Silky Smooth by A.M. Arthur
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Falling in love isn’t always smooth sailing.
College drop-out Nicolas Cannon has a secret he’s been hiding for all his adult life. A secret that has left him isolated and mostly friendless—until the day a very friendly parrot flies into his life. In his search to discover the parrot’s owner, Nicolas meets the handsome, enigmatic and much-older Alex Durant. But Nicolas has become fond of Alex’s pet Calamity, and the pair develop an unexpected friendship over their love of the bird.
Alex Durant is a man with money and power, but he’s also haunted by his past with an abusive ex. Calamity saved Alex’s sanity, and he’s surprised at how easily he shares her attention with Nicolas, a young artist who arrests Alex’s attention. As their friendship takes a brand-new, sexy turn, Nicolas discovers Alex also possesses something else he never expected: a shared love of silky underthings. But Nicolas isn’t out to his family, and that decision may test his fledgling relationship with Alex to the breaking point.
Silky Smooth is a stand-alone story in the multi-author Bold Brew shared universe, centered around an inclusive coffee shop set in a fictional college town. Each steaming hot coffee shop romance can be enjoyed alone, but collect all ten for the most fun! My 40k word story features a reclusive artist, a lonely restauranteur, an emotional support parrot, age gap, and satin underwear.
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
This is one of the books in a multi-author series called A Bold Brew, which is connected by the coffee shop of the title. It’s a great series—each book really is strong, and this is no exception.
This is the first book I’ve ever read with a parrot as an emotional support (anxiety) pet and I loved it. Nicolas is struggling and has dropped out of college due to bullying. The joy Calamity gives to Nicolas melted my heart, so when his owner, Alex, came into the story, I was as sad as Nicolas. Alex is older and also struggling after an abusive relationship. Calamity brings them together, and what happens next is…well…the plot, so I won’t rehash. This is really a story about two guys having the courage to open themselves up to the possibility of a future. There is a real sense of connection between them; the desire, the hope from both—that something more might come from this relationship—is what hooked me on it. It’s sweet and sexy.
I really loved this story so you might be surprised it’s a 4 star. I suspect the author, whose books are brilliant and usually longer, was limited by a word count for this series. There were a couple of plot issues that were left a little hanging for me that I would have liked some resolution on. It meant the ending was a little rushed. I’m hoping they might go back and extend it a little, especially to deal with Alex’s emotions over his ex.
Still, even with that, this is a great book and a definite recommendation from me.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***