Going Up by Amy Lane

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Going Up by Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father’s building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms.

Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not—poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach’s heart one elevator ride at a time. Zach would love to get to know Sean better, but first he needs the courage to leave his ivory tower and face a relationship that doesn’t end at the “Ding!”

Sometimes an elevator malfunction can lead to the love of your life. Zach Driscoll is used to a life of luxury. Growing up the only child of extremely wealthy parents has given Zach all the advantages he could ever want and left him yearning for companionship. Hiding the fact that he’s gay, Zach has always longed for a relationship but never found one. A chance meeting in an elevator gives Zach a glimpse at the man that just may be perfect for him. However, coming out to his parents and changing his life may be too scary a step for Zach to take. He wants to experience more of the world but only if he can find the courage.

Going Up is a very cute story reminiscent of fairytales. Zach is the privileged prince kept locked away in a tower at the behest of his parents. He’s not necessarily unhappy with his life but he yearns for more. He wants a relationship with a real man, not one he has to pay. Zach is a well-drawn character and his eagerness to create real friendships and relationships is very endearing. He clearly wants companionship on a number of different levels but lacks the social skills to make this happen. Fortunately he has a plucky secretary and an adorable neighbor that will fill both social and romantic needs.

Sean is a teacher that happens to live in the same building as Zach, albeit in an apartment with five other people to afford the rent. Sean and Zach have some entertaining elevator rides together and their chemistry practically leaps off the page from the first time they meet. Sean’s various outfits really steal the scenes and I liked how they got to know each other gradually over time and as their individual lives went on. It made the relationship understandable once they finally did get together.

Overall I was surprised how quickly I read this novella and enjoyed the humor in the writing. It’s very light and breezy, the kind of feel good story that mixes laughter and romance. It’s nothing particularly new or different but the clean writing and cute characters make it worth reading. Especially those readers looking for something classic and easy with some fun dialogue.

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