Robert Martyn is divorced and works as a book-keeper for a luxury car showroom. His ambition to be an author has stalled, and he has a nightmare of a family. With a life marred with tragedy and disappointment, Rob has found it hard to take risks or trust anyone. Yet after being asked on a date by a suave stranger, he discovers his daring side.
Lexington Black is the wealthy New Yorker who rocks Rob's world. After their hot night together, he wastes no time in luring him to his Manhattan penthouse for a month, on the pretext of rebooting his writing career. A ruthless businessman, Lex is accustomed to getting what he wants, but he isn’t prepared for the strength of his feelings for the unassuming Englishman.
As Rob is introduced to gay Manhattan by Lex's colourful friends, he is unaware that his new lover is holding on to a crucial secret. Years before, Lex was a student at the college where Rob's father was Headmaster. A brief encounter between them may have resulted in the tragedy that Rob has been unable to forget. With this secret hanging between them, it is only a matter of time before Rob and Lex's relationship is balanced on a knife edge.
A heated tale of lust, deception and redemption.
- 2 To Be Read lists
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Straight
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 3 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Alpha Character, Class Differences, Families/Raising Kids, Fairy Tales Revisited, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever, Moral Failure, One Night Stand, Queer Wedding, True Love
Word Count: 90,000
Setting: England, New York
Languages Available: English
Tracey on Goodreads Inc wrote:
Hands down,this is probably one of the best contemporary M/M romances that I've read in long time...
Why? No tropes here - no crazy ex-boyfriends,no traumatized characters,no unnecessary angst...It's original,if a little unbelievable,but I wouldn't be reading it if I wanted some dull everyday story. Characters are extremely well developed (secondary as well as MCs) and what I liked the most was their distinctiveness...considering this is dual POV,that's very important,and believe me,author did it superbly. And last but not least it's highly erotic read,and...to say "it was hot" would be an understatement.
Really,I could write some long review and lose you halfway,but I can't recommend this book highly enough...And if you still hesitate,it's full of drag queens in all its glory...so,what can I say except - ENJOY!
Queercentric Books on Goodreads Inc wrote:
Rob lives his life the way he thought he should. He had a wife and a job. Slowly it all fell apart. He looses his important job only to end up with a go no where job. Looses his wife and luxury home to end up living in a dump. Slowly his family turns their back on him. Then he me meets lex and slowly discovers who he thought he was wasn't really who he was. Lex introduces him to new friends and to a new kind of love. But lex has a secret that can destroy robs whole world. I absolutely adored this story. I couldn't put it down. If your looking for something to pull at your heart this is the story for you
Lexington Black was a surprising treat! I started the book intrigued and came out thoroughly fulfilled. This is a story of self discovery, empowerment, love, and forgiveness.
(Rob) Martyn is recently divorced, straight, and living an unexciting life as a bookkeeper for a luxury car dealer. He’s never done anything for himself and he has spent his entire life trying to please his family, most of whom consider him a waste of space.
Robin has put his aspirations of being an author on hold based on the criticisms of his ex-wife. On top of that, Rob’s father committed suicide when he was 15 and ever since he has found it hard to trust anyone other than his twin sister, Geri.
Lexington (Lex) Black is an openly gay and wealthy New Yorker. His father is sick so Lex has taken over his company. Despite his success, his father still can’t get past the fact that Lex, his only son, is gay.
Due to his lavish lifestyle, Lex is accustomed to having the best and getting what he wants. After a chance meeting at Rob’s dealership, Lex sets his sights on Rob. Finally seducing Rob into a night of intense passion, he quickly lures him back to NYC with the pretense of helping him kick off his writing career.
SECRETS ARE REVEALED
Rob is introduced to Lex’s gay Manhattan lifestyle and his colorful friends, including drag queen Caressa/Peter who is Lex’s oldest friend. Rob embarks on a journey of self discovery while simultaneously falling in love with Lexington. Afraid of losing the only man he’s ever loved, Lex keeps secret his past which includes a torrid one night of passion with Rob’s father. When secrets are revealed, will their love be strong enough to keep them together?
Rob is adorable! He is a Hugh Grant-ish Englishman who finds himself in awkward social interactions. From having his balls shaved by drag queens to having his first threesome, he bumbles his way through and is able to just go along with it.
Lexington Black was first published in 2015 under the name S A Smythe, but has been expanded and improved by Jayne Lockwood's new alias, Lady Jaguar!