Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He's a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They're clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it's lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what's between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he's denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.
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So before I start my review I would like to have a preface before I get into what I liked and did not like. Okay, this is a M/M romance, and it has a lot of sex. I am not a fan of M/M but with this book, at least for me, I was able to get pass the M/M and pretend that it was M/F. This is a book that is only meant for mature audiences. It can be read as a standalone but there are 2 other books that go further with the relationship between Thornwell and Riley. Okay now that that is out of the way lets get to the juicy stuff. Thornwell Shipton works hard and really plays. Except for his "filthy Fridays". Its the one time out of the week (only a few hours) where he gets to be who he truly is and he doesn't have to be in charge. He pay's for his rent-a-boy because he is not out of the closet, and he is not ready to come out. He has this once a weak stress relief, then he gets right back to work. He doesn't like change, and he does not like deviation from what he considers the norm. So when his normal rent-a-boy is not available and no longer works at the escort service and he is offered something new he just wants to stick with the normal script. But Dash is anything but normal, nor is his plans for Thornwell. Riley Dashwood works as an escort so that he can hopefully open a restaurant and get his culinary certificate. He knows to not get involved with his clients and he knows that although he may pretend to be into them there is no reason to go beyond the scheduled play. That is until he meets Thorne and realizes that Thorne needs more then his weekly play in order to fully relax. So Dash goes farther then is necessary and Dash and Thorne embark on a "relationship" that is quite different then either wanted but so desperately needed. This was a great read. And if you like M/M romance then this book, and most likely this series will be for you. But if you do not like M/M and do not have an imagination to turn it into M/F then this book is not for you. I will not lie, there was a lot of sex, and this book would definitely be a better read if you appreciate and like M/M romance. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection
4.5 Stars ~ "Thorne turned and cupped Dash’s face. He almost never kissed men, especially ones he’d hired, but this time he wanted to. “Do you kiss?” Dash smiled. “I love to, but I’d figured you for the type who didn’t.” “I don’t,” Thorne said and kissed him." Closeted, wealthy, over-worked, over-stressed older man, and younger, rent boy, saving-to-pay-for-school guy is a trope I've seen before. What made 'Professional Distance' different, and more enjoyable, was one thing. The author. Silvia Violet took a well used trope and imbued the characters with so much life and personality that I felt as if I was reading this plot line for the first time. Thorne is an interesting individual. He works way too hard and too much, but that's a given. He's forty-two and every Friday night is his couple of hours to relax by hiring a rent boy to screw him. Of course, Thorne tops from the bottom, and he's versatile, so his boy must be, also. Dash is twenty-two, saving up to go to culinary school, and he's not overwhelmed or wowed by the rich, arrogant Thorne. Dash is confident in himself, his abilities, and the need to relax a little before you keel over from a heart attack. These two are drawn together from the beginning and neither expected that. "No matter how much Thorne seemed to truly like him, this was a business transaction to Thorne, nothing more. Thorne was an arrogant "jerk" who wanted everyone to do his bidding. Riley believed he had a kind heart underneath the bluster, but even under the best circumstances, he’d be a "jerk" to deal with in a relationship." It was infinitely sweet and very emotionally intimate to watch these two men fall in love. They have so many vulnerabilities and insecurities, so it was easier for them to continue the client and rent boy arrangement, instead of being willing to contemplate an actual relationship. No matter how hard they struggled, though, it was inevitable that something was going to crack, and then all bets would be off. I was thrilled with the ending as it certainly didn't wrap up in any type of insta manner. A wonderful and memorable novel, that has left me salivating for the next book in the series. No offense, Silvia, but you need to write faster! Thorne and Dash are exceptional characters and I look forward to seeing more of them. NOTE: This book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
This is the first story of Thorne and 'Dash', and I will tell you now that I can't wait for book 2! That being said, this book is complete in and of itself, so it will be interesting to see where their story takes them next. Thorne is 42-years-old and a workaholic. Everything is scheduled, even sex, and he has distanced himself from emotion since being badly hurt, and unable to show it. Dash is 22-years-old, and is working as an escort in order to pay his way through cooking school and become a chef. There is nothing unusual or extraordinary about the basis of this story, but something about how it was written, grabbed me and wouldn't let go! Thorne can act like an arrogant jerk, and he knows it. Not only will Dash not put up with this behaviour, he also understands why Thorne is acting this way, and knows how to make the situation better. Of course, things aren't plain sailing, and there is the issue of Dash being an escort, as well as twenty years younger than Thorne, to contend with. What brought this to a 5-star read for me, was the way in which Thorne dealt with his loss and turned his life around. By taking control of his life in a way he wasn't expecting, and laying himself on the line for the one he loves, this is what gave the fifth star from me. I loved the interactions between Dash and Thorne, hot in every sense. Absolutely recommended by me, and I can't wait for more from Silvia Violet. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Thorne's heart got broken so long ago, and he chooses to pay for his pleasure now. When Riley Dashwood turns up instead of his usual escort, Thorne knows Dash will be trouble. Dash affects in a way no other ever did. But will Dash feel the same? Not a particularly original plotline of an older man falling for a much younger paid escort, and vice versa. BUT I don't care about that because I rather enjoyed this! One of those books you can see it all coming at ya, and you can see it coming like a train wreck about to happen. And there ain't a damn thing you can do to stop it. Because you can see it coming, its not a surprise when Thorne falls for Dash, or when Dash loses his heart to Thorne, breaking the cardinal rule of escorting. Its no surprise the Thorne decides the only way to keep Dash is to pay for him, full time. Its no surprise hoe Dash reacts to that. What is a surprise, to me anyway, is how Thorne redeems himself. A film is referenced in the book, and Thorne takes a scene out that film to try to win Dash back. I've not heard of the film, so I've no idea if its a real film or not, I don't much care either way. But well saved Thorne, very well saved. I also liked the difference made to Dash and Riley. He was Dash when he was working, and Riley when not. I loved that Thorne struggled to make the difference towards the end. Its told from both men's POV, in the third person, so pushed all my buttons. Its billed as book 1 for Throne and Dash. I should love to catch up with them at a later date in their journey. Because you just know, that its not going to be any some of picnic. solid 4 star read. **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**