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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    Steve has been lonely, longing for something more than one-night

    Steve has been lonely, longing for something more than one-night stands now that he has finally accepted his sexual orientation. He has everything a man should want - a great job, money and a fast car. Now all he wants is to find that real connection to someone else.

    Gil has had a rough past, especially with his family's acceptance of who he truly is. He is in a place where he is working hard to make a life for himself, living from job to job to make ends meet and sometimes fearful of how people will react when they get to know him.

    Steve and Gil meet when Steve's sports car doesn't start and Gil steps up to help. Steve is immediately attracted to Gil, but he doesn't know how to go about getting a date with the guy. This whole business of dating as a gay man is new to him and he is afraid of being rejected, especially now that he knows he wants something permanent and not only a hook-up. Gil, on the other hand, is so focused on Steve's financial status that he immediately dismisses his attraction to him, thinking he is like every rich man that comes to his shop. Later on he relents and their journey in finding something real begins.

    I admit that when I read the previous books in the series, Steve didn't caught my attention one bit. I had not read his story as was related in Doubtless. However, I am happy to say that he finally caught my eye and his story was amazing.

    I loved this story! Cat Grant did an amazing job in bringing to the page a story of understanding, letting go and second chances in love. Flawless was packed-full of emotions ranging from fear of rejection on both parts to acceptance of an unexpected situation and ending in elation at finally finding someone worthy to fight for. I especially enjoyed how the character's complexity added to development of the story. As each layer was peeled away from the characters, I got to know them better and fully came to understand where each was coming from. Once I got to understand that, I truly felt connected to both of them and found myself cheering them on. I wanted to smack them upside their heads every time they overreacted, cried with some of the emotions presented and had a happy grin on my face by the time the book ended.

    Of course, the chemistry between these two was easily palpable, but I appreciated the fact that the author took her time bringing them together. Steve and Gil truly did have issues to overcome and obstacles to get through to be together and if those weren't dealt with as the story progressed I wouldn't have enjoyed this story as much.

    Cat Grant's writing was everything I have come to expect from her and then some. She managed to bring to the page a complex concept and she did it well. It showed that she did her research, which helped me to further understand Gil's feelings, hesitations and actions. She did a wonderful job of keeping the subject matter accurate while still making Steve and Gil's story interesting and entertaining.

    Although Flawless is the fourth book in the Irresistible Attraction series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone since the author does a great job of giving you enough back story for you to know what has happened in previous installments without making you feel overwhelmed. I only wish the story was longer. I would have loved to see how Steve and Gil's relationship developed further.

    I received this title from Riptide Publishing through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    Emotionally Draining With a Unique Premise

    It's been a long and emotional journey to reach this final book in the Irresistible Attraction series and it's a memorable way to wrap things up as it deals with an issue not dealt with very often in as a transgender individual. Ms. Grant deals with the issue in a straight forward and realistic way making the character of Gil both sympathetic and heroic. It also brings back Steve who until recently has been playing the field but who has become older and wiser and now yearns for something more permanent.

    Steve hasn't always been likable, but since admitting his sexuality he's become a more thoughtful and caring individual and seeing him so concerned about another person warms my heart. The feelings Gil inspires in him caught him off guard and seeing a bumbling Steve try to woo him was a sweetly endearing sight to see. Everything else has come so easy to Steve it's about time that he's had to work for something, that makes their relationship more worthwhile.

    Gil's life has been one betrayal after another. First it's his body that betrays him as he knows he's been born the wrong sex, then it's his family who turns on him and casts him out, and the final betrayal is that of a former lover whose addictive lifestyle almost dragged him down completely and whose return again sets him up for more hurts. Steve is the first person in a long time to make him feel special and to want him as is though Gil fights him every step of the way out of fear of being hurt again. Gil is a truly inspirational character to have gone through so much hatred early in life and still be willing to put his heart on the line. He's truly deserving of the man Steve is now and the happiness Steve longs to bring to him.

    The majority of the story is a slow build-up of trust to a final sexual interlude that is more about acceptance than sex. There's a sense of hope at the end after so much heartache. While this ending isn't a true HEA, there's a definite HFN conclusion that's just as satisfying. Leading to this conclusion is one or two things that dragged this story down for me. One of those was the sudden appearance of Chas, the ex who again brought heartache to Gil through his lying and cheating ways. He has no redeeming qualities and his sole purpose seemed to be to hurt Gil yet again and drive a wedge between him and Steve. Considering how short the story is, valuable time was wasted on such a despicable character that should've been spent on advancing Gil and Steve's relationship. Another thing that felt out of place was the street racing angle that was included and just as quickly excluded. Barring these issues I still found much to enjoy and admire in Flawless and though there are some flaws I still recommend this story for its unique theme and for a truly memorable character in Gil.

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