Review: The Ice King by Lee Brazil

The Ice King by Lee Brazil
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 18
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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CPA Rafe Montaigne’s day is heading downhill fast and he hasn’t even had a decent cup of coffee yet. What could make it worse? A secretary in a snit.

Elian is efficient, attractive and cold as ice toward his boss, and he has been since Rafe’s ex stopped by the office. Rafe is a sophisticated player, a businessman who knows how to have fun and he’s not particular about whether his playmates are male or female. It seems Elian isn’t quite so indiscriminate… What’s a boss to do when his secretary won’t play nice?

 

Review: This is a short story and it’s M/M. I just want to put that out there right away, just in case M/M is not something you want to read or just isn’t your thing. I have to say, I’m pretty darned excited that I got to read this before it was released to the public, and I get to write about it in my review. Sometimes luck is on my side.

This story touched my heart because Rafe doesn’t understand Elian. He doesn’t fall at his feet waiting for him to acknowledge him, he doesn’t seem to be intimidated by him. Elian is a law unto himself and Rafe doesn’t know how to reach him. Rafe knows that he likes how well his office runs with Elian at the helm. He likes the changes that Elian has made in the office atmosphere. What he doesn’t like is how remote and aloof his secretary is. He’s used to being in control of what he wants, and men and women alike fall at his feet and are willing to do his bidding. Elian is not that type of man. Rafe doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings and his confusion.

Elian is a man that is confident in who he is, he’s not a player like his boss is, but I believe he could give Rafe a run for his money if he really put some serious effort into it. The blurb says that he was in a snit. He didn’t throw tantrums in the office, or embarrass himself or his boss. He’s not flamboyant or flashy. He’s professional, but he doesn’t hide who he is. He’s extremely cool and aloof with his boss, and not exactly friendly. I like the fact that he talks to his plants. I talk to my plants too. I really like that added layer to his personality. The reader doesn’t get to see who he really is until later in the short story. I don’t want to give the plot away and ruin the story.

These two characters are very likable and relatable, which makes the story that much richer and more entertaining.

At the end of the book, is a bio of the author and it explains that when they were younger, that they never felt like they fit in, but when they were reading, that books helped them feel normal. I really identified with that as well. I always felt like I belonged inside of a book even when I felt awkward with other kids my age. Thank goodness for books.