My Thoughts: I give it ♥ Mary Calmes is a hit or miss for me. Some of her books are believable while some are just meh. For me, this was just meh. A Japanese man who doesn’t have people skills and a Caucasian project manager who does. It should have been a hit, but the time jumped so quickly without development of their relationship other than ‘in the last year he…’ Sorry. It’s a fail for me.
Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.
Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.
When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?