Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman.
Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.
Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but keeping him will require courage. And an end to keeping secrets.
This is a gorgeous story about an out-and-proud musician and closeted construction worker.
Tony sees Remy every day on his way to work. Remy plays his guitar on the street, and Tony thinks he's pretty good but needs words to go along with the music. So one day Tony stops and says, "Hey."
Tony, the first-person narrator, is a simple guy; he likes his job and misses his dad, who passed away a year ago. He has a boisterous, close-knit Italian family, and not one of them knows he's gay.
Tony is tired of pretending and living a lie. When his mother sets him up with yet another woman, one he happens to like but not THAT way, he reaches his breaking point.
There's very little drama in this book. Tony and Remy are amazing together. Remy is so understanding, so kind. He never pushes Tony, never shames him. The one steamy scene sizzles like WHOA! I wanted more.
Tony may not have a way with words, but Hayes does. Don't miss this romantic read about finding yourself and the one person who makes you "stronger, kinder, better."
"You're my place ... I want to plant you a tree like this one in our backyard. You can sit in the shade in the summer and play the guitar and—"
"Where will you be?" he asked.
"Next to you. Always next to you."