Book Reviews

Conversation Hearts by Avon Gale at Stormcloud Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Assassins/Mercenaries / Rent Boys/Escorts/Porn Stars / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 14-February-2020

Book Blurb

It’s Valentine’s Day, and grad student—and male escort—Levi Barron expects to spend his evening with a client who’s paying him for his services in bed… not an assassin who needs to borrow the view from his hotel room in the morning.

With nothing to do but endure the company of his unwanted guest, Levi and the assassin, Sinjin, spend some time bonding over HGTV, minibar beverages, Flannery O’Connor short stories, terrible Valentine’s candy, and the necessity of lying about their jobs.

Their evening takes an unexpected turn when they decide to indulge in their mutual attraction, and in the morning Levi doesn’t know if he's spent the night with a hired killer or a hydraulic engineer with a very specific fantasy. Either way, the two have enough chemistry—in and out of bed—that Levi isn’t sure one night with Sinjin will be enough.

And a message left in candy suggests the feeling is mutual.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, February 2016.

Book Review

"Oh God. Suddenly being a sex slave didn’t sound as appealing as those videos implied it would be. “Are you going to kidnap me and sell me to a sex dungeon?”
Worst. Valentine’s. Day. Ever.
“Are those actually real? I thought they just existed on RedTube.”

I really, really needed something light, funny, and sexy to read today. As soon as I read the description for 'Conversation Hearts' by Avon Gale, I knew I'd found what I was looking for. Just the idea of being an escort trapped in a hotel room with an assassin on Valentine's struck me as hilariously funny, and I was excited to read Levi and Sinjin's story.

I'll admit to giggling through quite a bit of this short book. How could I not when Sinjin and Levi are watching HGTV and Sinjin is discussing how easy it is to kill someone in an open-air kitchen. See my point? I was just as fascinated with the whole scenario, and the man, as Levi was. No wonder they jumped to sex after clearing out the minibar. There wasn't much else to do, and boy were they pretty hot together.

I adored this short story, even though the author left me with a lot of questions at the end. Now I have to ponder whether Sinjin really was an assassin, which everything certainly pointed to, or if he actually was Levi's client playing his own game. Granted the title of the book Sinjin is reading at the end may be the answer, after all. Who knows?





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 32 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-September-2019
Price $0.99 ebook
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