Book Reviews

An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-October-2012

Book Blurb

Tristan Moreau loves his job as chief administrative officer and personal assistant to Webber Kincaid, President, Chairman, and CEO of Kincaid International. It would be the perfect job… if only he hadn’t fallen in love with his boss as well as the work. After two years, he’s still doing everything in his power to keep his feelings hidden—mostly because he wants to protect the reputation of his famous boss but also because he wants to keep his job.

Webber Kincaid has stayed in the closet, using his best friend and confidante as his beard. Everything in his life was working out just fine until he met Tristan Moreau. Within months, Tristan stole his heart and became his lifeline. But Webber knows the rules of the workplace better than anyone, so he’s kept his distance.

But two years is too long to wonder “what if?”—especially when business takes them to a private Caribbean island. When Tristan and Webber succumb to the tropical heat, their professionalism starts to backslide. It’s a seemingly impossible relationship, making a go at it under the paparazzi’s microscope. It may be the best—or the worst—business decision they ever made.

Book Review

This book is a mix between sweet romance, some extremely angsty moments, and a workplace mystery in the financial sector that adds a level of reality and suspense that I found quite interesting. And while "unconventional" definitely applies to the way Tristan handles the relationship with his boss, if not the plotline itself, the additional elements give this well-known storyline a present-day, fresh look and feel that made it an entertaining read for me.


Tristan loves his job, and he has fallen for his boss. He fights the latter with everything he has for several reasons. "I want to keep my job" is the more obvious one, but his personal past and bad experience is probably the more important barrier. He works hard and has learned a lot from his boss on the professional front, so when the tip to the Caribbean takes away the normal workplace boundaries he has gotten used to, Tristan needs to re-evaluate his position.


Webber is a model boss, but he, too, is attracted to Tristan. He has kept his feelings under control, and the additional problem of being in the closet doesn’t exactly make things easier. Especially since his very attractive 'beard' is also his best friend, so the vibes they send to Tristan are not exactly encouraging. Webber needs to make up his mind and get off the fence, and despite all appearances (he has more money than he'll ever need), this is not and easy thing for him to do.


If you like workplace mysteries and enjoy a boss and employee struggling with what is right and wrong for their personal relationship, if a mysteriously fraudulent corporate takeover is likely to add spice and enjoyment to your read, and if you're in the mood for a sweet romance with some suspenseful undertones, you will probably like this novel.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 230 pages/72133 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-October-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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