Conversation Hearts

Author: Avon Gale

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Short Story

Received from Publisher


Blurb: It’s Valentine’s Day, and grad student—and male escort—Levi Barron expects to spend his evening with a client who’s paying him for his services in bed… not an assassin who needs to borrow the view from his hotel room in the morning.

With nothing to do but endure the company of his unwanted guest, Levi and the assassin, Sinjin, spend some time bonding over HGTV, minibar beverages, Flannery O’Connor short stories, terrible Valentine’s candy, and the necessity of lying about their jobs.

Their evening takes an unexpected turn when they decide to indulge in their mutual attraction, and in the morning Levi doesn’t know if he’s spent the night with a hired killer or a hydraulic engineer with a very specific fantasy. Either way, the two have enough chemistry—in and out of bed—that Levi isn’t sure one night with Sinjin will be enough.

And a message left in candy suggests the feeling is mutual.


Review:  Not only does this book feature two things I love to read about, assassins and prostitutes, it’s by one of my newest favorite authors. I have been loving everything Avon Gale is giving us. She writes wonderful quirky characters and super sexy love stories. Conversation Hearts was just as good as I’d hoped. I’m not always a fan of short stories but this one was great!

Levi is a college student paying for school by being a male escort. His client stands him up on Valentine’s day while he’s waiting in a hotel room. Then a man walks in with a gun. Sinjin, the assassin, tells Levi just to stay calm and he’ll let him go in the morning. They get to know each other a little and there’s a mutual attraction there. So they spend the rest of the night screwing and talking.

The banter between Levi and Sinjin was so good. A little snark and a little flirting. Playful and endearing. I liked that neither was apologetic for what they do for a living. The sex was freaking hot. This couple had some serious chemistry. Levi realizes he has a bit of a fantasy of being held captive. Neither has any luck with relationships given their occupations so sex is really all they start out wanting. I kind of loved the ending. I’ll just say I liked the open possibilities and would LOVE to read more about these two. I highly recommend the book. It’s funny and sexy. Has amazing characters that I fell for somewhere in this 31 page story. I loved it!

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