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I've heard a lot a great things about Aleksandr Voinov and his Dark Soul series
. People have recommended him to me left and right, so when I saw that Riptide Publishing
had posted Gold Digger
, I knew I had to give it a try. And holy John Travolta, I'm so glad I did.
I never read M/M stories for the sex, but seriously? This book was H-O-T. I cannot even explain to you the hotness of that was this book. The chemistry between the characters, the way the scenes are written… I'm blushing just thinking about them. They are perfection. Mr. Voinov writes intimate, sexy scenes that are, in my opinion, very hard to come by in M/M romance. I can honestly say that I've never read a novel with as realistically written sex scenes as the ones in Gold Digger
. And now I want to go read all of the author's books to see if he writes that way all the time. My wallet will be weeping soon.
What I loved most about this book was how real and mature it was. A lot of romance novels that I've read, whether it be MM or M/F, don't really have characters that seem like hardworking adults, or adults at all. The characters in Gold Digger
felt like people I could know, if I knew anyone in the business world… which I don't. The interactions and conversations were like those you hear between in real life. It's weird to say, but it actually didn't feel like I was reading a novel, but seeing someone else's life.Gold Digger
is somewhat of a companion to the Special Forces series
. Vadim, one of the main characters in the Special Forces series
, is Nikolai's father. Though this can be considered a companion, it can be read as a stand-alone. You do not need to read the Special Forces series
to understand what's going on in the book.
Nik and Henri should be enemies. Henri works at his uncle's company and Nik works for the gold explorations company that Henri's uncle wants to buy. The attraction between them starts a series of events that will ultimately lead the two to serious relationship. Nik's not gay, but he's coming to terms with the fact that he's bisexual. He's slowing figuring out that Henri is the object of his affection, even if Nik says all that he wants is sex. Henri used to be a playboy. He's used to men using him and leaving, but Nik makes him want more. To make their relationship work, they must trust each other and not let what happens in the business world control what happens between them.
The author said that this was a "sweet and light contemporary," but it still hurt my heart at some points! God only knows what Mr. Voinov can do with an angst-ridden novel. My heart is clenching just thinking about it!
Basically, what I'm getting at is I adored this novel. Now every book Mr. Voinov has written needs to make its way onto my kindle. If I like the next book I read by him as much as I enjoyed Gold Digger
, he will definitely turn into an "insta-buy" author for me. M/M romance fans, who want maturity in a story's writing, plot and characters, should definitely pick this one up! It's more than worth the read! The readers will be left smiling and sighing.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley.