Title: The Coil
Sandwich-maker Mattie Green has one goal: escape San Diego, move to New York, and attend art school. But to make this a reality, he needs to get his GED—not easy, since he can’t read or write. Until he can, he’s stuck working at the diner and selling himself on the side.
Mattie’s legitimate job isn’t without perks. Every day the quiet, sophisticated Simon Castle comes by to work on his latest book. Mattie wants more than to pour Simon’s coffee and make his lunch, but he’s sure Simon is out of his league—until suddenly he’s not.
Simon Castle's life is complicated, built around his career and a son who requires a lot of time and attention. It’s not a life well-suited to the inclusion of even a part-time prostitute, so he resolves to keep his relationship with Mattie casual. However, the longer he knows Mattie, the deeper his feelings become. The idea of him with another man tortures Simon, but he can't ask Mattie to be his alone and jeopardize Mattie's hopes for New York—no matter how much he wants Mattie to stay.
Author: L.A. Gilbert
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 10, 2012
Genres: Male Male Romance
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The Coil is one of those books that in the end I’m just not sure if it worked for me. The majority of the book did work for me. Mattie and Simon go into an opposites attract casual fling. There are things going on in both men’s lives that prevent them from wanting something more. The more time they spend together the more each realizes that they are willing to give more to the other, but actually following through with giving more is where their difficulties lie.
There’s a reason I would never date a man with a child. I want to be the number one priority in my significant others life. Mattie goes into the casual romance with Simon knowing he will never be priority one in Simon’s life. Simon’s son Jamie holds that place, as he should. Mattie is wise beyond his years and much more intelligent (this made certain aspects of Mattie not work) than someone with his back ground should be and he understands his place and Jamie’s place in Simon’s life.
The men not knowing how to up the ante on their developing feelings is what brings every struggle to their relationship. Everything that builds up from the initial meet and greet to the art institute acceptance letter made a strong foundation for a good relationship. Everything worked for me until the post card good bye. I still cannot wrap my mind around the idea much less why they thought it would work, although it did work.