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Off-Balance

(Peachtree #1)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Love doesn’t always add up.

Russell Bishop is a rising star at Vantage Marketing.

Stephen Parker is the company’s CFO.

A spilled cup of coffee gives them an opportunity to act on the mutual attraction they’ve both been trying to ignore. But attraction isn’t enough with an almost twenty-year age gap and clashing expectations about their relationship.

Fiercely independent, Ru
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Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 384 pages
Published August 3rd 2020 by Two Peninsulas Press (first published July 10th 2014)
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Ed Davis
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Way too much drama for me. I liked Stephen and Russ, but the constant fighting and running off from each other just wore me out. Then the whole business with his father dying and having to go to Putnam for a funeral was more angst and drama. I will not be reading the next book. I’ve read quite a few of Brigham Vaughn’s books and loved them, but this was too much of a downer.
Rachel Emily
I first read this book when it was the original set of 4 books. Now I've learned that the author has revised, edited, expanded, and is writing A NEW book after the original set of 4! I'm so excited as I just love Stephen and Russ. This combines the books "Equals" and "Partners" and the next two will be combined as well.

Age gap is one of my favorite tropes in romance, and I absolutely fell in love with Russ and Stephen. Russ is 28 and Stephen is nearing 50. The two meet when Stephen spills coffe
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JD Crittendon
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In for a Penny, In for a Pound!

Spilled coffee, an at work-related accident starts a chain of events that leads young Marketing Analyst Russ & handsome CFO Stephen to an epic romance. This tale starts a bit shallow but grew into a good, almost literary tale. I enjoyed the tempestuous and controlling MCs, the unique and charming
co-characters, and a soap opera-ish premise. This tale had all the feels: it was funny, sad; I was angry and tearful. Overall, Rating: 4.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fernanda Parente
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although I'm not a fan of books with a age gap, I really liked this book.
At first the age difference between Stephen and Russ doesn't even seem important given the sexual attraction between them, however this theme is the “elephant in the shop”.
The fact that Russ wants to maintain his independence from Stephen's money is also a theme that undermines the relationship
Both men have past issues that shape their ways
There is some nice angst set against sweet and sexy moments
With Stephen's emotional
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ML
too much insecurity and bickering to be a romance

Age gap and boss/employee two of my fave tropes in a mashup, yes please.

I’m 32% in and they have already said the I love yous and now I’m super nervous because they are way too happy ,way too early. Now, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop and a BIG conflict to emerge….

The big conflict seems to be Russ’s immaturity and Stephen’s possessiveness. Ugh the constant conflict is getting on my nerves.

I’m barely going to finish book 1. These charac
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Sarah
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This book starts as a corporate age gap romance between two executives but it quickly becomes something bigger as the focus turns to Stephen’s difficult family background.

At the start of this book, Stephen is everything a silver fox executive needs to be. He’s polished, successful, handsome and kind. He’s a little too buttoned up for my personal tastes but he’s a perfect match for Russ who wants to grow up to be ju
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Leelah🍁♋️ Orion
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, m-m-daddy
And they got there

What a journey. What a journey of hurt and working in ones self in order to be with another. This story wasn’t an easy one. There were miscommunication or lack of communication. This story was about learning what it takes to be in a relationship and all the fears that come with that. The writing was great the smexy was hawt and the few side characters were ok. I feel like we didn’t get the entire story so I’m glad there is another book.
Stephanie Carvalho
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Brenda Moser
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written MM romance with strong characters in Russ and Stephen. The author does a great job developing their story and gives them a slow burning romance. They have many issues to work through including the age gap between them.The scenes are painted in vivid detail and the story flows fluidly. I enjoyed and would recommend this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
Bibliophile
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Will rate this book after I finish the series. So far, it's an interesting read. It's not a typical romance; the story is more of a slow burn and goes into more of the daily reality of both characters than most romances would typically do. Will say more after I finish books 2 and 3... ...more
Steph
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok


For me personally this book was too wordy. Too much happened. The book was too long. Filled with unnecessary story lines. If the author felt these plot points had to be in the book, maybe it would have been better if it’d been split into 3 separate stories instead of one long one.

My biggest problem though. The insecurity and lack of communication between the two MCs. Listen, I LOVE an age gap story. They’re my jam. I cannot get enough and rarely do they fall flat for me. This one did. Stephan i
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Karolina Cebula
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, in-english
Human hands have their limits and Stephen learns it the hard way when trying to hold too many items at once, he spills coffee in the corporate hallway. He is reacting very quickly, unfortunately for Russ, the company's young rising star, it is too late anyway. That's why Stephen decides to take responsibility for Russ' sprained ankle and the fact that he hit his head on the floor. He invites the young man over to be able to look after him. However, it is not without significance that both are cl ...more
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Sarah – ☆☆☆
3.5 stars

This book starts as a corporate, age-gap romance between two executives but it quickly becomes something bigger as the focus turns to Stephen’s difficult family background.

At the start of this book, Stephen is everything a silver fox executive needs to be. He’s polished, successful, handsome, and kind. He’s a little too buttoned up for my personal tastes but he’s a perfect match f
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Heather
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
New Edition(reread) Review August 2020:
The things a cup of coffee can lead to and when it's an ill-timed spilled cup . . . well let's face it sometimes it's the inconveniences in life that lead to the most satisfying results.

When I was youn . . . well awhile ago the local PBS station use to run a British sitcom called May to December following the relationship between and older man and a younger woman. I loved it, it was funny, sincere, romantic but not soppy. I mention this because I rarely see
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Emily Hernandez
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
In the beginning, this story felt like a hasty meet-cute. Russ and Stephen crash into each other's lives and immediately jump into bed, race into dating, and confess their love for each other. By the time my brain caught up to where the story was, they were already happily in love and in the honeymoon phase of their relationship. I was so caught off guard by how quickly these men came together that I didn't feel like I connected with them until much later in the story. It was only after the fair ...more
Amy Stauffer
Man, I love a good age gap love story. Maybe it’s because I can relate to it, as my husband is 13 years my senior. 🔥🔥 I agree with Russ. Older men are hot!

This is book one in a series, and I believe it did an excellent job of setting the tone for books to come. I did not read the original set of four books, but as I understand, this combines the first two and expands upon it. I will admit that I became curious about how it was before. I loved this version of it, so I will just let that curiosity
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Smut Librarian
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first thing I loved about Off-Balance by Brigham Vaughn is how fast I got a sense of the main characters. They meet very quickly in a memorable scene when Stephen spills his coffee in the stairwell. While he is off finding something to clean it up with, poor Russ slips on the spill and hurts himself. The very responsible Stephen of course feels completely at fault and takes Russ under his wing… 

I immediately loved their instant attraction to each other and, even with the age gap, found the c
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Ravenclaw Silverstripe
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. I love the whole series, and I am so glad that it's been updated and refreshed with new covers and all.

Not much is different in this updated version but for added scenes here and there. I appreciated the added bits as it helped me to understand Russ a bit more. Admittedly, when I first read this book, he annoyed me. I could see what Stephen was doing for him was out of love and wanting to keep him safe, but Russ's immaturity and his pride put me off a few times. Th
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Emily Pennington
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Stephen Parker, the CFO, had his hands full of important papers, an iPad, and his phone, so when his espresso tipped, he had no way of rescuing it. It was 7 am and Vantage Marketing was deserted at this hour, so he left the puddle so he could put everything on his desk and went back with a Wet Floor sign. But when he got back there, a man was already sprawled on his back in the mess and groaning loudly.

Russell Bishop is a new marketing analyst at Vantage Marketing. He slipped on a coffee spill,
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Anne Harris
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So times you just need to have faith that it will work out
Stephen Parker is the company’s CFO and like always he is in work hours before he officially needs to be there. But that's how he likes it. No one to stop him and start talking to him to distract him, delaying him. But this morning he had he arms full of work and a coffee. And when he drops his coffee on the stairs he knows he has to go and clean up the mess before someone slips, but he isn't fast enough and low and behold when he gets ba
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E.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars


“Off-Balance” by Brigham Vaughn features Russell Bishop and CFO Stephen Parker from the same marketing firm. Their unexpected attraction requires adjustment, both at work and in their personal lives, especially since there is an age gap, and each man must learn to keep past experiences from ruining a potential future together.



This contemporary gay romance is the first story in ‘The Peachtree’ series and features a couple of men who have quite a few potential obstacles to overcome. I lo
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Juniper
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Romance blossoms when older executive Stephen spills his coffee and trips up Russ, a younger junior employee, then takes him home to recuperate. It's a classic rom-com meet cute, but it's also the beginning of a relationship that is much more complex, and real, than the premise might lead you to expect. From the beginning, Stephen and Russ are compatible physically, but have to work to create satisfying emotional and intellectual bonds as well. There are a lot of imbalances between them: Stephen ...more
Megan
A sexy older man, a hot younger man, a world of differences to keep them apart, but willing hearts and a release of pride are what they need to forge the kind of future each of them yearn for. Stephen is the kind of devoted, caring, sexy, and domineering man I love reading about. Russ is enthusiastic, young, determined, and incredibly stubborn. Both of them suffer from the weight of past experiences and it bleeds into how they treat one another and think of themselves. If they hope to have a bri ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Off-Balance, the start if the Peachtree series, is an entertaining Brigham Vaughn book.

This is a co-worker romance that all starts with a spilt coffee. After Russ is injured, Stephen is there to nurse the younger man back to health. It's definitely a strange set-up, but ignore than and just go with it.

Russ and Stephen are complete opposites, one older with job security and no money problems. The other young and starting out.

Their tale is not all sunshine and rainbows. Russ's backstory is sadd
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Stephanie W
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brigham's books always brings me a certain level of sated joy. You are literally immersed into the lives of main characters and their supporting characters. If it weren't a work of fiction, you could see how easy it is to mistake her well though out story lies as a completely real life. You can however see how the real world building took time and patience to bring together.

The characters of Russ and Stephen are no exception to that rule. An office romance that we've either endured or dreamed a
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Julie
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this slow burn between silver fox Stephen and young Russ. Although the timeline of the book was maybe 5 months, given the nature of their romance it was very thorough and covered a wide variety of topics. A recurring theme was how both men dealt with the age gap in their relationship and the fact that Stephen was already very successful and Russ was just starting his career. Russ didn’t want to be ‘looked after’ by Stephen he wanted to put in his share for things which at times ...more
Amy Weller
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal and I absolutely loved it! A wonderful story of love, loss and insecurities, the story of Russ and Stephen is a definite must read! They work in the same office but in different departments and Stephen is much older than Russ. One day, Russ falls and hurts himself on the coffee Stephen spilled on the floor and it will start the two on an amazing journey. Russ stays will Stephen while he recovers from a concussion and sprained ankle and the chemistry builds until they can ...more
Sharon Cox
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars rounded up to four.
I liked this book although there were times when I wanted it to move along. I think that the book was a bit too wordy and, if it was a little shorter, it would have worked a whole lot better. That being said. I still liked it.
This is a May-December romance and, although both main characters work in the same firm, they are in different departments and their relationship is in the open from the start. Stephen is the older CFO of a company and Russ is lower
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Joyfully Jay
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


Brigham Vaughn combines two of her previous releases into one new book to begin a series that will feature new material in the future. Until then, Off-Balance follows the story of an age gap couple, Russ and Stephen, as they navigate the rough waters of a new relationship that is threatened by past hurts both men need to deal with before they can go all in and trust the other. For Russ, his mother leaving him and his sister going to live with a homophobic and ultra-
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