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What He Wants

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  85 reviews

Christo's life fell apart when his partner of eight years walked out on him. There wasn't even a reason for it: sometimes love just fades, as quickly and mysteriously as it appears in the first place.

Enter Damien. Damien's the guy with a different man on his arm for every event, he's smooth and arrogant and always impeccably turned ou
ebook, 340 pages
Published April 28th 2012 by Croft House (first published April 1st 2012)
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May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
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May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely. very believable and romantic lovestory between two CEOs who only on the surface appear to be similar.

There was so much I loved about this book: the reality and real maleness of the characters, the British understated and cultured authorial voice, the forthright glimpse into the male mind, for the author, albeit female herself, has got it right so many times. Even though I at times wanted to thump Damien and Christo into displaying more sense, they behaved like so many real men
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, contemporary
PHEW. This book is heavy going. For all the reviewers who have been complaining about a lack of realistic books this one is for you.

Where to start? If I wrote everything I'm feeling after reading this book we'd be here all week, that is the type of book this is.
The characters are written beautifully and there is a gradual growth to Christo and Damian's relationship that continues to build through the entire book. There were few places where questions remained unanswered and the setting was per
Angela Bee Bee
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela Bee Bee by: my dad
Shelves: dads-books
This reminded me of Gold Digger and Rough Canvas. I liked that it was about the relationship and not 'being gay'. There was very little external conflict, and for men, their work is very important to them. Full of beautiful phrases and a very romantic and sexy appreciation of eachother. ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Sweet rivals to lovers story. Business turns to pleasure as Christo realizes Damien isn't the man he thought he was. Decent read, but I felt disconnected from it. Might be because the book I read just before had stellar dialogue and this one limped along. ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
One of those books I've owned for four or five years, it finally came up on a challenge and, of course, I wonder now why I didn't read it sooner. Authentically Brit, I enjoyed the author's writing style, UK terminology, and most definitely I enjoyed the characters.

Damian and Christo were rivals at their company, more so in Christo's mind than in reality, but after a series of false starts, Christo decides to give Damian the benefit of the doubt and the two become friendly, then bedmates, and th
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not think that I would but I really liked it. Damien and Christo were really good together and I really liked that they fought for each other .
there were no forced non-communications and I liked that Christo called, when Damien wanted to freeze him out and Damien just stayed with Christo when he was afraid.

I would have liked it when we would have seen more page time with them at the end.

all in all a good read
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog

3.5 Romantic Stars

First off I have to thank Kate Aaron for mailing me (from the UK to the USA) a copy of her wonderful book. I won this during the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia:


What a wonderfully rewarding romance. This is ALL about the developing relationship and romance of two men who are initially competitive teammates, but are compelled to work together to avoid a difficult workplace scandal.

Neither of these two are looking for a
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica
DNF at 30%

It is appalling really just how terrible this writing is.

Here's a woman who just moseyed on over to her laptop one day under the misconception that she's a writer to the detriment of the reading public on whom she seeks to foist this rubbish that evinces an utter lack of any skill.

Apr 29, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF..... After reading the chapter with the rape and subsequent excuse for it, I disliked the way it glossed over the issue. Not for me.
May 01, 2012 marked it as contemplating-its-sins
Shelves: 2012, dnf
Not going to make it through this one - not getting into it, and inconsistencies have already shown up, just a chapter or so in.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing novel that kept me entranced throughout. Aaron sets forth some brilliantly crafted descriptions that allow you to visualise everything in detail. This novel was very well and naturally written. Aaron’s fluid writing style allows you to float through life right alongside the characters. Everything that this brilliant author presents to you shows just how real the world that she sets forth is. You don’t read this novel, you live it.

The main characters in this novel are phenome
I fell in love with oh-so imperfect Christo and Damien!
This was a gem of a find for me, I loved almost everything about this book, its real-ness, its slow build to a relationship, even the characters struggle to re-invent themselves professionally in order to stay together. This was a very real book, with all the imperfect and flawed behaviour of two young men, one who was just climbing out of the depression of the end of a long-term relationship and then other who has jerk-syndrome. In fact I l
Jacq ~
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
The storyline was great. The plot was well thought of. The suits HOT!
I really wanted to like this one... But this was a very difficult read. 1) The MC did not have the right chemistry. 2) Some of the words used were disconnecting hard to follow the flow. I could have been having a off day cuz I really like the start...and dang I really like suits .

In the end it was just ok.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-consent
Interesting, sweet, & well-written. It felt a bit slow for me, but I'm not sure why it felt that way as the plot advanced normally. A pretty realistic at an every-day romance with real-life pressures (job, finances, etc.) ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Big price drop to $0.99 from $4.99 at Amazon US, 2/17/14 :)
Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-romance, m-m, rape
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Anna Kļaviņa

0.5 stars from the rating because (view spoiler)

It was good read but not perfect.

I couldn't connect with Christo and he i
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sorry, but this was a miss for me. I didn't particularly like either MC. The book was very poorly edited. I encountered some of the longest run on sentences I've ever seen. There's only so many times you can say "I looked into his chocolate-orange eyes" before it makes you scream. I almost DNF the book but I persevered to the end, which was not a very satisfying ending for the length of that book. ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt, 2020, sh-2020
A good read. What starts out as friends to enemies, turns to hurt comfort with building friendship and love. Christo’s key issues is not really learning to love again, but to trust again. Living through Christo’s stress with his job was just depressing. So glad for the HEA at the end.
Carol (Kimiko)
Oct 01, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I guess
Recommended to Carol (Kimiko) by: Gerald Kubicki
It was a OK of a book

This was just an okay read for me. I thought the story was a bit wordy and the ending was really abrupt. I really liked the MCs and the concept was good but it all got kind of lost in all the unnecessary words. I found my self skimming over sections especially after the 50% mark.
Elisa Rolle
I enjoyed the previous book I read by this author, but it was, well, light, in the meaning that it was an average read. So yes, I didn’t expect nothing different from this one, and I was very pleased to discover that instead this was a very good contemporary novel, an old fashioned office romance, and a story that well develops the relationship between Christo and Damien.

Just out from a 8 years long committed relationship and a bad break-up, Christo doesn’t want to be involved again so soon; Chr
Jonathan Mason
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, apart from two things. Christo and the "rape" scene, and both of these together. Either Christo is really fucked up and has no idea what he wants (title of the book), at first he is all dominant, 99.99% top, then he gets almost brutally "raped" by Damian. It wasn't a rape as you would think and as it is defined (sexual intercourse of any kind without consent), but WHY? Simply, WHY? Maybe because he wanted to be needed SO BADLY he allowed that? While being a top? Doesn't ma ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Pushing it up to 5 coz it deserves this..

I am sighing oh-so pleasantly ever since I started reading this book. Christo and Damien have made me fall in love with them. Their journey is superb, and it seems so realistic. Like, it is always something that I can relate happening in real life. The events that happen - some good, some unimaginably worst – bring these two sweethearts closer and as you read their story, you realize how badly you want them to have their happily ever after by t
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This is a right time frame kinda book
I would have rated this a 3 stars if i had read it at another time. Since i read it at a time when i knew exactly the kind of book i wanted, hence the 4 stars.The sex is hot. The MC's are arrogant at times. They made excuses for each other as a way of forgiveness to explain their behavior and stay together.
But i did like the story line. Professional work rivals who are attracted to each other and fall in love. And also there was no unnecessary conflict and dr
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Kate Aaron book so far! That's saying something since I think she's extremely talented in all her writings. This book is wonderful! Damien and Christo go from boardroom enemies to bedroom lovers. Watching the entire thing transform before your very eyes is entertaining and joyful. Both men are as stubborn. Both want the same thing. I want to hide Damien away for my very own and never return him. LOL! This is a beautiful story and I loved every part of it. ...more
Kendra T
This was a pretty good story. Damien and Christo were hot together...when they finally got together. I felt that Damien was very misunderstood by Christo and that Christo's opinion of him was unwarranted. The author tried to have us understand why Damien was so
"awful", but I didn't see that come through. I ended up finding Christo to be unfair when it probably wasn't intended that way. I liked when they finally got together, however, and the growth of their relationship.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alright, not-a-keeper
3.5 to 4
It's a fleshed out relationship book, which is a bit of a change in this market, but a great change. I've read later Kate Aaron books and her writing has definitely improved from here, but i did enjoy this.
The hysterical review at the top of GR stating there is rape is pretty misguided - rough yes, consensual yes <- and that is the key
Wasn't really a keeper or a loved one, but it was good deeper read from some of the light crap I've skimmed over recently
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, erotica
I loved this book! The characters are very likable and believable with just the right amount of angst, just the right amount of romance, just the right amount of sexy, steamy love scenes and just the right amount of problems that a relationship can endure without seeming like all the bad things happen to this people. It is just the right book. I loved loved loved it.
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Born in Liverpool, Kate Aaron is a bestselling author of the #1 LGBT romances What He Wants, Ace, The Slave, and other works.

She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights.

Kate swapped the North West for the Midwest in October 2015 and married award-winning author AJ Rose. Together they plan to tak

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