||Noble Romance Publishing
Bryl R. Tyne
Sometimes love is best unspoken.
Twenty-five year old social butterfly, Levi Finley couldn't be more mismatched for his middle-aged, introverted counterpart, biomedical tech, Rob Langston. What happens when two so utterly opposite men come together? Besides the hottest sex in Levi's young life? Throw in one opinionated mother, misunderstanding friends, and one hell of a birthday party at the wildest, gentleman's gentlemen club in town, and friction, a notch above wild, is bound to ensue. Will Levi allow doubts to destroy their relationship? Not if Rob has any say in the matter. But that might not be as easy as it sounds, considering Rob's preferred communication is always best unspoken.
"Ooh, two whole words. Big spender." Winking, I accepted his proffered elbow. We laughed our way up the walk, stopping at the feet of a pair of muscled jocks just inside the entrance. Two-sizes-too-small black t-shirts blended into near-as-tight black jeans. The taller and younger of the two men's gaze lingered.
Rob's eyes sparkled with their typical deviousness as I glanced his way.
"Really?" I asked. With the dip of his chin, I knew I had his approval.
A real-life Rambo, no doubt. I stood before the beefcake, my fingertips admiring the long and softened, ebony curls that fell over each shoulder, outlining pathways to stacks of hardened meat poured from each of his sleeves. "May I?"
The bouncer glanced at Rob. In anticipation, I sucked in my bottom lip.
Rob gave his okay, and I smoothed over the bouncer's bared and flexed upper arms. Christ, I'd never felt anything like it. "Give me a kiss, big boy."
Feigning shock, he grabbed my ass and pulled me flush as I wound my fingers through his hair. He crushed me against a chest of pure rock, his tongue exploring my mouth as I wandered the massive buffalo-like hump of muscle piled atop his already hard shoulders. Even through my suit, my stomach could count the hills in his overly defined torso.
Interrupted by the increasing line of patrons and the clearing of Rob's throat, I waved Rambo goodbye as Rob led me away.
"It's true." I leaned closer to Rob's ear. "You know. What they say about guys built like them."
He busted out laughing as we neared the first bar. I didn't need to finish saying the guy could've been nicknamed Tiny.
Rob turned from the bar and handed me a drink. I took a long pull on the thin straws. A Zombie. Guess he wanted me feeling really, really good tonight. "Thanks. What're you having?" Probably, scotch.
"Scotch," he said.
I knew it. Nothing new with Rob. More than once he'd informed me he reserved his experimenting for the lab. He preferred his home life stable. I couldn't knock it. At least he was predictable.
"Hey!" My friend Mark slipped an arm around my lower back, as Clay and Joey trotted up behind us.
Rob exchanged curt pleasantries and disappeared. I shrugged. Like a trusty St. Bernard, he'd be hovering near if I needed him.
"I don't think I'll ever understand that one," Joey said. Mark nodded his agreement.
"Come on, guys. Rob's not that bad. He's just . . . a private person, that's all."
Clay's arm appeared over my shoulder sporting a drink. "Happy birthday, Levi. Drink up," he said, capturing my lips before I reached the glass. Perfectly fine with me. I steadied the drink and pulled him closer. As a kisser, Clay was the best. Always had been. Too bad he couldn't hold a job. I thanked him as I pushed him away.
After a cautious few sips, I worked in earnest on the Long Island Iced Tea. At this rate, I'd be wasted in no time.
Caen Nymph, Literary Nymphs
Levi Finley is young, hot and has everything going for him so his friends and his mother don't understand why he would date a middle-aged introvert, who literally says nothing. Levi knows why he stays with the man but when their taunts get into his head, Levi starts second guessing himself--that is until his quiet boyfriend decides to remind him exactly why he stays.
Best Unspoken is a very original story, a premise that had me glued to my seat. The funny thing about this story is that I didn't completely warm up to the couple but the writing pulled me in and inevitably made me curious to know more about the characters. Levi is young, compared to his forty or so boyfriend Rob. His mother and friends don't approve and consider his quiet lover "creepy". I felt bad for Rob; he was judged because of his age and his introverted personality. Levi's friends, and to a lesser extent, his mother were rather horrible and I was surprised that the character was so easily swayed by their opinions.
Overall Best Unspoken is a premise that would have worked wonderful in a much longer book, where it would have been given more time to develop. The characters' relationship is fascinating enough and the writing was solid. I felt the story was rather a fragment of their relationship--and in the end left me a tad confused because there was no character development. However, the author has me very interested and I can only hope the author decides to make this story into a more feature length novel.
Elisa Rolle, International Reviewer
Best Unspoken is a really short story, less than 20 pages and barely a night in the life of Rob and Levi, but it has some interesting points. Levi is a 25 years old social butterfly; in the space of the night we haven't the chance to understand what Levi does for living, we only know that he is living with Rob, a 44 years old high executive. Rob has the beautiful car, the beautiful apartment and the beautiful boy at this arm... and in a way Rob is also the classical "daddy" type: he takes his boy out and let him play with his buddy friends, also naughty games, since Rob knows that at the end of the night, Levi will come home with him.
All people around Levi, from his family to his friends, tell him that they don't understand how Levi can be with a reserved man like Rob; Levi is full of live, he likes to go out and dance, he likes to tease and be at the center of the stage, and Rob seems unmoved by Levi's behavior. But they have an agreement, an Levi knows that Rob is pretty much interested in what Levi does, Rob is always there, looking even if not talking. And what at a first glance can appear like a daddy and boy's relationship, in the private of their bedroom can reveal some unexpected turns, that work good since they are best unspoken. There is no need of words between Rob and Levi, they understand each other perfectly, and those few times when Levi doubts Rob, mostly due to the fact that Levi is young and probably wonders what Rob finds in him, Rob is always ready to prove to Levi that they are perfect together.
What is between Rob and Levi is one of the possible evolution of a May / December relationship; Rob proves to be a very wise man, since he can't break the wings of a young butterfly like Levi, but he knows that, if he let him fly around, Levi will always come back in his arms, if he is near and ready to welcome him back.
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