Review: Icon Men Box Set by Cat Grant

November 25, 2014 Review 0

Review: Icon Men Box Set by Cat Grant

All three books in Cat Grant’s EPIC Award-winning series, available together for the first time in this special edition boxed set. Set in the glittery world of Manhattan nightlife, the men who work at the Icon bar share friendships, family, laughter and heartache on their way to happy endings.

The First Real Thing

Cameron is the best—and most sought-after—escort in New York. He has only rule: never let anyone in. But when he picks up ad man Trevor Barclay in a hotel bar, Trev’s shy smile and soft green eyes have Cameron forgetting all the rules. Their steamy encounters leave Cameron shaken, breathless – and falling in love for the first time in his life. But how can he tell Trevor the first man he’s been with in sixteen years sells himself for a living?

Appearing Nightly

Diva Michelle is the hottest drag act in the Manhattan bar scene. But behind the diva is Mike, a lonely man nursing a crush on the Icon’s hot new employee. Ryan’s not just another pretty face – the skittish, fearful young man’s holding back secrets. He may find comfort in Mike’s bed, but he’s not sure if he can trust Mike with the pain of his past.

A Fool for You

Brian Barclay is trying to make it in the New York music scene, but he doesn’t count on his boyfriend Kit stealing all the songs they wrote together. Kicked out of his own band, Brian has no choice but to ask his estranged father Trevor and his partner Cameron for help. Brian and Cameron quickly clash, and when tensions at home escalate, Brian finds himself leaning on sexy blues guitarist Chase Aubrey. Chase and Brian make beautiful music onstage and off, but when Chase’s past threatens their newfound happiness, Brian fears he’s about to be played for a fool yet again.

Title: Icon Men Boxed Set
Author: Cat Grant
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Flawless, Once a Marine, Unconditional Surrender, In From the Cold
Source: Author
Published: November 25, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 346
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

The First Real Thing

For the past five years Cameron has worked as an escort, high paid escort. None the less he is still a prostitute and he knows that there is not a man out there who’d want a relationship with a man who sells his body to other men. Thus Cameron doesn’t date for real. He provides his clients with the fantasy and release that they are looking for.

A mistake that leads to an incredible evening has Cameron reevaluating everything he does. Trev wasn’t the client he was supposed to go meet. Trev was simply in the right place with the look of exactly the type of man Cameron spends his time with. Trev enjoys his time with Cameron and does what any man would do, he wants to see him again and see where they can take their attraction.

I enjoyed how everything unfolded with Trev and Cameron. Keeping secrets never does a relationship any good. Any reader will know where that is going to go. The way it happened worked for this tale. This is a great start to the Icon Men series and I’m looking forward to where the other stories are going go.

Appearing Nightly

Mike and Ryan had small roles in The First Real Thing. With the trauma that Ryan experienced and the problems he still faces from that I’d definitely recommend not going into this one as a stand-alone. For the most part it could work but I don’t recommend it.

Ever watched/read that couple that couldn’t get on the same page with each other? Ryan and Mike are that couple. Mike thinks Ryan is straight. Ryan is beyond leery of Mike due to some of his past experiences. Ryan not telling anyone of how he knows Cameron is a big elephant in the room. Ryan having never come out to anyone that matters is an even larger obstacle.

New feelings leading to a relationship are not the only struggles that these two men face. Everything Ryan goes after seems to crumble. His life is a wreck that seems beyond repairable on a good day. Mike is trying to be more for Icon. He doesn’t feel like the partner in the business that he is supposed to be. He wants nothing but best for the club, but he feels like he is being shut down at every idea. Struggling with a crush for a man who he has been warned to stay away from adds even more stress to his daily life.

A Fool for You

Readers first meet Brian as the bratty teenage son of Trev in The First Real Thing. He’s older now, an adult but he still has a lot of growing up to do. He even has bratty moments. I LOVED Cameron from the moment I met him so Brian’s attitude made me have very little compassion towards him when he is wronged and when he experiences what secrets can do to a fresh relationship of his own.

Chase Aubrey lives for his music. He loves the connection he has to his guitar and the peace and tranquility it brings to his life. He has talent and he recognizes talent in the very young Brian. Just looking for friendship in someone he has something in common with is all Chase expected. What he found in Brian was unexpected. Chase’s past is one he hides for many reasons. It’s not something he lies about, just a topic he avoids. He knows that the ones that should love you the most are the ones that can cause the most heartache.

I liked Chase. He not only makes Brian tolerable but actually likable. Chase is also the influence in Brian’s life that makes him grow up and stop acting like such a brat. My only dislike with this story was a tiny thread that was left hanging. In the end it is inconsequential, but I’m still curious what became of it.

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