Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Whistle Blower
Author: Dev Bentham
Heroes: Jacob Nussbaum/Ben Anderson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Money can’t buy happiness. Jacob Nussbaum knows this better than anyone. He’s a corporate lawyer deep inside a huge New York firm, where he works overtime, sacrifices any chance at a personal life, and has been selling his soul for years. With a secretary as his only friend, he trudges on, until his whole world is blown apart by a manila envelope of photos—evidence that one of the firm’s partners is the dirtiest lawyer in one hell of a filthy business.
In search of the truth, Jacob travels to a small northern Wisconsin fishing resort. There he meets Ben Anderson, a brutally lonely man, who knocks him off his feet. Ben prompts Jacob to reevaluate his life. He’s a dozen years older than Jacob, still recovering from the death of his long time love, and doesn’t want to leave anyone a widower. But a jaded New Yorker on a soul-searching mission might be just the man to convince the grieving Ben that it’s never too late to begin again.
Review: Jacob has devoted his life to his career, but his life is pretty empty. When he receives information that implies his firm has been making shady deals, his investigation leads him to Ben, who runs a fishing resort on an island in Wisconsin.
Ben is still grieving the loss of his partner of 20+ years two years after his death. He secludes himself on the island and runs the resort he and his partner owned with the help of his sister-in-law. He gets by with the occasional casual hookup with resort guests but has no interest in anything serious.
Jacob is at the resort to confront someone about the allegations he hopes will take down his current law firm. Unfortunately, or fortunately, that man has a habit of cancelling his vacation plans. Jacob and Ben hit it off, become friends and a casual hookup relationship begins. They carry on, meeting up whenever a chance at meeting up with the “suspect” occurs.
Jacob realizes what is missing from his life, but Ben is determined not to enter into a relationship with someone so much younger. He was much younger than his partner, and having to watch him suffer illness and die was too hard. He is adamant about this not happening with Jacob and him.
This was a really sweet, yet sometimes sad story. My heart broke for Ben and everything he had and lost with his partner. Ben and Jacob really were perfect for each other, and it was easy to forget the age difference. These guys had a very mature feel to their relationship, which I found very refreshing, even if Ben was a bit stubborn about things. The mystery surrounding the shady dealings was interesting in an Erin Brockovich sort of way, but it was their growing relationship that stole the show for me. I ended up really enjoying this story and will definitely be looking for more stories from this author in the future.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*