Erryn reviews ‘What Works for Us’ by Colette Davison Narrated by Dan Calley audio version published October, 26, 2020 length: 6 hours 4 minutes. A copy was provided for an honest review.
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An elf costume, a pair of lacy knickers, and a Christmas charity auction might make Sam’s Christmas wish come true.
When sweet barista, Sam, agrees to be a “slave” in a Christmas charity auction, he’s thrilled to be bought by the man he’s had a crush on for the last three months.
Theodore is everything Sam is looking for in a man: older, authoritative, and caring. Unfortunately, Sam isn’t the most forward person when it comes to telling men he likes them. Wearing a sexy costume allows him to be a much flirtier version of himself, but can a naughty elf tempt Theodore into bed?
As their relationship intensifies, Sam finds something in Theodore he didn’t realize he needed: a man he wants to call his Daddy.
But Theodore isn’t out of the closet, and whilst Sam is happy existing in a bubble in the run up to Christmas, he knows that can’t last forever.
Can Sam risk giving his heart to a Daddy who might not ever be able to hold his hand in public, let alone commit to him?
What Works For Us is a Christmas-ish romance with an age-gap relationship, lacy underwear, role-play, Daddy kink, a smidge of hurt/comfort, and a guaranteed happy ending.
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I’ll start with narration. I’m a huge Dan Calley fan and every time I see he’s narrating something, I get super excited. So I leapt at the chance to review this book and I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m not a huge Christmas fan, but the right book can put me in the holiday spirit and this was that book. Sam has a huge crush on the man who comes in his coffee shop every day and who orders the same drink every day and who doesn’t notice him…every day. Heck, he doesn’t even know if the man is gay, but the man is ringing all of Sam’s bells. When his co-worker coerces him into volunteering at a slave auction, Sam is reluctant but it’s for a good cause.
Theodore has noticed Sam. And has done his level best to ignore the much-younger barista. Afterall, homosexuality is a sin and even though his parents are dead, that doesn’t stop him from hearing their voices in his head. Their banishment of a beloved uncle has always resonated in his mind, and he just can’t get past the old religious claptrap that tells him he’s a bad person for being attracted to men.
So what happens when he shows up at the slave auction and his wet dream is up for auction? Well he bids of course. And spends a ton of money to secure someone to clean his already spotless house.
Sam is going to take advantage. He shows up in the most audacious elf costume and prances around, hoping to catch Theodore’s attention. And he does. Spectacularly. One night isn’t enough but Theodore is obsessed about what his co-workers and neighbors will think and Sam doesn’t want to be in anyone’s closet. So despite the naughty elf persona, he finds he can’t stay.
Theodore realizes he’s going to have to change if he’s going to win Sam back. Because he can’t be a true Daddy without his boy.
I have to say I enjoyed this book. It had a few little BDSM-light scenes, plenty of sexy times, and some real moments of introspection for both characters. So light at times and a little darker at others. But it’s a romance and I got my happy ending. I’m so glad I listened to the audio.
Oh, and I loved Prince the kitty.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.
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