"When love's for sale, who really pays?"
Connor Morrison is a 3-D optics pioneer, the star of the UC Berkeley physics department, and a socially inept workaholic. And with his dear friend and business partner, Steve Campbell, handling their investors, he's content to remain in the shadows. That is, until he meets the gorgeous and starry-eyed physics student Wes Martin.
Wes is brilliant but broke. Ever since his scholarship fell victim to the financial crisis, he's had no choice but to sell his body to stay in school. Already half in love with Connor, Wes initially resists Steve's offer to be Connor's thirty-fifth birthday present. But in the end, Wes is too broke--and too smitten--to say no.
Connor has no idea Steve bought Wes's attentions, and he quickly falls under the young man's spell. Yet after one night together, Wes disappears. He can't bear to hook with a man he could so easily grow to love, but he also can't bear to tell him the truth. Besides, if he sleeps with Connor again, there'd be no way to hide the bruises one of his regular johns loves to inflict. Only one thing to do: let Connor go. Walking away is painful, but not nearly as much as building a relationship on lies.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: non-consent.
Interesting story of an older man finding new love with a former student, even though their initial "meeting" is slightly unorthodox. Can love find a way? Wes may have some insecurities that lead him down the wrong path and maybe he should have been able to find better ways to earn his way but hindsight is 20/20. However, if he had made other choices he may have never met Connor, Fate can definitely be a fickle mistress.
Loving your best friend is hard . . . especially when he's marrying someone else.
On the surface, Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country’s top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he’s restless and dissatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.
A chance meeting with a handsome escort lifts Steve’s spirits and opens his eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men—and his love for his best friend and business partner, Connor Morrison.
Connor might’ve loved Steve like that once, but now it’s too late for their happily ever after; Connor’s about to ask his boyfriend to marry him. Fortunately, it's never too late to learn about yourself, and maybe Steve can find a happy ending on his own.
More of a "companion" installment as opposed to a sequel to Priceless. This story follows Connor's friend/partner, Steve, as he makes some major realizations about his life and the directions he wants to take, if he's determined to be happy.
How can you plan for the future when escaping the past seems impossible?
After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wes—even with the best of intentions—makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding in New York.
It doesn’t help that Connor still treats Wes like glass, though Wes insists he’s recovered from the brutal assault he suffered a year and a half earlier. Wes may be okay, but Connor isn’t. Memories of taking a battered, terrified Wes to the emergency room that night still haunt him, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from any and everything life might throw at him.
But Wes has had enough. Between the specter of the ethics complaint and Connor’s overprotectiveness, he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.
This is marked as #3 of 4 but after reading it and reading the description of #4, I'd say it should have been reversed but it doesn't really make a difference. There's a character mentioned in here that is introduced in #4 but that's about it. A very good addition to the tale of Wes and Connor. We find out what happens next in their relationship as well as some family drama on Wes' side.
Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing.
Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple-red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible.
One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.
Personally I think this should be read before Fearless but the truth is it doesn't really have any effect on that story other than learning who Gil is. Gil is the exact type of person that you never seen Steve with and yet at the same time, you know they're perfect for each other from there first meeting at the beach. Steve does have an uncanny ability of foot-in-mouth disease that makes you want to just give a good shake.
Irresistible Attraction Volume 1: Connor and Wes(#1 & #3)
Running a world-class optics lab doesn’t leave Connor Morrison much time for a personal life, but he’s happy with his nose buried in his research until brilliant young student Wes Martin catches his attention. What begins as a simple one-night stand becomes more complicated as feelings enter the mix and Connor discovers that Wes has been selling himself to pay for school. And that’s not even the worst secret Wes has been keeping.
When Connor rescues Wes from an abusive john, their feelings for each other become too strong to deny. Fast-forward eighteen months, and wedding bells are on the horizon . . . until an ethics complaint threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s graduate studies. Worse, Connor’s still haunted by memories of Wes’s brutal assault, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from anything life might throw at him.
But Wes has had enough. Between the ethics complaint and Connor’s overprotectiveness, he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.
Irresistible Attraction Volume 2: Steve and Gil(#2 & #4)
Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country’s top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he’s restless and unsatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.
A chance meeting with a handsome escort opens Steve’s eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again—especially since his feelings for his best friend and long-time business partner are unrequited—and Steve’s at sea in San Francisco’s gay social scene.
Gil Alvarez, a skilled mechanic struggling to make his auto shop a success, just might be the perfect guy for Steve. One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. But while Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers the secret Gil’s afraid to share.
Irresistible Attraction Complete Collection
Professors Connor Morrison and Steve Campbell run one of the busiest 3D optics labs on the West Coast, which doesn't leave them much time for a personal life. Connor's happily buried in his research until brilliant young physics student Wes Martin catches his attention. But what starts as a simple one-night stand becomes more complicated when Connor discovers how Wes has been paying his tuition. After Connor and Wes work through their issues and start planning a future together, Steve realizes that his feelings for Connor run a lot deeper than friendship. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and Steve's at sea in San Francisco's gay social scene. Gil Alvarez, a mechanic struggling to make his auto shop a success, just might be the perfect guy for him . . . if they can get past Steve's awkwardness and the secret Gil's afraid to share.
Follow Connor and Steve on their respective journeys of self-discovery in this interlinked quartet of sexy, emotional novellas.
Award-winning author Cat Grant's been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs.
If you're looking for epic sci-fi, fantasy, or historicals, that's not me. Contemporary all the way, baby!
However, if you're looking for down to earth, complicated characters dealing with real-world problems (and the occasional comfort read!), I might just fit the bill.
Irresistible Attraction Volume 1: Connor and Wes
Irresistible Attraction Volume 2: Steve and Gil
Irresistible Attraction Complete Collection