Book Reviews

Irresistible Attraction by Cat Grant at Cat Grant Books

Genre Gay / Trans* / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 03-May-2021

Book Blurb

All 4 IRRESISTIBLE ATTRACTION novellas, collected in one delicious volume!

PRICELESS
Connor Morrison is a 3-D optics pioneer, the star of the UC Berkeley physics department, and a socially inept workaholic. And with his dear friend and business partner, Steve Campbell, handling their investors, he’s content to remain in the shadows. That is, until he meets the gorgeous and starry-eyed physics student Wes Martin. 



Wes is brilliant but broke. Ever since his scholarship fell victim to the financial crisis, he's had no choice but to sell his body to stay in school. Already half in love with Connor, Wes initially resists Steve's offer to be Connor's thirty-fifth birthday present. But in the end, Wes is too broke—and too smitten—to say no. 



Connor has no idea Steve bought Wes’s attentions, and he quickly falls under the young man’s spell. Yet after one night together, Wes disappears. He can't bear to hook with a man he could so easily grow to love, but he also can’t bear to tell him the truth. Besides, if he sleeps with Connor again, there'd be no way to hide the bruises one of his regular johns loves to inflict. Only one thing to do: let Connor go. Walking away is painful, but not nearly as much as building a relationship on lies.


DOUBTLESS
On the surface, Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country's top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he's restless and dissatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.



A chance meeting with a handsome escort lifts Steve's spirits and opens his eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men—and his love for his best friend and business partner, Connor Morrison. 



Connor might've loved Steve like that once, but now it's too late for their happily ever after; Connor's about to ask his boyfriend to marry him. Fortunately, it's never too late to learn about yourself, and maybe Steve can find a happy ending on his own.


FEARLESS
After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wes makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding. 



It doesn’t help that Connor still treats Wes like glass, though Wes insists he’s recovered from the brutal assault he suffered a year and a half earlier. Wes may be okay, but Connor isn’t. Memories of taking a battered, terrified Wes to the emergency room that night still haunt him, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from any and everything life might throw at him. 

 But Wes has had enough. Between the specter of the ethics complaint and Connor’s overprotectiveness, he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.



FLAWLESS
Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing. 



Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible. 

One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.




First edition of 'Priceless' published by Riptide Publishing, May 2012.

First edition of 'Doubtless' published by Riptide Publishing, July 2012.

First edition of 'Fearless' published by Riptide Publishing, December 2012.

First edition of 'Flawless' published by Riptide Publishing, April 2013.

 

Book Review

Priceless

Is there anything sexier than a geeky PhD? Connor has the geeky down pat. Even though he's thirty-five and the star of UC Berkeley's physics department, Connor still lives in his hole in the wall grad school apartment, wears old clothes, is completely socially inept and hasn't had a date in forever. Why should he move if he's happy where he's at? When his best friend and business partner throws him a surprise party, Connor almost throttles him. Meeting Wes, a senior physics student, on the balcony turns out to be both the high and low point of the party. The high because he gets to relax and talk about his work. The low because Wes comes on to him and Connor gets so flustered he rejects his advances.

Work throws them together the following weekend at a physics conference and one thing leads to another. There's something Connor doesn't know about Wes and their "meeting". Something Wes never wants him to find out because Wes has liked Connor for a long time. I was lucky enough to have a mom who paid my tuition but so many kids are out there struggling to survive and get an education so they can make something of themselves. I can certainly understand why Wes had to do what he did when his grant was lost due to the economy. He's a senior at a prestigious college working to get into the doctoral program so Wes pretty much has to do whatever to pay this final year.

This was a wonderful story that I enjoyed a lot. The romance between Connor and Wes was sweet even through all the angst. I'm not so sure how I feel about Connor's best friend, Steve, and I'm sure he's going to play a role in future stories. Both Connor and Wes completely deserved the happiness they found together and I look forward to seeing them again.

 

Doubtless

I'm just going to put this out there. I didn't like Steve when I met him in the first book of Cat Grant's 'Irresistible Attraction' series. I thought he was a pompous jerk and he wasn't very nice. He might be a brilliant researcher and wonderful at running his and Connor's business, but I thought he had a lot to learn about people skills. Luckily for him the male escort he meets while trying to pick up women, Dylan, thinks he needs a little work, too, and offers to help him out. He has a lot of fun with Dylan, even though he's paying him for his time, but Steve used to pay female hookers all the time for sex, and with Dylan he might not be getting sex but he's getting good conversation and a makeover.

This turned out to be one of the most interesting coming out stories I've ever read. For one thing, Steve doesn't find his happy ever after here, instead he just finds his own self-awareness. Dylan helps him with a clothing makeover and they even work on Steve's pickup attempts (with women) until Steve realizes that he's not responding to women anymore because he's buried his gay his entire life. Good thing there's a professional around to help him out with that, too. *snort* Dylan turned out to be a good friend to Steve and just what he needed to have the courage to come out.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I can't say that Steve grew on me, but the fact he was willing to be that hardcore introspective regarding his wants, needs, desires, and his own negative behavior was very refreshing. I guess I can say I developed a healthy respect for Steve, particularly when he had the balls to admit to Connor how he feels about him, even knowing it couldn't go anywhere. Thank you, Cat, 'Doubtless' is a great story and I enjoyed it immensely.

 

Fearless

It was super fun to get back to Connor and Wes in this third installment of Cat Grant's 'Irresistible Attraction' series. It's now been a year that they've been in a committed relationship, they bought a home together, and they're planning to get married in New York at Christmas. What could possibly go wrong? I know better than to ask that question.

Just when the semester is done and they have a whole month together, Connor tells Wes that he's been brought up on an ethics charge because of his and Wes's relationship. It's ridiculous since Connor isn't supervising Wes's thesis and Wes isn't taking any of Connor's classes. Doesn't seem to matter, though, as someone has their panties in a twist over it and has complained. What's even worse is that Wes feels like this is a fight they need to face together and make decisions about their future together, but Connor seems to be taking over and, once again, treating Wes like he's made of glass. It's bad enough that Connor still treats him that way in bed because of the assault Wes suffered, but they're getting married and decisions that affect them both should be discussed.

There was some realistic drama and angst in this story that I'm glad Connor and Wes went through. I think it made their relationship stronger and got some issues out of the way before they tied the knot. Now I'm looking forward to the next book which is how Steve meets Gil. Can't wait!

 

Flawless

I've been on pins and needles waiting to read this fourth book in Cat Grant's 'Irresistible Attraction' series. However, I was a good little reviewer and didn't let this jump ahead in the queue no matter how much I was salivating for Steve's happy ever after. Because you see, I despised Steve in the first installment, I learned to like and respect him in the second, and now I was ready to adore him. Thank goodness, Cat Grant and I were on the same page! There was also something in the blurb that nipped at my curiosity. Just a little something that made me go "hmm, I wonder", and it niggled at the back of my head until I had to see if I was right in my wondering.

I thought the way Steve and Gil met was hysterical. Here's Steve kicking his Ferrari because it won't start and yelling at it, when Gil walks up, asks if he can help, and thirty seconds later Gil has that sweet ride started up and purring. The following morning, though, when Steve calls him at nine am on a Sunday, upset because whatever Gil did has made the Ferrari really difficult to drive, and Gil heads over only to find out that Steve has never had any software updates done on a car that is basically a giant computer…well, that's when I laughed really hard. Especially when it takes Gil about ten minutes to install the updates. *snort*

Steve and Gil begin the ultimate hesitant dating dance with Steve wanting to spend more time with Gil, and Gil knowing it's never going to work and being afraid to tell Steve his secret. Gil is positive that once Steve knows that'll be the end of any dating for them, but Gil can't quite bring himself to tell Steve yet. So, instead, they end up racing the Ferrari for money. Well, Gil's driving and Steve's making the bets, a perfect partnership.

It was so much fun watching this story and these guys come together. I totally fell for Gil and my heart broke for him many times until he got his happy ending, too. Since I can only say that yes, I was 100 percent right in what I thought, but I can't tell what it is because that'd be a spoiler, you'll have to read the book to find out if it's as interesting to you as it was to me. And, yes, I adored Steve when it was all said and done. Thanks, Cat.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Collection/ 4 novellas, 308 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-July-2018
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Irresistible-Attraction-Cat-Grant-ebook/dp/B07FZCVWC2/