Book Reviews

Seeing Red (Trowchester 4) by Alex Beecroft

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 02-July-2019

Book Blurb

Victor is a bad man. Is there anything he won’t do for power and money?


Destroy a local business so he can buy it cheap? Kick out its owners and turn it into a cash cow? He relishes the chance.


Idris is a good man in possession of a renowned tea-house. He’s put his heart and soul into the place. It’s everything he has and wants...


Except for Victor.


He wants Victor too.


Can the love of a compassionate man soften a predator’s heart before it’s too late? Or is Idris doomed to lose his life’s work, and his heart with it?


Book Review

“Possessions delude the human heart into believing that they provide security and a worry-free existence, but in truth they are the very cause of worry.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Victor St. John, of ‘Seeing Red’ by Alex Beecroft, is the very definition of a self-made man. He started with his company at the very bottom and worked his way up to where he is now. The trouble is, where he is, is not a good place to be. Without a crumb of guilt, Victor destroys businesses in order to purchase them from desperate owners. Money is security to him. Victor assumes that it is the bottom line for everyone else as well, that is, until he meets Idris, to whom money and status are low on his list of importance.

In order to get a promotion, Victor and his obnoxious bully of a coworker, are assigned projects; the winner will get the job. Victor’s project is to destroy the reputation of a tea cafe in order to make the owner sell out. To facilitate this effort, he attempts to seduce the owner, Idris. He visits the shop when he unexpectedly comes across two thugs attempting to drown some puppies. Just as he’s run the jerks off, Idris comes out and witnesses what happens. Immediately, this endears Victor to him. Victor considers this a gratuitous turn of events, because it gives him an instant in. Victor figures that it will be simple to keep Idris distracted with all the things his wealth and body can give, while, behind his back, destroying his future.

The thing is, Idris is not the pushover Victor assumes. Idris is flattered, but he has morals and is not as materialistic as other people are. Victor is perplexed when Idris isn’t impressed with expensive dates, flashy cars, his mansion, pricey gifts, etc. Victor begins to wonder if Idris is interested in being with him at all. Idris notices Victor’s wealth and is physically attracted to him, but he has other priorities. His tea house represents more than monetary success to him. It’s his declaration of independence from his family, a chance to prove to them that he can be successful on his own. They do not know that he is gay; Idris is terrified to tell them. He does not want to lose their love and respect. Idris doesn’t depend on them and refuses to accept money; he doesn’t want to be under their control. His relationship with Victor, from his perspective, is approached from a place of trust and joy. He loves being with Victor and feels happier than he has ever felt in his life. Idris is even more elated when Victor asks him to move in with him. This sense of security prompts Idris to do the thing he has dreaded, tell his parents that he is gay. Idris is tired of hiding. He wants to live honestly, with Victor by his side.

Victor is out of his depth with Idris. Growing up in an orphanage, he never experienced love. When he starts having unfamiliar feelings for Idris, he has no idea of how to express them. He realizes that the reason Idris is worried about his failing business and that is his fault. In order to fix it, he tries to manipulate the situation at work so he can control the acquisition and put Idris back in place as manager. When he tells Idris of his shady scheme and how he plans to fix it, Victor assumes that Idris will be okay with it. if Idris still has the cafe, it won’t matter than he doesn’t own it. Victor is very wrong. Idris is devastated by the deception. He feels betrayed, and worse yet, wonders if it’s the only reason why Victor wanted him to begin with. Immediately, Idris leaves a stunned Victor behind, who is trying to sort out what has just happened.

“Money can’t buy happiness” is a familiar saying, but it’s indisputably true. Victor thought that money would help him feel secure, but he always felt like a fake; no matter how much he made, he still felt like that bullied, orphan child that no one ever loved. It’s only when he learned what was truly vital, that he was able to drop the self-loathing and fear and learn to love. Thanks, Alex, for reminding me of what’s important.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 298 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-May-2019
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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