“Stay with me. Make me your home.”
Fitness professional Jay Capello has recently accepted a summer position as personal trainer to teenager, Sassy Wright; daughter of movie stars Eben and Ingrid Wright. Sassy is a fifteen year old terror to her parents and the household staff. After threatening to release a home video revealing her parents personal secrets regarding their marriage and sexuality (in effort to destroy her dad’s career), Sassy has been confined to her room without a cell phone, computer or any outlet to the outside world. Bodie is Sassy’s personal security guard and cousin to Eben. After leaving the military and Homeland Security, Bodie had a difficult time finding employment and when Eben proposed handling security it seemed like the opportunity he was searching for. Bodie knows that Jay is the latest stranger Eben has brought into the family fold in order to distract Sassy from destroying his career but what Bodie doesn’t count on is the distraction and attraction Jay poses to him directly. Bodie knows Jay’s job is temporary and they should not pursue anything beyond a professional relationship. But both seem unable to quench the attraction or the flirting and when Jay makes the first move with a kiss, all bets are off for keeping it strictly professional.
“Time stood still wasn’t a term Jay ever understood until then, because the kissing seemed to go on and on. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d simply sat on a porch and made out with someone for ages, satisfied with the simple eroticism of another mouth, the intimacy of it as a soft, warm breeze caressed them. It continued for an eternity, tongues tasting and exploring, lips gliding. Confident now that Bodie’s enthusiasm matched his own, Jay relaxed into it, letting himself go, kissing the other man as passionately as he desired.”
I discovered Darien Cox earlier this year when I stumbled across his short story, Edges, and I was immediately drawn to his voice and style of writing. I wanted to love Fit for the Job and while I found myself fully engaged in the story, I was not elated. That is not to say the story is bad because it has a well developed plot, an eccentric mix of secondary characters that provide their share of drama and two male protagonists that have initial chemistry from the start. There is honest emotion, intense lust and sexy encounters that I’ve grown accustom to from this author. What was missing for me was that electrical charge I’ve witnessed in the past from Cox’s dialogue between the main couple. Those push/pull testosterone fueled moments that I’ve read in his previous stories that not only show the characters imperfections but give the relationship and interactions, spark and fire. Jay and Bodie were almost too nice for me as a couple. What little insecurities and tension they experienced with their relationship was primarily internalized. They both lived with plenty of drama on the job but as a couple they were just going with the flow with a comfortable, budding relationship while enjoying steamy trysts in the bedroom. Again, nice is not bad and the book is well written with a steady flow but after reading and loving some of the prior books in Darien Cox’s backlist, I was expecting more. I still enjoyed the story and characters and as always look forward to more from this author. Readers that enjoy a nice, sexy, contemporary m/m without major angst or insta-love will most certainly enjoy Fit for the Job.
Jay trailed fingers up Bodie’s arms. “I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this.”
Bodie chuckled. “Do you feel like a prostitute? Or a pony?”
“I feel like the luckiest hooker pony that ever lived.”