Blank Spaces

Blank Spaces

eBook - 2016
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Absence is as crucial as presence. The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave's life infinitely simpler: he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves. That's all he really needs, especially since sex isn't his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection. But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision. Jonah wants his men like his coffee: hot, intense, and daily. But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn't do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer. No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is. When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock. Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences. Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work - right? Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them
Publisher: Burnsville : Riptide Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 9781626494831
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 21, 2018

An endearing opposites-attract romance, with a side of art theft mystery and class difference, between quiet asexual artist Vaughn Hargrave and brash insurance investigator Jonah, a gay former foster child who deals with stress by having quasi-public and often rough sex.

This book has positive reviews on Goodreads from people on the ace spectrum, and Cass Lennox is ace, so yay for #ownvoices and good ace rep. Plus, this book has two of the most interesting, well-developed character growth arcs I've seen. Vaughn doesn't find the asexual identity that makes sense of his underwhelming sexual experiences until partway through the book. It's a lightbulb moment for Vaughn that gives him confidence to negotiate for what he wants with Jonah. Baffled Jonah has to struggle to accept that someone might value him as a person, and freely give him affection and comfort. That's more of an emotional barrier for him than his and Vaughn's different sexual preferences. So proud of both these guys! Who are fictional characters, yes, but still!

Content note: If you are incensed by the idea that leads in a romance novel might have sex with other people, this is not the book for you, for various reasons.

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