Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 69,000 words
Duncan McLeish owns a ranch. Unlike most ranches, this one is in the Scottish Highlands. Having inherited a failing farm from his grandfather, he turns it into a successful business. He has friends and he loves his home, but he’s lonely, and not even infrequent trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh slake that thirst to find someone. Then Drew Sinclair walks into his life.
Drew Sinclair is tantalizingly close to getting his clothing brand noticed in the industry. He and his business partner, Joy, create individual dresses, while, on the side, Drew produces a line of men’s lingerie. He visits Scotland to design a bridal gown for his sister, Jenna, who is marrying Duncan’s best friend at Christmas.
Duncan and Drew have nothing except their Highland upbringing in common, but they say opposites attract, and the attraction is immediate. Is this simply a summer fling, or can two men who live such opposite lives miles away from each other find a way to love?
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As the blurb says: opposites attract. And, at first glance, Drew and Duncan couldn’t be more different if they tried. Drew is out and proud, flamboyant, and mostly happy with his busy life in London, where he needs to be if he wants to make his breakthrough in the fashion industry. Duncan on the other hand is not entirely sure what he is, bi or gay, doesn’t really want the people in his small community to know he is attracted to men, keeps his own counsel, and is not prone to loud displays of any emotion, least of all attraction. If the two men have something in common apart from the fact they both have their roots in the Scottish Highlands, it is the fact that neither is looking for a hook-up, never mind anything beyond that.
But the attraction is undeniably there, from the very first moment Drew and Duncan set eyes on each other, and Duncan’s feeble attempts to keep his distance really don’t stand a chance against Drew’s charms.
And thus starts a very sexy story about two men finding their way towards each other and a happily ever after despite the apparently insurmountable obstacles they face. To the say the journey is a shock to poor Duncan’s system is a gross understatement. He goes from almost completely innocent and closeted to discovering a kinky and horny side he never knew he had, literally almost overnight. And it was a delight to watch.
Of course the path to true love never runs smoothly, especially not when the worlds in which the two men live are as far apart, both figuratively and physically, as Drew and Duncan’s are. Sometimes wanting something to be just a fling isn’t enough for it to not develop into something more. And once feelings have been unleashed as well as acknowledged, it’s going to take some angst, a good dose of soul searching, and plenty of practical thinking before they achieve the happiness they deserve.
With two endearing protagonists, a fabulous and colourful cast of secondary characters, a potential sequel already lined up, lots of steamy scenes, and plenty moments to make you smile or laugh out loud, this story will keep you entertained from start to finish. Not to mention that the vivid and glorious descriptions of the Scottish Highlands may well tempt you to plan a visit of your own.
Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions. Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing. She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.
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