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This one is a little surprise. Usually light romance (not the angsty type) are about perfect characters who are wealthy and handsome, or poor but with dreams, or Cinderfella meet Prince Charming, or Beauty and the Beast, or hot Cowboys under the sun, or sexy Firefighters. This one is about two... salesmen! All right they work in one of the most chic boutique on the Fifth Avenue at New York but still salesmen. And maybe it's like an old cliche, which said that all the stewarts and salesmen are gay, but well, once a time I like very much to read of 'normal' characters.

Country boy Tim, 20 years old and still hoping to become a professional dancer, arrived at NY to frequent NYU and soon he found a job as salesman. Now 5 years later he is a successful salesman in one of the big store and he still frequent his classes but maybe, very deep inside himself, he knows that he will be forever a good salesman and never an avergare dancer. He is handsome, and he has had his share of hot guys to spend the nights, but now he is ready for something more steady. Something or... someone? Like Colin maybe, Armani tuxedo Colin, perfetly trim blond hair Colin, icy blue eyes Colin, top salesman Colin, forty years old Colin. Four years before, when Tim met for the first time Colin, he felt head over heels for the man, but Colin was in a relationship with a 21 years old businessman and he was very committed and faithful. So Tim has spent the next years admiring him from afar. But now they work in the same store area and Colin now is free, having lost his lover one year before.

The two characters are wonderfully written. Tim is a tender guy with maybe starry eyes, and not so cultured and sophisticated, but he is a good guy, who has managed to find his way in life and now, even if only 25 years old, is ready to settle down. Colin is a perfect glamour fashion man, always impeccable, always polite. He is not jelaous of other men, not cause he is ego, but cause he is too perfect to become conscious of everyone around him. But he is not nasty. He is too perfect to be nasty! The age difference between Tim and Colin, even if not remarked by the author, is clearly. Colin is controlled and aloof, the reader is not surprised that he has had a relationship with a 21 years older man, he is clearly written in every move. Colin is not the type of one night stand, is not the type of sex at first date. He is not a man driven by his passion. He will make wait Tim, he will drive the relationship at his pace. If Tim wants him, he has to gain him. He has to be worthy to stay with him.

From what I have written, you will think that Colin is not a positive character, and instead I like him very much. I think at him like a character of an old Hollywood comedy, a Cary Grant type. And I think he is the center of the story, around him all the other characters, even Tim, but he has a bright of his own.

  elisa.rolle | Jan 12, 2008 |
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The fragrance and cosmetics’ department at prestigious Bartons On Fifth Avenue boasts some of the finest products in the world, along with the prettiest people to sell them. With movie-star looks and ambitions beyond his day job, Timothy Wilson fits right into the mix. While working as counter-manager for a prestigious fragrance line, Tim is also pursuing a Masters Degree in Dance at NYU. When his line is moved to a new selling bay within the department, Tim is thrilled to find his new counter located next to that of the handsome and debonair Colin Welling, a man he’s admired from afar for years. 

Colin isn’t quick to jump into romance, however, after illness claimed the life of his longtime lover. But, as the Christmas season unfolds, the striking pair grows closer, both at work and outside of it. Unfortunately, Tim discovers that Steven Oberman has been hired to work at Bartons, too. One of Tim’s numerous lovers from the dance world, Steven becomes obsessed with getting Tim back. With this and other past indiscretions brought to light, Tim fears for his evolving relationship with Colin—whom he has come to regard as the man of his dreams.
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