Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: His Quiet Agent
Author: Ada Maria Soto
Heroes: Arthur and Martin
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 156 pages
Release Date: May 27, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubical writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.
Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.
Please note this book has a Heat Rating of zero.
I’m not sure how I stumbled across this book but I’ll admit, I decided to read it because of the title. When I started, I had no idea what the book was about. I guessed it had something to do with maybe the FBI or a secret agency but not exactly what so when I started it, I didn’t expect to be pulled in immediately.
Boy was I wrong! Arthur’s simplistic life really grabbed ahold of me. I liked his little spirit and how stubborn he was. I liked that he took the criticism from his supervisor and tried to make himself more known. It was interesting to see how he tried to make himself more ‘friendly’ towards his coworkers. It was actually quite funny because he ended up coming off as more flirty than friendly.
When he tries to get to know Martin, though, that’s when I really fell in love with this book. It starts off as two co-workers eating together quietly and before they knew it, it was turning into more. I liked that they were so comfortable around each other and how different their relationship was than other relationships. I could tell feelings were developing between than even though neither of them wanted to admit it. It was just soooo sweet because Arthur kept denying anything was happening when it obviously was developing into more.
I absolutely ADORED this story but I will admit, this isn’t the book for someone who’s looking for a traditional romance because this one is all about subtlety and friendship but what I really liked is that I’m pretty sure Arthur and Martin are asexual because Arthur really isn’t into a sexual relationship and Martin makes it known that he definitely can’t give himself to Arthur like that. And I liked that about them because Arthur accepted it and was more interested in Martin’s heart than anything else.
This story was exactly what I was looking for without even realizing it. The only hiccup is that we really don’t know anything about Martin. He’s still a huge mystery but that didn’t stop me from loving this one. I loved the quietness between Arthur and Martin and how Arthur slowing won Martin’s trust over. It was sweet to see that happen and how Martin opened up to Arthur as much as he could. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a subtle romance about a quiet semi-friendship that turns into something a little deeper.
Overall Impression: I LOVED IT!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*