Title: Architect of Love
Series: Fated Soulmates #2
Author: John Charles
Genre: M/M Romance
Published: November 27, 2016
He could work miracles with His Hands
Lance Bartner loved working with his hands, made his living refinishing furniture. Nights out were for fun with friends and the occasional hook-up. Though the L word had never been spoken, he would have enjoyed a relationship had the right man crossed his path. But who would want a laborer like Lance? He wasn't college educated, didn't live in a fancy loft condo, didn't drive a Lexus, and didn't even own a suit.
Forrest Dentren, was an architect and city planner who had become a local name when his design for the Monroe City Center was chosen as one of the top three contenders. Well educated, extremely well built, and as both men and women put it, just plain hot. Some said he was married to his job, others said he was too picky, many said he didn't want to share the spotlight.
One hot, uninhibited sex-filled night
When Forrest broke his routine and went clubbing on a weeknight, he spotted Lance. The attraction was immediate from both sides of the dance floor. They both felt it. A few drinks later, still feeling it, they left for Lance's apartment.
It was never supposed to turn into anything more than one hot fuck
Two people from opposite ends of the world, no roadmap, not directions, no ideas how to make it work.
Architect Of Love is a hot and steamy, gay romance novel with no cliffhangers. It is the second book in The Fated Soulmates series and can be read as a standalone.
This is my first book from John Charles and while I liked his quick story telling style, there wasn't much of a connection with these characters for me.
We have Forrest and Lance, each running thier own vastly different, successful businesses. They meet and quickly parlay it into a one night stand, however each feels they want a little more when it's all said and done. However, Forrest is a busy man, so the one night stand seems to have worked out better for him in the past. While Lance is a guy that's more insecure and pretty much lets Forrest treat him like crap.
I think that's when I checked out of this story. Lance was a furniture restorer, a great one, yet always felt less than Forrest, who was a city planner, not a rockstar, as he seems to think he is. Too much was made of Forrest's job being so high and mighty. It didn't work in my mind how people were stopping him of the street acting like he was some sort of celebrity.
At one point Lance and Forrest of course couldn't make it work because Forrest was just too busy, so Lance kind of sort of moved on (good for him) and I actually liked this other guy way better than Forrest.
The book is well written, but didn't keep my interest. I liked a lot of story packed into a few pages, however felt like there was too much focus on Forrest and his job rather than the budding relationship between the two men.
"This is a steamy and yet also endearingly sweet romance. For a sexy good time, characters to love, and a good combination of sweet and spicy, this gets 8/10 fountain pens." - A. M. Leibowitz
"This was a good book about how being insecure can destroy what may be the best things in your life." - Gay Book Reviews
"Its a fun read, a good story, realistic with characters I could get behind, and a sensible mix of story v sex. Stars: Four, a great read with realistic storyline." - Jeannie Zelos book reviews
"If you like sexy architects, hot craftsmen, fated love, second chance, not a lot of sex but just enough to heat up a story and an all around good, sweet romance this is for you." - Cathy Brockton
Larry Thomas aka John Charles spent his youth struggling with reading. Not until his late teens did he discover the cause - dyslexia. Only then, with guidance and professional help, did he learn to read. From that point forward, he discovered his love for the printed word.
Ironically, as a father reading to his children his desire to write was born. Reading to his children was a nightly ritual. "I wanted them to fall in love with books."
Writing was always part of his professional career, but not until he retired did he move from creating marketing and technical materials to writing novels. Now, as a full-time author, Larry writes Romance / Mystery / Thrillers using the pseudonym John Charles.
His books can be found on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold.