Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Selfless Man
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Series: Men of Manhattan #6
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 132 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he’s never had before.
For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he’s finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who’s been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan’s alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame?
Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?
Review: As our series progresses, we’ve been introduced to new characters. In this, we have one of Mason’s brothers and an “adoptee” of Casper’s finding a love connection.
Michael is a fire fighter who previously identified as straight, but in the aftermath of Mason and now, Tiernan’s new “walk on the gay side”, he’s apparently open to being with men now, as well. He’d seen Ryan, who is a rent boy/errand boy for Casper one night on the street and been captivated ever since.
This book just plain didn’t work for me.
I needed Michael to spend more time with his newfound bi-curiousity/gayness. I needed Ryan to make me understand why he chose to continue his unsafe rent boy practices once he’d landed a “real” job with Casper and I never understood what happened at NYU that put him in such debt – especially if he’s still in school, why would he need to be paying that debt now? What could possibly rationalize selling himself for a school loan? Loan shark? Yeah. Mob debt? Yeah. The student loan collection agency? No.
I thought there were just a few too many unanswered questions and dangling plot devices for this to really work for me and I couldn’t get past them to find myself invested in the story or it’s characters.
(On a side note, I think the nail in the coffin is how Ryan asks Michael to “prove” his love for him… I just felt skeeved out by that and by that point I really felt this book wasn’t on par with the rest of the series.)
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*