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The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.
Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.
Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.
Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.
“Operation Kindle Klean Up”. Yep, this is my latest assignment. I am ashamed to admit that I have been hoarding books. When the number of unread books reached an alarming level, I decided to take action. I must read two books (or okay at least one) that I currently own before I will allow myself to add any more to my ever-growing collection. I have been holding this gem for far too long and what a pleasant surprise it was.
This tale is told by Al and I’m certain this was reason for the raging success of this book. Al is fierce and tender. He may be bent, but he’s the most straightforward person I’ve ever met. He has a hulking presence but in reality, there’s little to fear. When Larry stumbles across Al’s path one drunken evening he finds himself at his mercy. I must admit, I was at Al’s mercy too.
First glance might give the impression that Al is cruel and savage, but those impressions would be dead wrong. He claims that he is not clever, but book-smart is not the only type of cleverness. He cares for Larry with smooth, sure, sweet-tempered hands, and Larry finds himself putty in them.
Larry is refined to Al’s rough edges and together they are flawless fit.
Rumor has it you can see into a person’s soul through their eyes. Larry is not intimated by the scarred terrain surrounding the windows to Al’s heart. If anything, he is drawn harder and faster. Their relationship is inconceivable to the world, but they are secure in their love. Or at least Larry is and he is determined to prove to Al that he is more than a good lay.
I adored the artistic surprise Al was hiding. Larry beams with pleasure and pride as he shows off his man. However, he didn’t expect the accessories fame accompanies and a blunder almost destroys them. Bless his sister and I couldn’t help but love Al’s mam. The British dialect was challenging for me. Typically I love British flare but it was cumbersome at times and slowed my reading a bit. I very much felt the out-of-towner complex. Brushing that aside, I was smitten with Al and fell in love with this extraordinary couple.
If you fall into the slim category of ‘haven’t-read-this-yet‘ like I was, grab it quick and enjoy… it’s a banging good time.