue as their business and personal relationships changed and Joshua struggled with whether he should fight to take Ezra down (and why he even wanted to) while Ezra tried not to let his personal feelings cloud the potential dangers in letting Joshua have a place in the business, even as he knew the Board members would try to use Joshua against him for their own gain. There was real tension as the lawyers and certain family members tried their hardest to convince Joshua that Ezra manipulated his father on his deathbed even though the man he was growing closer to was nothing like that, but as secrets are exposed and loyalties are questioned everything they were building together suddenly seems to be crashing down.
Good secondary characters including Johsua’s level-headed cousin Violet, his borderline sleazy best friend Levi and Ezra’s younger brother Felix added emotional support and some humor. I really felt the sexual tension between Ezra and Joshua and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the angry, hate sex was very hot, but I really liked the slow build of their feelings for each other. The story had a good mix of family drama, sex, angst and up and down emotions and despite its length it moved along quickly. This was my first read by Ashley John, but it won’t be my last.