Come to Your Senses
Christian Sartori: Surveillance officer, facial recognition guru and aspiring surfing god.
Ben McCormick: Casino games dealer, couch surfer and down on his luck.
Christian falls for Ben's Raphaelite-like beauty the very first moment he sees him, dealing at a busy pai gow table, but fraternisation between their departments is strictly forbidden. Christian instead catches glimpses through the cameras at work, hoping management won't notice he has "eyes on" Ben more than he should.
When Ben is brutally attacked as he leaves work one night, Christian is fortunately watching and comes to his aid. This starts them on a road that travels from friendship to more as they both deal with injuries, a career change, the farce that is Valentine's Day, and a mother with a crippling gambling addiction.
I See You is a story about love, compassion and helping out your fellow man, which can sometimes bring you things you never thought possible.
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Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Big Character / Little Character, Class Differences, Friends to Lovers
Word Count: 77500
Setting: Gold Coast, Australia
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Ben went straight to the sink, rinsed his brush and then topped it with paste. Christian went to the toilet bowl and stood there.
After a minute without hearing a sound, Ben turned and took his brush out of his mouth, enquiring, “Everything okay?” Ben saw the back of Christian’s neck go red before he mumbled, “Can’t pee,” Ben barely able to hear him.
“Stage fright?” Ben asked sympathetically. “I’m nearly done.”
Christian groaned, and Ben couldn’t work out if it was from embarrassment, frustration or discomfort—or all three! “Sort of… and you gave me a stiffy.”
Ben spat toothpaste onto his cast as he tried to control his laughter. Well that cleared that puzzle up. “Sorry, so not sorry, Christian.”READ MORE
“I don’t think I’ve ever peed in front of anyone before,” Christian continued, the back of his neck still pink, and refusing to turn around and acknowledge Ben’s humour at his predicament. “Well, except when I was a kid. Mum always told me to use the cubicles when we were out, and at school, in case some creep tried to check me out at the urinals and take photos.”
This sobered Ben’s amusement quickly and he had a newfound respect for Diane and her ace parenting skills. “Really? Wow, okay. I’m done anyway. If you can move aside for a sec, I’ll go quickly and then leave you alone. Maybe my tinkle will encourage your tinkle.” Ben was straight-faced when he said it, but his tone and the use of the word “tinkle,” told Christian that he found the whole situation highly amusing, and that he needed to start thinking of some form of punishment for Ben’s mockery of his embarrassing predicament.
Christian moved to the sink and started his own brushing, flossing and mouthwash routine, while trying to block out the “tinkling” in the background. He knew it was silly, and that bodily functions were natural and everyone had them, but it would take a bit for his bladder and ears to get used to sharing a bathroom. He would try valiantly, though, because he wanted that normalness in their relationship.
As promised, Ben left as soon as he’d finished, flushed and washed his hands at the sink, dropping a kiss onto Christian’s bare back on the way past. By the time Christian finished his ablutions and got back to the bedroom Ben was snuggled under the comforter, only his face and soft curls visible. Ben was adorably sleepy-looking, so Christian just climbed in and turned off the bedside lamp, pulling Ben close and relaxing into the dark silence. His erection had gone down once Ben had left the bathroom, but Ben’s sweet-smelling skin and warm furry thigh flung over his legs had things stirring again down south. Christian decided he was simply too tired to act on it, and by the soft snores resonating against his chest, Ben was too. Drifting into sleep with the man he was falling deeper in love with every minute they spent together was his new bliss, even more so than Tim Tam cheesecake.COLLAPSE
This was a really sweet and lovely tale about Christian and Ben who both work in a casino in Australia. Christian is in surveillance and Ben is a dealer on the floor. Christian has recently taken to watching Ben through the monitors in the booth, and has run into him a few times on the floor, but they are virtually strangers when Christian, who’d been monitoring Ben’s exit from the casino one evening, notices that a camera is out. When Ben never comes through the next camera, Christian realizes that something’s very wrong, and runs to Ben’s rescue, to find that he was severely beaten. This book had me riveted from the beginning. It was fascinating to get a glimpse of the inner workings of a casino from the viewpoint of the security and surveillance end of things, and the author did a marvelous job giving us all the ins and outs of working behind the scenes in a casino.
Christian does walk a fine line between responsible employee and inappropriate stalker, but turns out it’s what saved Ben’s life. And, he realizes that Ben has been crushing on him as well.
Ben, who’s hard on his luck, and now most likely losing his job, because his arm’s messed up, is in the hospital with no family members to care for him. Christian comes to visit him on the guise of just checking on him for the casino, but Ben is so glad that someone came to see him.
I really love Chris and Ben They are sweet, and both ramble when their nervous, and they both have insecurities. Except for the fact that Christian has very supportive parents, and Ben has a single mother who likes gambling more than being a parent, and Ben can cook and Christian can’t, the two characters are similar in their personalities,. I think I would have liked to have seen their differences a little more.
I absolutely cracked up when their nosy elderly neighbor offered to walk their dog who she heard howling and it was actually Ben and Christian having loud sex. Christian came up with a story of Looby-Lou, their parents dog who only came to visit, and poor Ben was behind the door practically peeing himself with laughter. They have a really special connection, and it’s fun to watch these two grow closer. The sex is pretty hot, too.
I love the epilogue. It’s a year since they met and Valentine's day is approaching, and each secretly has a plan for the other. It’s beautiful, and beautifully done and made me go, “awwwww.”
These are both likable characters, and a good story line behind the romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can’t wait to read more from this author.