Dawn reviews Young at Heart by Kay Ellis, published by Wayward Ink Publishing on 6th March 2015, and is 129 pages long.
Book supplied free of charge by the Publisher for an honest review.
Devon Alexander is a wealthy successful businessman. The world is his oyster. In his work life he is decisive and in control.
His private life is another matter.
There, he doesn’t know if he’s coming or going in his on-off relationship with Jesse Young, an unemployed aspiring model half his age.
Can Devon and Jesse overcome the obstacles and outside influences standing in their way? Can they leave behind their own fear and mistrust? Or will they be their own worst enemies?
Devon to the outside world, would seem like the man who has everything – but the one thing he doesn’t have is love. When he meets Jesse, it seems like he has finally found the one person who can make his life complete, even is he is half of his age – but both his mother (who is a master of manipulation) and his best friend are convinced that Jesse is a money grabbing free-loader
Devon is totally conflicted, and from what you learn, it is understandable that he has never had anyone show him any love or affection, so when it stares him in the face, he doesn’t realise what it is. His so-called best friend is also very manipulative, although Devon fails to see this, and seems to look at Antonio through rose-tinted glasses.
Throughout the book, Devon and Jesse are together and then somehow, they end up apart again. The first time is due to Antonio in a roundabout way, and Devon is so mean and spiteful to Jesse, that I really did feel for him. Devon and Jesse end up back together again, and this time when they break up, you are not sure if Jesse does actually love Devon, but things are now always as they seem……… interference is rearing it’s ugly head again.
Can Devon, with the help of two of his better friends Kenny and Mark, ever throw away his rose-tinted glasses and see Antonio for what he is, and also see his mother for the master manipulator she is. Will Jesse and Devon forgive each other for what they have put each other through? Can their love overcome one last thing in Jesse’s past that will come back to haunt them??
Although really sad in places, and so frustrating in others, I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves reading a story of romance, but that is not straight forward.
Devon pulled down his shirt and straightened his tie before bending to retrieve his underwear and trousers. Once dressed, he lifted his hands to his head, checking his hair. Vain, maybe, but he had an image to protect. All the while, he covertly watched Jesse tuck his rather impressive manhood into tight white boxer briefs and zip up the fly of his jeans. Jesse glanced up to catch Devon watching and a smug smile spread across his handsome face.
“Shit, did we even lock the door?” Devon asked suddenly, trying to remember if there had been time to turn the key in between Jesse walking into the office and them ending up sprawled half-naked across the desk. Emily, his personal assistant, was terribly efficient, but she was a shy, quiet girl and he hardly dared think what effect it would have on her if she saw Jesse in all his glory. “What if Emily had come in?”
“She wouldn’t have,” Jesse said confidently.
“Really? What makes you so sure?”
“I told her not to.”
Devon narrowed his eyes, not sure he liked the thought of Jesse giving orders to his staff. The last thing he needed was Jesse getting ideas above his station. Devon would be a laughingstock if his much-younger boyfriend started throwing his weight around like he was the one in charge.
“What did you say to her exactly?”
“I told her not to come in because I was going to fuck you hard over your desk,” Jesse replied with a smirk.
“I sincerely hope that’s meant to be a joke.”
Jesse looked at him, assessing his change of mood. There was a sudden gleam in Jesse’s velvet-brown eyes and Devon smothered a sigh, knowing he was about to be lied to. Such were the consequences of taking a man twenty years his junior as a lover. Jesse was Young in name and young in nature.
Fortunately for both of them, his good looks and sexual prowess generally outweighed his immaturity.
“Of course it was a joke,” Jesse said, flashing his most disarming smile, the one that made women and quite a lot of men melt whenever they saw it. “You know I wouldn’t do anything like that, Dev.”
Dev. Nobody had ever called Devon that before Jesse. In the press and business life, he was Devon Alexander. To family and friends, plain old Devon. Only Jesse got away with calling him by the abbreviated form. Privately, he quite liked it when Jesse called him Dev, although recently he had come to realise the shortened version of his name was used most when Jesse either wanted something or was trying to wheedle his way into Devon’s good books after doing something wrong.
Kay Ellis lives in rural Oxfordshire in the UK, where she’s mum to two beautiful daughters. From an early age, she has written stories, with a sole readership of one – her mum, Sylvia. In 2013, someone suggested Kay enter a competition on national television to find a new ‘racey reads’ author. Much to Kay’s surprise, she made it to the final three, and although she didn’t win, the high praise received for her work gave her the confidence to start submitting to publishers.
When not writing, Kay enjoys reading, eating out and the theatre.