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Xavier's Way

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  271 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Nailing an embezzler got him so much more than money...

Xavier De Los Santos is on the brink of financial ruin. Stratler Homes has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Xavier's best vendors are refusing to work with him. Worse, he knows who's responsible: his embezzling ex-fiancée, Lindsey.

Jordan Belten is the accounting half of Belten and Belten, the prestigious law
ebook, 100 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Etopia Press
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Elisa Rolle
This is the first romance I read by Diana DeRicci, even if I knew that under her other pen-name of Diana Castilleja she has a following in the het romances field. There is one thing that I liked of this story and another one that I’m not sure: what I liked is the starting point of everything, a fiscal fraud. That is not so common in fiction and instead a way too common, and even simple crime to commit.

Xavier De Los Santos is a construction business owner with a money problem: his ex-fiancé, who
Jan 02, 2011 ElaineY rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
I like GFY themes and jumped on this the minute I spotted it even though I've never heard of this author. XW would have been a good story if not for Xavier coming across like an adolescent from the first page. I don't mean that he's immature or whiny, nothing bad, in fact. It's the way his character's written - grown men who've been engaged, who run their own business, do not carry on like schoolgirls over their first crush and that's how Xavier was over his attraction to Jordan.
Jan 21, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2011, ebook
Good m/m romance about a guy who realizes that his now ex-fiance was siphoning money out of his business. But what are these strange feelings he has for the handsome auditor he's hired to gather evidence of his ex's wrongdoing?
Jul 21, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-mm, 1-all-favorites
Xavier's love story

The story of how Xavier and Jordan's relationship came to be is a heartwarming one. I really felt for Xavier, he got royally screwed over by his ex-fiance and felt like his life was going down the drain. Jordan jumped right in and even though it was his job he went out of his way to reassure Xavier and to try and get the answers as quickly as possible.

I loved the secondary characters, especially Nicky. One character I would have loved to have met was Nicky's sister, since she
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Sweet GFY romance.
Xavier's ex-fiancée not only stole from him and almost ruins his business, no she is homophobic witch !
Fortunate she isn't on page and we only hear about her.
Jordan is sent to audit the books and see if he can find the who/where/when of it, so Xavier can try and recop his loses and save his business.
Jordan falls in love/lust with X pretty quickly, we hear they spend a lot of time together and become friends but because of the length if the story we don't see it.
X starts questi
Jul 11, 2016 Tammy rated it liked it
I wish the story would have been just a longer. Just to see how Xavier and Jordan's life panned out a couple of weeks or months from the ending. I also liked how Xavier was freaking out over being gay. That was a little funny with the inner pep talks going on!
Really good story and loved the story line of the embezzling ex. That was a little different.
Leela Sundy
Mar 09, 2011 Leela Sundy rated it really liked it
Normally, I wouldn’t choose an m/m book over an m/f – my preference you understand, not that I haven’t enjoyed that genre – I’d read almost anything by Lynn Lorenz or Tere Michaels – however I read an excerpt of this one and decided to try it.

Though short, the characters are well developed, and I enjoyed the way DeRicci made Xavier’s sexual preference change believable. It helped that both men were likeable, and the added tension of looming bankruptcy made the story zing along.
I didn't connect to MCs.
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 14, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Favorite Quote: “Yes, Xavier. I think you’re gorgeous,” he replied, a husky whisper that melted Xavier to the floor.

Xavier’s ex-fiance has screwed him over – big time. After falling in love with her at the office, he hired her as his in-house accountant at his Stratler Homes company. His ex siphoned off so much money, his company is now in financial ruin. Needing to build a case up against her so he can start to get his money back and repair damaged relationships with clients, he hires Jordan Be
Apr 22, 2011 Tam rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Jordan is a forensic accountant and is assigned a case by his brother. Xavier's business is nearly going under and he suspects his former finance may have been stealing money from the company but he has no proof. He needs Jordan to find the proof and he's on the verge of bankruptcy. Jordan is instantly attracted but since Xavier is obviously straight having been about to marry a woman he doesn't make a move. Xavier however is kind of freaked, not only his business going down the tubes but he's a ...more
Maria (aka Fashionta)
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Review at Confessions from Romaholics

Xavier Santos has a big problem – he is pretty sure it’s related to his ex- fiancée, Lindsey. It seems she has embezzling millions from his company. And now with his finances on hold, he is losing vendors, everything he’s worked so hard for going down the drain. But he can’t prove it was Lindsey! So he is forced to seek help from the prestigious law firm of Belten and Belten where Joran Belten is put in charge of helpin
Feb 13, 2011 Ter rated it it was amazing
4.5 to 5
Aug 28, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
My review is cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

Xavier De Los Santos didn’t discover until too late that his ex-fiancée was embezzling funds from his company and messing with his vendors. Now on the brink of financial ruin, Xavier needs the help of Belton & Belton, a law and accounting firm.

Jordan Belton heads up the accounting half of Belton & Belton and he’s eager to help Xavier out by finding the proof the other man needs to bring charges agai
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Oct 21, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it it was ok
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Dalia ;)*
There are only two things to take away when reading this book. Gay men are obsessed with clothing and a sexy body. Closeted gay men are even more obsessed with how a man dresses and a sexy body. Oddly enough, neither Jordon nor Xavier worked in the fashion industry. Jordon is a financial lawyer and Xavier is some kind of builder firm.

The romance story while sweet was either under-minded by information that didn't make sense or distracted by what each man wore. Rather than getting to know Xavier
Feb 17, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Xavier owns his own business. He worked hard for it. He met Lindsay. Soon she was working for him and sleeping with him. She hated his two gay friends. Even accused him of sleeping with them. She said he had sex like a gay man. Xavier threw her out. Problems with his venders and customers were killing his business. He hired an accounting firm to audit his book. He had a string feeling Lindsay embezzled from him.

Jordan is an accountant. He gets assigned to audit Xavier's book. Jordan thinks he's
May 25, 2014 Staceyr rated it it was ok
DNF...actions and reactions didn't make sense to me, gave up 3/4 through.
Apr 08, 2014 Charneen rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-books
a good story but needed more meat to it
Dec 22, 2014 Beck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

What. An. Odd. Book!

If rabbits, hyped up on crack, with ADHD, wrote romance, then this would be the kinda book they would write ... every time I picked the book up my heart-rate sped up to cope with the testosterone-fueled humping that (metaphorically) was this book ... nothing about this story is realistic ... we are talking a classic porn set up ... with rabbit-like staccato bursts of smex ... read this book if you want to feel jittery & hyper but don't look for realism or a satisfyi
Wendy Ann
Apr 20, 2012 Wendy Ann rated it really liked it
I seem to really enjoy a good m/m gay-for-you themed story and definitely satisfied my desire for one with this book. The tension and energy just sparked between Xavier and Jordan. I loved their chemistry and appreciated their willingness to talk as well as take things slowly given the gay-for-you theme. By the end, I did wish for a few more answers to help me feel that their HEA was sustainable and because I cared to know what happened to these characters. In other words, I liked it – a lot!
Jan 29, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
4.5 stars
Aug 29, 2013 Laney rated it did not like it
Not the author's best book. Drags on and annoyingly repetitive. The main characters appears to be like two teenage girls who's nervous about their 'first time' - compare to most m/m books I've read, two men inlove/in lust does not skirt around the fact that they want to get intimate and more! Even their first kiss and the build up to it was about 5 pages long!
Diana DeRicci usually produce great books but this is definately a different writing style.
Feb 16, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
I like my m/m to lean towards more romance than erotica. This story was more towards the erotica. The characters were very likable, but there wasn't much character development and I never really connected to them. It seemed the story was rushed and the point was the sex scenes. They were good scenes though . What I liked best was the happily ever after. Those will always make me smile :)
Ale Rivero
Jan 03, 2015 Ale Rivero rated it really liked it
Xavier!!! Yo quiero un Xavier, lástima que le gustan los chicos. Sin embargo, creo que Jordan resulta perfecto para él, un contador que parece completamente aburrido y falto de encanto, resulta al final un hombre completamente sexy y sabe conquistar a Xavier con su sola personalidad. Aunque ambos tarden en finalmente ponerse de acuerdo y estar juntos, todo puede lograrse. Recomendable
Jul 01, 2012 leigh rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-bn
3.5 stars. Enjoyable but simplistic GFY story. The evil bitch villainess was hard to take, even though she was entirely off-screen. The boys were entertaining, especially Xavier (Jordan was a bit too much the perfectly understanding nerd for me), and appropriately hot together. Fun, sweet read which I will come back to.
Dec 27, 2010 Mandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
Very enjoyable read from Diana DeRicci. I enjoyed the slow build-up from friends to lovers. And I have to admit, the GFY plot device is one of my favorites.

My only issue would be I actually wanted more at the ending. I would of liked to read about the reactions of Xavier's friends/family were he to have the talk with them.
Apr 14, 2011 Lily rated it liked it
Recommended to Lily by: Chris
This was a nice story, GFY themed, about a man who's ex-fiancee left him, and his company, practically bankrupt after she embezzled funds. When he hires an accounting firm to help track the money he ends up finding more than he expected as he surprisingly falls for the gorgeous, male, accountant.
Fairly nice and enjoyable. Not a very conclusive ending but it didn't leave me hanging either. Likable characters, acceptable pace, nice idea... All in all a nice book. Glitter is still my favorite Dericci book though, and I have a feeling it will always be. Mmm.
Feb 12, 2011 JoAnn rated it it was amazing
Loved the book Jordan and Xavier's journey of helping each other realize who they are and that loving each other is okay. Xavier's Way
Jul 20, 2014 Candice rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, m-m
I think I need to re-read this for a better rating. I read this while on vacation and I was constantly putting it down because I was busy. I think if I read it in one sitting like I normally do my rating would be higher.
Jan 24, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
I loved this little story. Really, really loved it. I would have five starred this sucker had it been long enough to include the scene where it ended and has Xavier loosened up enough to do more in the smexing department.
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Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci’s writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story.

Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal.
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