Although he has a ton of books out, Sean Michael is a new to me author. And while I found this book to be fairly enjoyable, I don’t know that I am going to rush out for more of his books.
Henry is a loner-ish game designer who lives in the snowy mountains. Once a year the X-treme games are played practically in his backyard. So when the athletes start arriving, Henry heads out to see the sights- of the athletes. Ecco is a snow boarder who seems totally carefree. But he is practically held captive by his manager.
After a crash on the slopes and a beating by his manager, Henry helps Ecco escape and offers him refuge in his house. Alone and secluded, they quickly fall for each other, but Ecco needs to face his demons- his manager.
Although nearly 29, Ecco comes off as a kid. He has that snow bunny talk that pervades everything. “Dude” and “duders” are a serious buzz kill in a sex scene. Henry is older and seems to fall into that vernacular far too often. It just doesn’t fit his character at all.
We don’t get a lot of background on either of these men except that Ecco’s manager “discovered” him as a kid and took him away from his life and family to join to circuit. We know that Henry is a video game designer and lives alone in the woods- and we find out later about a twin sister, but that is it. No other friends or family. We also never know exactly how old Henry is. He is just described as “older”- which leaves a lot open for interpretation.
There is so.much.sex. in this book. Pages and pages and pages. I get it- new relationship, you are going to get it on often. But when I find myself skipping paragraphs and rolling my eyes, it might be a bit much.
While the ending was a bit predictable, it still had a bit of a surprise for me. It was a nice wrap up to a story that could have been super angsty but came off as a bit too “totally rad man” for me.
Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home, and the snow. He also loves that the X-treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes.
Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding. He knows he’ll never make it to the big time, but as long as he can get on his board and go, he doesn’t care. If only his manager, Blake Dobbs, would cut Ecco a break. The man’s possessive and mean, and believes he owns Ecco.
When Henry and Ecco meet at the Branchberry Games, it’s lust at first sight. An injury on Ecco’s qualifying run offers an opportunity to spend quality time together at Henry’s home, away from the crowds and out from under Blake’s thumb.
At this rate, lust might turn into love, but not if they can’t keep their romance hidden from Blake.