Book Reviews

Nothing Better Than Fine Leather by Katherine Halle at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Jessica Chambers on 20-September-2012

Book Blurb

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.

Part of the 2012 Torquere Charity Blitz, sponsored by Rainbow eBooks. All authors' royalties (matched by Torquere) will be donated to NO8H, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.


Book Review

Racy in more ways than one, this is a story about a fast car and two very different guys brought together by their mutual desire. It’s about recognizing the opportunities in life, and having the courage to grasp them with both hands. In the case of Zeke and Josh, but for a freak accident and a little initiative, their attraction to one another may well have gone undiscovered.

Zeke is a sci-fi writer, but is forced to work as a valet at the Palm Restaurant to make ends meet. Much as he hates it, the job does have its compensations in the form of a silver BMW 3 Series and its extremely handsome owner. Of course, nothing will ever come of his fantasies. The gorgeous blond is way out of his league, and Zeke has resigned himself to remaining the nameless valet who takes care of his car.

Josh, the BMW’s owner, is an investment banker, but derives little pleasure from his high-flying lifestyle. The only thing he really enjoys about dining at the Palm Restaurant is the cute redhead who parks his car. When he cuts his hand at the restaurant one evening, Josh takes advantage of the situation and insists on having Zeke drive him home. What transpires upon their arrival surpasses even Josh’s wildest imaginings.

I loved how the author takes time to develop the tension between the protagonists, stretching it to breaking point on the long drive to Josh’s house, and the steamy encounter at the end is certainly worth the wait. If you enjoy stories with a slow build-up, appreciate flashy cars, and believe in seizing the chances life has to offer, this may be one for your to-read list.


Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 24 pages/6300 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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