ROMANCE

Learned Behaviors

Carina: Harlequin. (Higher Education, Bk. 1). Nov. 2020. ebk. ISBN 9781488075186. $4.99. LGBTQ CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Single father JaQuan Reynolds knew his life would change when he drops his daughter off for her freshman year at Howard University but wasn’t expecting the adjustment to being an empty-nester to fall at the same time as the biggest deal on the shortest deadline of his career. Adding to the upheaval, the consultant on the account, Matthew Donaldson, is a cranky workaholic whom JaQuan finds irritatingly handsome. Since his divorce, Matt’s life has centered on the long hours of his demanding job and raising his two children. With the wedding of Matt’s eldest son looming in the middle of the deadline there isn’t much time for him and Jaq to act on the sparks flying between them. However, as they spend more and more late nights butting heads in the office, the connection becomes impossible to resist and they begin to see eye to eye on more than just business.
VERDICT Ellis (Jeremiah) delivers a satisfying, sensual queer Black romance and happily ever after for two men struggling to balance career obligations and familial responsibilities. This will hit home for many readers, who will rejoice in seeing the characters build a fulfilling relationship in the midst of chaos.

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