There’s nothing attractive about a twenty-four year old virgin, especially not one who blushes every time a hot dude looks his way. But I can’t help the heat that ripples through me every time I see Cole Maguire. And the clench of my heart when I realise how unhappy he is. He’s a city boy with a baby on his hip—we have nothing in common—but if he can teach me how to own my sexuality, perhaps I can teach him he’s worth loving.
I don’t like horses. But I love my daughter, and there’s nothing I won’t do for her, including leaving the city for life on a farm. I’m ready for that, but I’m not ready for blushing stable hands who make my heart race and my blood run hot. Toby has no idea how beautiful he is. I can teach him that, if he can handle the heat, but after one night with him…damn.
Maybe it’s me that has a lot to learn.
The Sex Coach is an MM summer romance with first times, a virgin stable hand, a single dad pilates teacher, and guaranteed happy ending.
Toby’s 24, hot, single and filled with insecurities. Insecurities that come from being a 24 year old virgin. Add to this the fact that he works on a ranch filled with hot men…men who are confident in their sexuality and in their relationships and it’s not hard to see where his insecurities are coming from even though every one of these men care very much about him. In spite of all this Toby still knows that he’s the only single unattached male on the farm…or at least he is until Cole.
Cole’s a single dad who’s left the city for life on a farm in order to be closer to his baby girl. He’s ready for a life of solitude and isolation. All he wants is to be near his daughter and focus on being the best dad he can…at least that’s what he thought he wanted until he laid eyes on Toby.
More than anything I loved the sweet undertone of first love that this story held. Toby’s never been in love before, he’s never had sex with a man and he has no clue how attractive he is. Luckily for him, Cole’s more than willing to teach Toby everything he wants to know about sex with a man. After all Cole’s not a virgin, he’s had sex with men on more than a few occasions but what he doesn’t expect is to learn what it’s like to make love to a man…to be in love with a man and speaking of the sex…Seriously yes, it was hot…but it was also sweet and touched with moments of hesitancy and maybe even a bit of awkwardness that made it all seem so very real.
There’s all of 4 years between Toby and Cole which to me is really neither here nor there when it comes to age differences, but it was also delightful to read a story where the MCs aren’t dealing with a 10+years age gap. I know this happens and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it but sometimes it’s a nice change to read a story with MCs who don’t have that dynamic in their relationship.
I was both surprised and more than a little pleased by the balance that developed as this relationship grew. It wasn’t always Cole or Toby who took the lead in an effort to get or keep them on track and that for me felt natural and just right. Relationships are give and take and as a rule the control and responsibility for keeping it on a solid course tends to shift back and forth between the people involved.
It’s been a while since I read the ‘Skins’ series and for me this one felt very strongly tied to that series since it takes place on Whisper Farm, which is the setting for the some of the stories in Ms Leigh’s ‘Skins’ series and fans of that series get to catch up with most of the couples from the series as well…especially Harry and Joe but have no fear Rhys and Angelo are around from time to time as well.
While I think that the general plot between Toby and Cole can be followed clearly enough without benefit of having read the ‘Skins’ series, I would also caution that there are details that a non-Skins reader may miss, not fully appreciate or possibly find a bit confusing. I know It’s been about a year since I listened to the audiobooks for ‘Skins’ and it took me a bit to recall some of the details but once I did I suddenly found that this story became a whole lot more enjoyable for me…so take from that what you will.
Simply put…would I recommend this book absolutely it was a sweet, heartwarming tale of second chances, finding love, first love and just generally taking a chance on love.
I have to admit I’ve got my fingers crossed that there’s going to be an audiobook because the thought of curling up and enjoying first Ms Leigh’s ‘Skins’ series and then enjoying ‘The Sex Coach’ all over again has me smiling with anticipation.
An ARC of ‘The Sex Coach’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.