Saturday, April 1, 2017

Book Review: At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere by L.A. Witt

Blackjack dealer and stripper Adrian West has lived in Las Vegas long enough to be numb to beggars on the Strip. Their destitution is a sad, ugly part of reality in a city where people win or lose it all at the tables every single day.

So he’s at a loss to explain why the homeless man in the suit catches his eye. Why he can’t just keep on walking like he always does.

Former advertising executive Max Reynolds is a Las Vegas cliché. After a run of bad luck costs him his boyfriend, his job, and his home, he’s decided to go out with a bang—a week of high-rolling capped off with a peaceful overdose in a luxury hotel room.

When a last second epiphany keeps him from finishing the job, he’s ready to live again… but he doesn’t have a dime to his name. He has nothing.

That is until a stranger takes him in off the street. Max may have hit rock bottom, but now he has a glimmer of hope and an unexpected friendship.

A friendship that just might turn into everything neither man knew he was missing.

Dani's rating:

Even though Witt has mad skills, I don't always mesh with her work. But this book? Yeah, this book is a Must Read, you guys!

It has all the elements I love:

- scorching HEAT (hot, hotter, HOTTEST; all the passionate kisses did me in.)

- complex, vulnerable MCs (I fell in love with Max and Adrian almost immediately.)

- strong focus on the relationship

- no drama (and no insta love, either)

- well-developed sense of place (I've spent a lot of time in Vegas and lived in Los Angeles; I could tell L.A. Witt has too. She knows these cities: not just the touristy stuff you can Google, but the heartbeat of the streets.)

- minimum angst, despite the heavy themes of loss, suicidal thoughts, and homelessness

- truly well-earned, romantic HEA

Adrian is a blackjack dealer and stripper (and occasional rent boy). One night, when he's walking to his car he sees a man in a suit sitting by the Bellagio fountain. The man has a sign, a backpack, and a couple crumpled bills in a cup.

Adrian walks right past him. But he turns around. Something about the man calls to him.

Max used to be a successful ad executive. Until he lost everything: his job, his home, his boyfriend. Out of thousands of strangers, Adrian is the only one who stops and sees him.

I liked the way Witt handled Adrian's sex work (and trust me when I say that I'm not a fan of rent boy stories).

At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere isn't a long book, but it doesn't feel rushed. The men are open and honest with each other, and the tenderness between them is a beautiful thing.

I'm so glad I gave this one a chance!

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