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The blog of m/m author Jaime Samms. 

Book Talk: Button Down by Dawn Kimberly Johnson

Jaime Samms

ButtonDownLGAnd here I was all set to actually like Royston. Too bad he turned our to be as much of a bastard as his father, maybe. This story is heading into territory where all the straight men in Ford's life only seem to be able to make good emotional decisions if the women in their lives coach them along a pretty obvious route. It sort sucks that they aren't more multidimensional. But then, I have to say, I like the women, smart, sassy and determined. They possess that rare quality that not many writers can pull off: strong and capable center inside a shell of wise goodness with a sweet-to-their-men icing that could easily come off as fake or weak, but doesn't in this book. I have to say, it's rare that I come across a gay romance in which the stand out characters are the women, but this is shaping up to be maybe the first one of it's kind I've read. Not that I don't like Ford and Gus. I do. But they both seem to need a woman's touch to nudge them in each others' direction. I'm not quite sure I'm buying it. But then, I'm not done the book yet, so we shall see. If nothing else, I do love the gals :)

Blurb: When he finds himself captivated by a movie-star handsome stranger he meets in a bar, lawyer Ford Reilly watches a simple one-night stand develop into a taste of what living honestly might bring him.

Out and proud Gus Hansen has built a small architectural firm from nothing, but could lose it all as he tries to break a contract he signed before knowing about the project’s antigay ties.

After Ford discovers he spent a passionate night with the man on the other side of the dispute he’s handling, he finds himself in more than one quandary. He can either maintain the status quo, enforcing the contract to the letter, or he can defy his overbearing father and break free of the closeted life he's built for himself in order to be with Gus.

Gus has his own choices to make. He knows the sting of loving a man who hides himself, but the longer he lingers in Ford's presence, the more difficult it becomes to deny their attraction.