A short, sexy read. Just what I needed to break up a hectic week. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, and how it was basically a novella. The characters were decently fleshed out
NY Nights: Bodyguard Edition, 2
Love like yours is seductive…
Mason Naylor is the gruff CEO of Spartan Security and at forty-five, he’s all work. The one light in his life is his friend, Dax Martin—a twenty-seven-year-old Broadway star and the kind-hearted man he’s secretly in love with. But their age gap and the fear that Dax is ready to move on to a Hollywood career has Mason holding tight to his long-held feelings.
Love like yours is sweet…
Dax Martin is a Broadway actor on the rise. He’s endured his share of personal struggles over the past year, but he’s come out stronger. Dax knows the sensitive man behind Mason’s badass exterior and his longtime crush can’t wait another minute. What’s a little white lie if it means helping the man you love realize what’s right in front of him?
All’s fair in love because … Love like yours is everything.
Be Warned: m/m sex
Mason was used to being alone. It was probably better that way. But his feelings for Dax tormented him, growing stronger with nowhere to go, and Mason was ready to jump out of his tattooed skin. And observing Oliver and Jon’s intense love for one another made Mason’s own desire for things that he’d never thought about before—a home, a family—clearer. It also made him uneasy. He felt like he was back in the army and headed into an unknown but likely dangerous situation. All his senses were on high alert.
“Fuck this,” he mumbled aloud to himself. Determined to get his mind focused and back on work, he decided to get rid of his stress in another tried-and-true way. The first interviewee wasn’t due for another hour, so Mason grabbed his workout clothes. Having a gym on-site was a necessity for his staff and himself. He worked out daily, and it afforded him the luxury of stuffing in greasy burgers and fries once a week. And a chocolate milkshake. Maybe two.
After checking his cell one last time, he headed out of his office, walking through the reception area and out into the hallway. He raced down two flights of stairs until he reached the second floor, and the gym which occupied the entire space. Besides the usual treadmills and weight machines, Mason had two large rooms built for sparring and martial arts training. He sauntered past two of his best bodyguards, Eli and Luis, who were currently battling it out on the mat, and then headed to the locker room to change. Five minutes later, he wandered back out to watch them finish.
Mason needed to stop thinking about Dax for a while, and there was nothing like the rush of a match to unlock endorphins and refocus his energy. Mixed martial arts was a common practice for many of Mason’s bodyguards with good reason. It kept the reflexes quick and the body agile. Eli won the last round, and he bumped Luis’s fist as they walked off the mat.
“Eli, you want to spar?” Mason asked.
“You sure, boss? I don’t think it would be a fair fight.” Eli chuckled as he grabbed a towel to wipe off his face.
Mason wasn’t as fast or powerful as twenty-nine-year-old Eli, but he was still in prime shape for his age. He quickly wrapped his hands and stepped onto the mat.
“I’m not as young as you, but I’ve got a shit ton of stress to work out. And I always fight to win. Let’s go.”
Mason and Eli circled each other with fists raised. Several bodyguards who were working out stopped to stare and trash-talk the showdown.
“Come on, M, take him down!”
“Show him who’s really boss, Eli!”
They sparred for almost twenty minutes, and Eli got a few good jabs in, but Mason had frustration on his side, and he landed more blows. Someone yelled time out, and they both stopped, gasping for breath and in dire need of hydration.
“You all right, boss? That’s some pent-up aggression you got out of your system,” Eli commented as he wiped down his face and neck. Eli was one of Mason’s oldest employees, hardworking and quiet. The man looked ferocious, but he was a giant teddy bear. At least, that’s what Dax called him. Fucking Dax, get out of my head!
“Yeah, I got a lot on my mind,” Mason answered as he unwrapped his hands. “Interviews today for two new hires and a proposal for the Wayward Lane summer tour contract. I really want to win that fucking bid.”
“That would be awesome. They’re the hottest rock band around. I got to see their show at the Garden last month. It was out of control.”
Mason nodded. “Yup. That contract could open us up to more large-scale gigs.”
“Good luck, boss. By the way, I’m glad that Dax is doing well.”
“Yeah, he is,” Mason replied as he snatched a towel and wiped down his face. His cell phone pinged, and he grabbed it out of his bag. It was Cutter, Dax’s uncle, and Mason’s best friend. Cutter was the only one of Dax’s family that supported him after he came out, abandoned by his parents. “Sorry, Eli, I’ve got to get this.”
He wandered down the hallway to the locker rooms for privacy and answered the call.
“Cutter, how the hell are you?”
“I’m good, Mase. How’s things in New York? You keeping an eye on my nephew?”
If Cutter only knew just how closely Mason watched Dax, his friend would probably blacken both his eyes.
“As always. In fact, something happened at his apartment, and he’ll be staying with me for the next few weeks.”
“Good. Now that he’s filming that movie, he’ll have paparazzi following him around. I’m still worried after that kidnapping attempt, but I know you’re watching out for him. Anyway, I called ’cause I’m thinking of heading out there at the end of the month for a visit.” After his stint in the army, Cutter moved to California and ran a successful organic farm. Like Mason, Cutter didn’t have a significant other, even though he’d dated a lot of women over the years.
“Great, we can hit the town and catch up. Text me when you have the details.”
“I will. Until then, keep an eye on my boy.”
Keeping his eye on Dax was a promise Mason had no problem keeping.
What a sweet and romantic novella. I’ve been waiting for Mason’s story for what feels like forever (okay it’s probably only been a couple of months). I love when the big bad tough guys find love and get mushy. Seriously, if I had to choose only one trope, that would be it. Mason is the head of his security company, an ex-military, tattooed badass, with a crush on his best friend's Nephew. Dax is a sweet and stubborn actor almost 20 years younger than him. I love all the times that Mason gets growly over Dax. Though he’s determined the age difference is too big, and he doesn’t want to hold Dax back from his dreams, he can’t help but want to lose his mind over Dax dating someone else. This non-romantic guy really knows how to say swoonyiest things. So much love for this couple. 4.5 Stars You can read this on its own, but I highly recommend reading book one because you get some background and build-up for their story and it’ll make this so much better. And hey, they’re both novellas so you can read them both in one night!
a spoonful of sugar anyone? more like buckets!!!! I loved this book. I think the way ava wrote the romance of these two amazing men gave me a sweet tooth. okay, so I do have a weakness for a man with a tough exterior being all mush gushy when he's in love but this was so good that I had to force someone else to read some of the highly romantic paragraphs to see if I the hopeless romantic in me wasn't just projecting. anyways this is one of the few books that I would recommend to anyone who loves ready charming romances. and I just know that I'll be getting my hands on a paperback copy of this book one way or another. I did love it and would recommend it.
Was simple and clean not unnecessary drama. Once he decided to follow his heart . He went all out. I just like it was simple understandable cute story. Matured and lovable characters
This new series is just as good as the previous one. Dax and Mason finally getting together was an interesting story to read. I can't wait for more.
I was happy to get to read Mason's story and Dax is just a perfect match for him. An easy and quick read that left me smiling when I finished.
This novella was delightfully fun and romantic! I whole heartedly enjoy watching a grump give into his feelings and Mason was a true grump! But that made it fun as Dax had to keep trying to find ways to woo him! These two were sexy, sweet and so perfect! This was an easy and heartwarming read that left me smiling at the end! Just two very different guys finding what they need in each other!
So, if you read the first book of this series, Hate to Love You, then you know Mason is a grump like no other. The only person in the world that can get a smile out of him is the talented little actor, Dax. Dax was introduced in the first book also. This time, Dax is stepping up his game to make Mason notice him. Things do not go as planned but then again, maybe they do. Everyone around the two know that they have a love that is beyond words, but Mason just cannot resolve himself to thinking such a young, handsome and talented man could love him for more than a short time. As he is trying his best to resist all of the advances Dax makes, his internal monologue is fun to read. Dax also has some inter-monologue that brings a chuckle or two. When another person is out to get Dax, Mason is there to protect what is his and his alone. He also shows and speaks with a romantic side no one but Dax knows exists and it is super sweet to read. Pick up this great second book in the series and read along to watch this love story unfold. It is a favorite of mine now especially since I liked both characters in the first book and knew their story would be a good one with grump/sunshine trope in full force.
This was, perhaps, one of the cutest and sweetest romances I've ever read. What a refreshing take having the main conflict NOT be the relationship. I mean, okay, yeah, there's the initial conflict but that 3/4 conflict that is usually a matter of miscommunication that makes you want to throw the book across the room? No worries, you won't experience that here. You get that sweet sweet romance and actual plot to pull the story along. Is this technically a novella? Not sure, but it's a super fast and fun read. The perfect way to spend an afternoon.