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Posted April 23, 2013
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.
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Posted January 15, 2014
A very well written, quick read
Flawless, was a sweet and quick read starring a Latino automotive parts store owner, Gil Alvarez, who encounters Steve Campbell, a rich white male, by chance when he experiences car trouble after a day at the beach with his best friend and business partner, Connor. Gil comes to the rescue once he sees that Steve is having difficulty starting his Ferrari. An expert in Italian cars, Gil fixes Steve’s car and Steve offers to pay him for his trouble. However, Gil declines and considers it his good deed for the day.
The two cross paths again when Steve phones Gil, who provides his business card, for any future car issues. After Steve has difficulty getting his car started because he did not upgrade his car’s software, he phones Gil to service his Ferrari at his home. The car is fixed and Steve offers to take Gil out to lunch as a form of payment for his services.
The flirty chemistry is abundant and things seem like they are about to get off the ground until Steve drives Gil home and makes a disparaging comment about his neighborhood being “unsafe.” Gil is, of course, offended and sees Steve as an elitist jerk. Gil leaves Steve in a huff and Steve is left to lick his wounds and wonder if he will ever cross paths with Gil again.
They both are reluctant to reach out to the other until finally, after a frank talk with Dylan (a former friend with benefits), Steve makes the first move and reaches out to Gil. The relationship soon takes a turn when a sexual encounter between Steve and Gil goes far, but Gil is hiding a secret that he believes will destroy any chance of him and Steve having a real relationship.
It’s not just Gil’s secret that may be a hindrance to their budding relationship, but also the fact that Steve is working through a crush he’s had on his best friend, Connor, who is getting married. Steve is grappling with coming out of the closet as a bisexual man and isn’t really sure about his feelings, in general, when it comes to dating, specifically, dating men so soon after things didn’t go as he would’ve liked with Connor.
This is a very well written, quick read. It’s a story about two people who are moderately damaged and working through their own insecurities, and trying to find something real.
-Reviewed by Natalie
Posted May 17, 2013
Posted April 26, 2013
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 stories......life 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.