Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton

The Mating of Michael (Sex in Seattle, #3)
From the blurb:

Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his spare time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.  
James Gallway’s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he's lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can’t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him. 
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.

Heather's rating:

Hot, sexy, and emotional.... DAMN, Eli Easton just NAILED this one and she nailed it HARD!!

Just to set the stage, I started this book on a plane from Chicago to New York, surrounded on all sides by Orthodox Jews. And I read this in paperback. Pictured me huddled around my book so my uber-religious seat mates couldn't read about the scorching hot man-sex happening on page. And it was so freaking hot!

It isn't often that a book makes me actually cry. But this book! Gah! It was so in-your-face emotional! I felt so much for these characters: Empathy and compassion for Eli's patients, tender towards James, and so incredibly in love with Michael. I adored Michael. I found him inexplicably sexy, especially when he was doing his sex surrogacy stuff, and so sweet that it killed me.

I thought that the sex surrogacy concept was a brilliant idea for a story, and that Eli Easton handled it perfectly. It felt like therapy, and it felt necessary. I went from a disbeliever to a believer in the very first scene. The whole way that the sex surrogacy was presented was flawless- sensitive, raw, and judgement-free.

James was a more prickly character and harder to get to know, but once you get him and understand his hangups, it is hard not to love him too. His surly exterior is just a mask for his feelings of inadequacy and his self-conscious lack of dating experience. I just really understood him as a person by the end of the story. And that scene, guys, that scene with James and Michael and his feet... I dare you not to get teary-eyed!

This was honestly one of the best stories that I've read in ages. It was everything that I wanted it to be and more, and WORTH having in paperback!

Awesome work, Eli Easton!

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