Title: Nothing Better Than Leather
Author: Katherine Halle
Length: 6,300 words (24 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m contemporary
Zeke is a writer, who spends his evenings working as a valet at The Palm Restaurant, and lusting after a particular silver BMW 3 Series and its owner. Josh is the owner of that BMW and the only thing he enjoys about his routine evenings at The Palm is the red-haired valet who parks his car. When Josh is injured in an accident at the restaurant and Zeke is volunteered to drive him home, will their time spent together result in something more – or will Zeke forever remain the nameless valet who parks Josh’s car?
Take one feisty valet, one straight-laced banker, mix in a fancy car and a long drive out to Malibu, and see what pulls up.
This could almost fall into the erotica zone as it is primarily a sex scene, but the fact that the two men have been kind of dancing around each other for some time adds a touch of romance. Zeke works as a valet and loves it when TBH (Tall, Blond and Handsome) comes in as he loves the guy’s car with its perfect leather seats. One night, the owner, Josh, cuts his hand on a glass and the restaurant management ask Zeke to drive the man home and take a cab back, eager to placate a high paying regular customer. To Zeke’s surprise, Josh asked for him personally, and he’s not going to his local house, but to his weekend home. Zeke’s happy to drive the fancy car and get to know his mystery man.
When they arrive at the location, Josh invites him in and after some brief flirting, Zeke takes the initiative and they are off and running in a very hot sex scene involving a couch, with fine car quality leather. What made this a bit different, is that Zeke, who would appear to be the character with less power, a service job, a writer but not making enough money not to need a second job, doesn’t come across as submissive to the more financially powerful Josh. It was almost like Zeke took over once he realized that Josh had been scoping him out as well and calling him “car guy”.
There’s not much to the story in terms of relationship development. It only takes place over a few hours as they get to know each other outside of their roles as valet/customer, but I thought the sex scene was super hot and I like Zeke’s forwardness a great deal. He wasn’t intimidated that Josh was rich and a powerful man in the financial world, although he may have coveted his car seats. When you’re in the mood for hot and steamy it certainly fits the bill, and the characters are likable guys who you are happy finally got together.