Title: Nine For a Kiss
Author: Emily Moreton
Length: 4,100 words
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Why are the best ones always taken or straight? Rob hasn’t had decent sex in months, as his lesbian business partner never fails to remind him. Now there’s a hot guy in their office, but he’s there to plan his ninth wedding anniversary party. At least, Rob’s pretty sure he is…
Rob runs a company that specialises in designs for parties. He meets a client in his office and is immediately attracted to Evan but since Evan is there to discuss the decor for his ninth wedding anniversary, Rob is pretty sure he’s straight and taken.
The start of this story begins with a bit if a mix up about Evan’s identity and there was a bit of humour to be gained from that situation. There’s an immediate zing of attraction between them, and I liked that this was an interracial romance but that the whole race issue was irrelevant – it was just two gay guys meeting and being attracted to each other. The humour is carried through the story with some silliness involving drink names which made me smile, then the rest of the story is made up of a sex scene. The sex scene was well written and hot, but the pair had spent so little time together that I felt strangely unmoved by their romance.
Whilst I liked the writing style in the book and the characters seemed like nice guys, this story didn’t particularly stand out in any way. The meeting was amusing (although there’s a few pages devoted to arranging a party for an irrelevant character) and the romance between the characters left me satisfied. However, the story didn’t stay with me and after reading it last week, I had to re-read it again before I wrote this review because I’d forgotten what the story was about. This means that whilst this is a nice enough story to pass the time, it’s not one to stay with you for long.