Author ~ Sam B. Morgan
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Published ~ 17th January 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Two years ago, Jeremy Lanzo's life almost fell apart when he fell for his boss and the golden prince of McIntyre Corporation, Benjamin McIntyre, the Third. After being ruthlessly rejected, he swore off the blue-eyed blond and did everything in his power never to cross paths with Ben again.
Now the two of them have been chosen to lead the company's largest project to date; a lavish hotel in Sydney, Australia. Working and residing with Ben is difficult enough, but Ben's continued attempts to make amends and re-kindling their broken friendship may prove more tempting than either of them can handle.
Love By Design – Oh myyyy. A tale of family dynamics mixed with boss and subordinate forbidden… nay… rejected love.
Ben is the Prince-in-waiting to all his father owns. He is talented, dashing, charming and the ultimate catch. No one closes a deal better than Ben. He’s a gift his father keeps control of. Jeremy is the company’s lead designer. An artist at heart who turned his talent into producing architectural designs as stunning as his Mediterranean looks. Jeremy is also a man, who gave his heart to Ben – only to have it stamped upon.
The story opens at a gathering announcing the latest company venture. It is also where the main characters are introduced. Ben’s genuine charm comes through. Addison is the no bullshit, efficient best friend. And Jeremy is described as a pretentious genius, but no one knows the walls he’s had to erect to protect himself from further emotional harm.
I immediately felt for and connected with Jeremy. Maybe it was because I read the blurb and have a soft spot for heartbroken characters who carefully construct walls around them. The relationship between Ben and Jeremy is complicated. After all, two years previous Ben ran, sending Jeremy into hiding.
Ben and Jeremy - both fighting emotions of hurt, regret, and fantasies, must find some middle ground to function in the same proximity. It proves harder than either expected. The field of high-powered contract winning makes people put on fronts, which later, have to be addressed, as the scenes blurred the lines of professionalism, want, and need.
Right from the off, sexual tension jumps off the page. The author does an excellent job of conveying not only the physical imagery of the scenes but the sensitivity and anguish happening beneath the surface. Every one of Ben’s actions was drawing Jeremy to a place of emotional hell. Which, from a reading viewpoint, was absolutely delicious. Then, when the sexual tension became too much and the walls came tumbling down – daaauuummm.
What followed was a battle of heart over family expectation. The influence of money, power and the realisation of what some people truly cared about. What would each do to protect the other, and was the price of happiness too big to pay? You’ll have to read it to find out.
This story touched my heart and had me absorbed for hours.