Leo Secombe loves his life, and he’s convinced himself he’s happy to be single. In his spare time, he keeps himself busy at a local LGBTQ centre that pairs a younger person with a community elder to help them feel included in today’s rainbow family. Leo and Clyde have been buddies for a few years now, and signing up for a pottery class seems like fun.
Merrick Bowman has been so focused on getting his pottery business up and running that he’s forgotten how to date. How to live, even. But when a young, bubbly Leo and an older, grumpy Clyde walk through his door, Merrick has no idea how much Leo is about to centre his world.
Throwing clay has been Merrick’s entire life, but Leo’s about to change all that. Maybe Merrick’s ready to throw caution to the wind. And maybe he’s ready to finally throw his heart on the line.
Sometimes I want to work for it. I’ll trudge through blood, sweat, and tears to claim that coveted happily ever after. And then I have those days that I would rather have it hand-delivered, tidy and neat with a bow on top. Life has been hard lately and I don’t always crave my escape time to be equally so. This was sweet with a bit of spice and…easy. It was just what I needed. I don’t dabble in the audiobook world a great deal but what an unexpected treat! I loved the narration as much as Walker’s smooth story and sweet guys. Between the accent and some of the steamier scenes, Lloyd brought heat to my cheeks more than once. In addition to blushing, I found myself grinning and chuckling as the guys muddled their way through their courtship. Yep, this definitely felt like courting (Clyde is absolutely correct), and I was smitten right along with them.
Both of the guys are delightful but let’s start with Leo. He’s sassy, easygoing, and has a huge heart. Anyone that takes care of the elderly by choice without expectations is a good egg in my book. Leo was paired with Clyde through a great community program a few years back and they’ve become quite close. They’re a hoot, a mischievous pair, and I couldn’t help chuckle at their antics. His other bestie and roommate, Kel, was another shining star. He’s been blessed with great friends but not great relationships. I loved his energy and drama queen tendencies. Merrick was drawn to his bright energy as well. Speaking of Merrick, what a gem. He’s exceptionally artistic and steadfast. His sole focus has been caring for his pride and joy, his studio. Running a business requires a lot of time and commitment and he hasn’t found anyone worth trying to add to the mix. Until now. Leo makes Merrick want to master his juggling skills. Patience is the key and not a natural trait of Leo’s. But some things are worth waiting for, right?
Merrick and Leo are adorable together. And their pottery play is sinfully erotic. Plan on crafting, coffee, and picnic dates. Additionally, Clyde and Merrick’s uncle hit it off. The front burner slowly simmered while the back one swiftly sparked. The only drama is wrapped up in Leo and the only angst is in sharing longstanding secrets. They twist, turn and throw more than clay. If you like Aussies and want charming and cute, let me grab a sparkly bow, and…you’re good to go.
Grumpy old men are often full of surprises. Honest communication and sexual limits are laid on the table. And prepare for the undeniable urge to listen to Unchained Melodies.
Anyone looking for some sweet and simple wooing, Throwing Hearts is just what you need.