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 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
If you are looking for a quick read that is M/M, then Architect of Love by John Charles might be the book you are looking for. It was quick with a HEA, and overall it was a sweet story, but it did have some issues.
Forrest and Lance met at a gay nightclub and hit it off. They immediately went back to Lance's place and proceeded to get to know each other better. It was only supposed to be a one night stand, but sometimes, you find something unexpected in the oddest of places. Now if only Lance can get over what he feels is the space between them.
I liked the overall story. It tackled issues of having to deal with a career and a relationship, as well as what happens when on person feels unequal to their partner, and I liked the chemistry between Lance and Forrest. That said, there were some issues as well. It was rushed, at one point it went from 3rd person to first person and then back again, and there were a few phrases that didn't make much sense to me...things I couldn't quite picture in my head.
The relationship between the two main characters was good, as was their relationship between them and their best friends and family. And while there isn't cheating per se in this book, there is something that some people may not like. I didn't have a problem with it though. My issue that Forrest's best friend calls Lance's mother, and then nothing is ever done or said further about it. It seemed unnecessary. In addition, some of the details about Forrest's business seem off from what I know about city planning.
Overall the story was good and enjoyable, but there are issues with the book. Even with that, I still recommend it for a quick read and a sweet type of relationship. 3.5 stars.
Architect of Love had so much potential but fell flat for me.
About half way through the book the POV changes from third to first and back again.
Some of the details about the inner workings of being a big firm architect were off as well.
The love scenes lacked...fire and were over quickly.
For me, this story felt rushed. I would have loved to see so much more detail and perhaps a better build up with the characters.
I'm giving it 3.5 stars from me.
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.