Most Likely To Succeed by Shawn Lane

Most Likely To Succeed by Shawn Lane
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Thomas Harrigan can’t help but admire his sexy, single and openly gay boss, Clark Sterling. He never expects the gorgeous lawyer to be interested in him. But when Clark makes his interest shockingly clear, Thomas find himself involved in a passionate affair with the man he never dreamed he’d have a chance with.

Burned before by an office romance gone wrong, Clark knows he should keep his relationship with Thomas on a strictly business level. But there’s something disarmingly genuine about Thomas, and Clark can’t seem to resist.

The more time Thomas spends in Clark’s company and bed, the more he knows he is falling in love with his handsome boss. But when Thomas’s resume finds its way to a rival firm, owned by the very man who hurt Clark before, Clark is livid and cuts Thomas out of his life, and his firm.

Left unemployed and reeling, Thomas struggles to put the pieces of his life back together without the man who has captured his heart.

Thomas is the new law clerk and is thoroughly intimidated by the boss, Clark Sterling. Only when Thomas accidently discovers Clark watching some porn on his computer, Clark really looks at Tommy and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Can the two men make things work out together?

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. While Thomas is an eager, young man I enjoyed how he wasn’t too naïve or innocent. And Clark was a deliciously complex character – bold, self assured and confidant in most respects, but after a very nasty break-up he showed vulnerability and hesitation at the oddest times privately and when it came to the romantic relationship growing between he and Thomas. I found this added a lovely layer of complexity between the two men and one I found interesting and really refreshing to read.

While I really enjoyed the pace of the relationship flourishing between Thomas and Clark, the small amount of plot seemed a little jarring – almost like it had been added a few times throughout the story practically as a second thought. I feel the pacing would have been much better had the plot/conflict either been shown in more depth (quite a bit of it occurred “off screen”) or just ditched all-together. Instead, occurring only in short bursts with long stretches of relationship-stuff happening in between, it felt a little half-hearted and I couldn’t work up much enthusiasm for it as anything other than the mandatory “misunderstanding and argument” aspect of their relationship. I feel this could have definitely been handled better.

I loved the sex between Thomas and Clark. It was prolific, sexy and I thought their chemistry and growing care for each other really was a pleasure to read. While I didn’t feel there was anything kinky or envelope pushing, as a romantic M/M story I thought this ticked all the right boxes in the bedroom and should appeal to a wide range of readers.

With excellent characters and a great, steamy romance, I found this to be a lovely M/M story.

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