Author: Nix Winter
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Blurb: The card is elegant, simple. One single word on it, ‘Dream’, and it’s Cade’s key into Toshiro’s world, a world of sensual truth and secrets like Cade has never dreamed of before.
Toshiro sees clients. Sometimes it's for a Japanese tea ceremony. Sometimes it's for something more ... personal. Cade comes to him searching for information about a missing brother. He's not looking for a spanking or the thoughts of a beautiful, mysterious man, but he's likely going to get more than he bargained for.
So, What can I say about this book? Besides that I love it, because that isn't really enough to go on. It's hard to talk about a book when the writer is your friend, and you don't want to sound like you're pandering. But I have to say, Nix writes like I wish I could. She creates characters that I want to know. I have to admit, and I have to her a few times, that I'm a little bit crushin' on Tosh. Perhaps it's like Cade says, and everyone who meets him falls a little in love with him, even if he only exists on paper, but then, that's the mark of a truly good writer isn't it? To create characters we wish were real people because it seems like the world would be a better place if they were in it.
As a writer and a reviewer, it's a rare story that loses me in the beauty and rhythm of the words, in the lush settings, that really lets me let go of that little voice inside that's looking for something to pick on. When I get to the end of a story and realize I haven't been critiquing it the whole way through, I know I've read something worth talking about, and passing on and sharing, because everyone should have that experience of getting lost for a little while.
This book has one of the sexiest, and yet most understated love scenes I've read in ears. As erotic writers, I think sometimes we get a little caught up in the details, in making sure we get the mechanics right, and we lose sight of the bigger picture of why the characters are on their backs in the first place. In a story where the men aren't supposed to fall in love, the idea that the love scene is about just about everything but sex is refreshing. Nix hasn't lost the forest for the trees here. In fact, she's created a zen garden where only the most basic and important elements have been included, and all the extraneous, distracting noise and clutter have been eliminated.
Have I said she writes like I wish I could? Well, she does, and you should read this book.