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Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he's never had before. Hope. For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he's finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who's been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan's alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame? Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?


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Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he's never had before. Hope. For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he's finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who's been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan's alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame? Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?

30 review for A Selfless Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    This one wasn't nearly as fun as the fifth book A Healing Man. It felt rushed and insta-lovey so it was hard to buy into the relationship. But it did have a big, handsome firefighter who actually fought a few fires, so bonus! A word of warning: You'll probably get more out of this book if you read the other books in this series first because all of those characters are in this book. And since this is book 6, that's a lot of people! There's Kent Samson and Terry Barron, Kent Samson and Spencer Cas This one wasn't nearly as fun as the fifth book A Healing Man. It felt rushed and insta-lovey so it was hard to buy into the relationship. But it did have a big, handsome firefighter who actually fought a few fires, so bonus! A word of warning: You'll probably get more out of this book if you read the other books in this series first because all of those characters are in this book. And since this is book 6, that's a lot of people! There's Kent Samson and Terry Barron, Kent Samson and Spencer Cassidy, Slater Cassidy and Casper Kennedy, Drakon Mavros and Matthew Hawke, Dario Ramos and Tiernan Callahan and the heroes of A Selfless Man, Ryan and Michael. Throw in siblings (dead and alive), parents, friends and co-workers and we're talking character overload. And since this book features a wedding (no spoilers!), you'll need to know who-is-who. All books are listed here at GR so you can catch up. Recommended for light reading AND THAT COVER! ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted at Gay Book Reviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    ***2 Stars*** How awkward this was, let me count the ways. 1. Zero chemistry between Michael and Ryan 2. Robotic and mechanical sex scenes. Insert A into B 3. Stilted, forced and awkward dialogue 4. Choppy writing, with even choppier transitions. We're talking really bad folks (i.e. I put my arms around him and kissed him. The phone rang so I picked it up.) Feel free to cringe, I did. 5. An unfocused plot. No sense of direction, no real conflict and no believable story arc. 6. Underdeveloped MC's, esp ***2 Stars*** How awkward this was, let me count the ways. 1. Zero chemistry between Michael and Ryan 2. Robotic and mechanical sex scenes. Insert A into B 3. Stilted, forced and awkward dialogue 4. Choppy writing, with even choppier transitions. We're talking really bad folks (i.e. I put my arms around him and kissed him. The phone rang so I picked it up.) Feel free to cringe, I did. 5. An unfocused plot. No sense of direction, no real conflict and no believable story arc. 6. Underdeveloped MC's, especially about Ryan being a rent boy. Both Michael and Ryan felt very one-dimensional. 7. A random sub-plot regarding the mystery of a serial killer targeting rent boys. Random facts were sprinkled in throughout the story and completely felt out of place. This issue remains unresolved and apparently carries over into the next book. Sigh.... 8. A cheesy, ooey, gooey, melty cheddar HEA The only bright spot here was seeing the couples from the previous books...especially a certain someone throwing an over the top wedding filled with every gay stereotype possible in order to throw a big "fuck you" at haters. I really enjoyed the previous two books in this series and I'm sad that this book was so unbelievably disappointing. I think I'm going to hold off reading the next book, at least until I can distance myself from the memory of this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    *** Book six in this magnificent series. *** We open here with Firefighter, Michael, 30, muscled and tattooed on an alarm call. He's the brother of cop, Teirnan, and fallen soldier, Mason. Michael had met Ryan at a deli on another call, and couldn't shake the memory of the beautiful man. Ryan is 23, a student, works with Casper, is a cocktail waiter at a club, and secretly is a rent boy. His Dad is a Senator, who threw him out for being gay. Michael rescues Ryan from his burning apartment buildin *** Book six in this magnificent series. *** We open here with Firefighter, Michael, 30, muscled and tattooed on an alarm call. He's the brother of cop, Teirnan, and fallen soldier, Mason. Michael had met Ryan at a deli on another call, and couldn't shake the memory of the beautiful man. Ryan is 23, a student, works with Casper, is a cocktail waiter at a club, and secretly is a rent boy. His Dad is a Senator, who threw him out for being gay. Michael rescues Ryan from his burning apartment building and their friendship ensues. Michael is attracted to a man, and it's first times for Michael and their sexy times. Michael has untried new waters to navigate and he's calm, passionate, and eager. Ryan can't believe Michael is serious about him. It takes some pretty big steps to prove it to Ryan, but Michael is serious, steady, strong, and devoted. We get amazing, deep characters, an interesting twisty plot, and lots of fun, too. It's fabulous, and heartwarming, with people from previous tales in this delicious series. As always we get an ending that makes you happy you read it. There is a cliffhanger about the ongoing serial killer, but that has continued from previous books. This is a series. Each romance is wrapped up in each book, and the subsequent stories all tie the people together, and we get closer to the killer each time. I love this author's well written tales. Highly recommended. ENJOY ! ======================

  4. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Nothing particularly compelling about this story or this couple.

  5. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    You know, this one was kind of disappointing. I'm a fan of the series, but this one didn't live up to the high expectations set by its predecessor. Don't get me wrong- it was a cute, easy, quick read. I never wanted to DNF it or anything like that, but there were some issues. 1. Insta-love. I just didn't buy into it completely. The way Michael and Ryan's relationship went from zero to Michael rescuing him, to Michael having never felt this way before about anyone was a bit much. I felt a little sm You know, this one was kind of disappointing. I'm a fan of the series, but this one didn't live up to the high expectations set by its predecessor. Don't get me wrong- it was a cute, easy, quick read. I never wanted to DNF it or anything like that, but there were some issues. 1. Insta-love. I just didn't buy into it completely. The way Michael and Ryan's relationship went from zero to Michael rescuing him, to Michael having never felt this way before about anyone was a bit much. I felt a little smothered by Michael. 2. I know this is a part of a series, but bringing back, so many of the past characters felt overwhelming. I had a hard time keeping track of all of them, and if I'm honest I never completely did. This is not a book I'd read without having read the other books. 3. The length of the book. This story just needed to be longer. It almost felt like the author was going to write this book in x number of pages, and she was going to make it fit no matter what. Between the insta-love, all the secondary cast members being thrown in, the obligatory conflict towards the end it all felt clustered together and rushed. 4. Editing. Which is something I'm pretty forgiving of, but because I had issues with the story it made some mistakes stick out like a sore thumb. That being said would I read the next one? Because I'm assuming B gets his own book? Probably. As I mentioned at the beginning- it wasn't bad. I "liked" didn't "love". Would I recommend it? Yes, to fans of the series. In the end, this one gets 3.5 Stars from me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

    When I see that Sandrine Gasq-Dion has a new book out, that's exactly how I feel. I feel in love with her Assassins/Shifter series. I mean I brought every book in that series. She is one of book crack addictions. I love her cheesy, over the top, fluffy, stories. They bring me all the feelings in the worlds! I love the laughter, the banter, and gosh they are hot. I suspend reality when I read her book, that's totally fine with me. Her books generally have the same formula, but the woman has produ When I see that Sandrine Gasq-Dion has a new book out, that's exactly how I feel. I feel in love with her Assassins/Shifter series. I mean I brought every book in that series. She is one of book crack addictions. I love her cheesy, over the top, fluffy, stories. They bring me all the feelings in the worlds! I love the laughter, the banter, and gosh they are hot. I suspend reality when I read her book, that's totally fine with me. Her books generally have the same formula, but the woman has produced about 60 something books she's doing something right! I didn't even know it was going to be more in this series. I hadn't seen a shifter book in two years I think, and I never got through the spend off series. With this one, because I hadn't read the series since book #5, I was more trying to remember the story line. I do know that book 1 & 2 were my favs out the series. Alot of characters in this book so I wouldn't read it as a standalone just yet. Dare, I say that Sandrine went angsty on me? Yeah, that's totally what it feels like. Listen, the guys in these stories are usually bumping bottoms and having insta-love thoughts by 30%. This was different, and I think because of it; it took the feelings and emotions that I generally have with this series. It was kinda a letdown. I liked Michael and everything, but he was a little to passive for me. I never really warmed up to Ryan. I felt like he was a rent-boy only by name. Seriously, what rent-boy has a damn job and willing will sell their body? He never asked for more hours, or legitimately tried to get another part-time job. I went to school and worked, it's very doable. I didn't like this trope for him. I am not even sure if I liked them together. Sure once they got over the drama, they were cool, but besides physical attraction I didn't feel anything between the two. It was an okay read for me, not what I'm used to by her, but I can't have them all. I am looking forward to the next in the series though! I can never really pass up a SGD book obviously.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    You Can Believe They've both been hurt by homophobic parents. But are lucky enough to have people in their lives that care about them. They just have to have a little faith in themselves and each other to make a relationship work. Enjoy I did. You Can Believe They've both been hurt by homophobic parents. But are lucky enough to have people in their lives that care about them. They just have to have a little faith in themselves and each other to make a relationship work. Enjoy I did.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Wood

    *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* ……and there will be spoilers….. so….stop reading now if you aren’t the type to like them!....... Okay… it had been a loooong time since I’d read the others in this series so I had to go back and skim through as kind of a refresher. I hate that, when a continue’d series takes so long that I forget what the rest of them was about… Good thing about reviews I can go back and see who I liked and who I didn’t. With this *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* ……and there will be spoilers….. so….stop reading now if you aren’t the type to like them!....... Okay… it had been a loooong time since I’d read the others in this series so I had to go back and skim through as kind of a refresher. I hate that, when a continue’d series takes so long that I forget what the rest of them was about… Good thing about reviews I can go back and see who I liked and who I didn’t. With this one, this whole series has gotten four and five stars from me, so I figured this one would be as well…. Let’s see how it went. I wasn’t so sure I was going to like Michael… I DID NOT like him at all back in Caspers book. The way everyone treated him was awful and Michael was no different, although he obviously came around, as did his father; which I was glad about because, how could you not love Casper? So… back to Michael… he’s a firefighter and the brother of Casper’s ex-fiance that passed away. That’s how he fits in there since everyone knows everyone in some way shape or form and even though he hints at being straight, constantly referring to not having a wife or girlfriend, he sees this one guy at a bank robbery gone wrong and can’t seem to get him off his mind…Then he see’s him again when he rescues him from his apartment fire. That’s where we meet Ryan…. Ryan is a student/rentboy plus he works with Casper… and if anyone reads my reviews, I just can’t get into the whole rent boy scenario. It’s gross to me. I understand people do what they have to do and I know it is a very popular trope… but I just can’t get behind it…. Still, I found myself really liking Ryan. I felt sorry for him in the beginning. He was so young with no help from his family after he’d come out… Oh, and he was also friends with Drakon and Matthew and lived in their building and had met them at the gym, of all places…. When he meets Michael of course he’s attracted to him but he and his friend “B” are rent boys and don’t believe they can have the whole white picket fence life. Michael wears him down though and they casually date while in the meantime lots of things happen. There is a serial killer on the lose that I was just sure was going to get B, Casper gets married and that was so very sweet; I loved that for them and Ryan kind of tries to put his life back together with the help of Michael. Of course they’re going to fall for each other. They’re perfect together. I love all the relationships in this series. I love how all these guys are one big family, some of them are really family. I love the banter between them and the hazing of the new guy at the fire station. The constant things happening keeps the pages turning, I couldn’t put this one down once I started. Once again though, just as every book in the series… the bad guy gets away with being a bad guy. I’ve come to expect it in these series. Usually, I hate it, but now I just don’t care. Parents treat their kids like crap in this series, killers get away with murder, things like that. I will say that the Senator that helped Ryan with his parents was a shock and I was glad to have seen him halfway redeem himself for the episode he had with Ryan. Overall, it was a really good story, not my favorite of the series but, still great nonetheless. 4 stars from me!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Antisocial Recluse

    I've liked a number of books in the series. Mostly they're cute, fun and fluffy. This one was so not good. It went way too far out of the realm of reality. I don't know why a guy with two jobs still had to hook on the side but whatever. Michael didn't connect as a character for me at all. He was just blah. He friend Romy was more interesting. Things like the insurance check though, were just absurd. My note on it: He must have had renters insurance through "Its A Fucking Miracle" Insurance compa I've liked a number of books in the series. Mostly they're cute, fun and fluffy. This one was so not good. It went way too far out of the realm of reality. I don't know why a guy with two jobs still had to hook on the side but whatever. Michael didn't connect as a character for me at all. He was just blah. He friend Romy was more interesting. Things like the insurance check though, were just absurd. My note on it: He must have had renters insurance through "Its A Fucking Miracle" Insurance company. Then there was the "can I top you Michael?" Because that would somehow prove Michael loved him. No, just no. The plethora of evil, unforgiving parents is a little much, too. Yes, I know it happens in real life, way too often. But using it as a catalyst in the plots so often is just boring. Disappointed, but the author is a hit or miss for me anyway.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Viki Evans

    3.5 stars, Bobby's story next xxxxx 3.5 stars, Bobby's story next xxxxx

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn

    Good ole comfort read. Lots of fun characters. I really thought I was reading an Alexa Land book with how crazy the wedding was. This series doesn't read like Sandrine's other series and I think that's part of what appeals to me. I just love the characters. They feel real to me. Good ole comfort read. Lots of fun characters. I really thought I was reading an Alexa Land book with how crazy the wedding was. This series doesn't read like Sandrine's other series and I think that's part of what appeals to me. I just love the characters. They feel real to me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    DNF at 36% I loved the previous books in the series, but this isn't working for me. Too much love-at-first-sight when they don't know anything about each other, and worse than anything else, just like Bobby, Ryan's friend, I can't understand the reason Ryan is working as a rentboy, when he already has 2 jobs, and from what we've read so far, Hawke Advertising, doesn't seem like a badly paying employer. I'm perfectly ok with rentboys as MCs, as long as they a. do it because they have no other opti DNF at 36% I loved the previous books in the series, but this isn't working for me. Too much love-at-first-sight when they don't know anything about each other, and worse than anything else, just like Bobby, Ryan's friend, I can't understand the reason Ryan is working as a rentboy, when he already has 2 jobs, and from what we've read so far, Hawke Advertising, doesn't seem like a badly paying employer. I'm perfectly ok with rentboys as MCs, as long as they a. do it because they have no other option, or b. actually enjoy doing it (yes, I'm fine even with that). But hearing Ryan whining how he hates it but has to do it, while having two normal/well paying jobs at the same time, is driving me nuts. Unless he's studying to be a doctor, I can't imagine he's managed to accrue that much debt from his studies when he's barely 22. To the DNF pile it goes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Arch Bala

    I’ve never been a fan of the two Callahan brothers – Michael and Tiernan got me reeling mad while reading Casper and Spencer’s story but they were able to redeem themselves from the last book in the series. This story is pretty straight forward just like the rest of the series’ installments. Both Michael and Ryan are likable. Unlike the rest of the series tho, it does not have a major conflict. I liked that in some stories and I liked that in here. I feel like Ryan have had enough so I was sure g I’ve never been a fan of the two Callahan brothers – Michael and Tiernan got me reeling mad while reading Casper and Spencer’s story but they were able to redeem themselves from the last book in the series. This story is pretty straight forward just like the rest of the series’ installments. Both Michael and Ryan are likable. Unlike the rest of the series tho, it does not have a major conflict. I liked that in some stories and I liked that in here. I feel like Ryan have had enough so I was sure glad tha he got his happy ever after without much fuzz. This is where we see Casper and Spencer getting married so that’s a bonus for us fans of the series! They are my favorite so that should make the book more enticing if you’re a fan of the couple like moi! I’m writing this review after reading it’s seventh book so just a bit of a spoiler (well, not really) rather a reminder, you should pay attentio to the side characters in this book because they will play a role in Bobby and Danny’s story (Book 7) Overall, it’s a quick read. It was nice seeing some familiar characters and I loved that the author is continuing this series because I just effing loved it! Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    3.5 stars Not that big of fan of the insta-love kinda reads and this one felt way too rushed than any of the other books

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    I have read Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s Men of Manhattan books out of order so I do not know exactly when Michael Callahan and Ryan Carter were introduced to the series as characters. They are each friends with some of the previous couples. I know they’ve had to have small secondary roles in the past books. There is enough recounting here that I know how they first crossed paths, and how they eventually properly meet. It’s all done in a fashion where I wasn’t left feeling that previous books were rehas I have read Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s Men of Manhattan books out of order so I do not know exactly when Michael Callahan and Ryan Carter were introduced to the series as characters. They are each friends with some of the previous couples. I know they’ve had to have small secondary roles in the past books. There is enough recounting here that I know how they first crossed paths, and how they eventually properly meet. It’s all done in a fashion where I wasn’t left feeling that previous books were rehashed nor was there a huge information dump at the very beginning. New York firefighter Michael Callahan saves people. It’s just what he does. It’s what his brother Tiernan does. That is how his brother Mason died. The Callahan men save people. Running into a burning apartment building is what allows Michael to finally meet the man he meet several months back in front of a deli across the street from a bank robbery. He’s known he could track Ryan down as they have mutual friends but Michael has begun venturing into meeting men now that he has come to terms with being attracted to the same sex. He figures if they were meant to meet then their paths will cross again. Ryan has thought about the sexy firefighter from the deli since he first laid eyes on him. Due to crap parents and a sketchy employment situation Ryan has very little self-worth. Ryan has made many sacrifices since going out on his own. The one that has taken its biggest toll on him is his work on the streets selling his body as a rent-boy. Ryan sees himself as a whore that no man will ever want the white picket fence, kids, and dog with. The only thing Ryan really wants in life is to have someone love him unconditionally. Ryan and Michael have a very sweet road to their happily ever after. Michael knows he has no right to ever judge anyone for what they do with their own life. He is nothing but caring and compassionate towards Ryan. Understandably Ryan is skittish. His very own parents showed him that love and conditions. In Ryan’s eyes Michael is too good to be true. This book has to have the best and absolute best pull your head out of your ass I truly do love you moment. It really worked with this specific romance. After finishing A Selfless Man I find myself wondering why I haven’t gone back and read the other books in the series that I haven’t read. Thus far I’ve really enjoyed the three that I’ve read. I’m not worried about having read them out of order as they have each worked as a stand-alone. For readers that have followed the series you’ll be pleased to know that Casper and Slater’s wedding takes place within these pages. I was as fun to read as their book, A Fighting Man. Now I just have to find time to work those three Men of Manhattan books that I have not read onto my overgrown TBR pile.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sadonna

    This review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach While this is the sixth book in this series, it works OK as a standalone; although, I think it’s a better story if read in series order. Firefighter Michael Callahan is in a rut. He’s been sort of a little obsessed with this cute guy he got out of harm’s way a few months before, during a robbery. Then, during an apartment building fire, he rescues the same guy. Michael makes sure he’s OK and that he’s got a place to go—which turns out t This review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach While this is the sixth book in this series, it works OK as a standalone; although, I think it’s a better story if read in series order. Firefighter Michael Callahan is in a rut. He’s been sort of a little obsessed with this cute guy he got out of harm’s way a few months before, during a robbery. Then, during an apartment building fire, he rescues the same guy. Michael makes sure he’s OK and that he’s got a place to go—which turns out to be with friends of Michael’s brother and his boyfriend. Ryan is intrigued by Michael and definitely attracted, but he’s not convinced that Michael would want to have anything to do with him, especially if he knows about his other job as a go-go boy and sometimes rent-boy. Ryan has a lot of insecurities and very low self-esteem. He does have a good friend in Bobby, another rent-boy who looks out for him. Michael and Ryan become friends, and then more, but when Michael finds out by accident about Ryan’s other life, he doesn’t reject him. He is afraid for him, but he does not try to control him. But when rent-boys keep turning up dead, there is a lot of worry on both men’s parts (and I’m sure we’ll see more of this in the next book). When Ryan finally accepts that Michael is not the kind of guy who will just run out on him or decide he’s not worth it, then they can finally move on in their relationship. There is also some drama with Ryan’s family that just seemed like a filler in this story. There are some fun moments with other couples, particularly at Casper and Slater’s wedding, and times spent with Michael’s brother, Tiernan, and his boyfriend, Dario, and his family. Overall, I felt like this was the weakest story of this series. I didn’t really connect with Ryan, and I found the relationship with Michael to be a bit too unbelievable. I had a hard time understanding why, after Ryan had a “real” job, that he continued to put himself in harm’s way. I’m sure a therapist would have a field day with that. The story felt rushed to me, and honestly, the parts I enjoyed were not necessarily the parts with Ryan and Michael. Casper and Slater’s wedding, I think, was my favorite part of the book. I am looking forward to the next story, and I hope that Bobby gets his own HEA.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Mitton

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review. Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 Love Bytes.) I’m pretty sure this is my favorite series from this author. I became a fan when I started reading her Assassin Shifter series…what seems years ago now. Sandrine’s books were my introduction to the m/m romance world. I’d read other m/m books, but mainly in the sci-fi/fantasy/spec fiction realm. Then I found the Assassin Shifters, and greedily devoured (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review. Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 Love Bytes.) I’m pretty sure this is my favorite series from this author. I became a fan when I started reading her Assassin Shifter series…what seems years ago now. Sandrine’s books were my introduction to the m/m romance world. I’d read other m/m books, but mainly in the sci-fi/fantasy/spec fiction realm. Then I found the Assassin Shifters, and greedily devoured them…one after another. And there were a lot of them… When the author came out with this Men of Manhattan series, I was intrigued. Something totally different for her. I read the first one and was hooked. I was so happy to see the news of this book and book seven which will be following very shortly. It had been over a year and a half since The Healing Man, book five, and I was frankly nervous. Would I remember who everyone was? There wasn’t time to re-read the first five books, and honestly, I didn’t need to. The characters popped right back into my head as I read along. I would recommend you read the entire series and in order to get the most enjoyment out of the story though! So…the story. We’re back with our familiar characters and this time we’re focusing on Ryan, who took Casper’s place as the receptionist at the Hawke Agency when Casper was promoted (I think during book five, but I could be wrong.) This time we learn much more about Ryan. Not only is he a receptionist by day, but he is also a rent-boy by night. He is the son of a South Carolina Congressman, but has been disowned for being gay. It is also the story of Michael Callahan, the hot fireman brother of Tiernan Callahan, the hot cop, who was the subject of the story we read in book five. Michael has always dated women, but he isn’t averse to pursuing something with a man. Especially if the man is the cute kid he saw outside a deli recently…. Can the rent-boy and the fireman find common ground? Do they have time…with a serial killer killing the rent-boys in town? I recommend this book, and the entire series. I really like them all, and can’t wait for the next one to arrive in my in-bin!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Brand

    REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE 3.5 Stars This is the sixth book in the Men of Manhattan series and although it’s been a while since I have spent any time with these characters it was easy to pick up and jump back in. I would personally recommend you read this series from the beginning and in the correct order – this is Ryan and Michael’s story and although you could probably get away with reading it as a standalone you will be a bit lost as to the relevance of all the secondary characters. Sandr REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE 3.5 Stars This is the sixth book in the Men of Manhattan series and although it’s been a while since I have spent any time with these characters it was easy to pick up and jump back in. I would personally recommend you read this series from the beginning and in the correct order – this is Ryan and Michael’s story and although you could probably get away with reading it as a standalone you will be a bit lost as to the relevance of all the secondary characters. Sandrine tends to build each of her series with a family feeling and the Men of Manhattan series definitely has that feel about it. No matter how hard Ryan tries it seems that life is never quite fair. He comes from a prominent and wealthy family, his father is a congressman, who made all the right noises about the LGBT community until Ryan told them he was gay – then suddenly it wasn’t ok and Ryan was thrown out and left to fend for himself. On the face of things he is doing well – he has a nice apartment and a decent job but he never has quite has enough money – so by night he is a rent boy and although it pays the bills it is sucking the life out him and with someone out there killing male prostitutes it could very well be the death of him. Michael Callahan has faced his own demons in the past but once he moved away from a toxic parent he has a better perspective on life. He is a fireman with a passion for his job, a good friend to those he cares about and the least judgemental person you are likely to meet. He has a bit of a crush going on where Ryan is concerned but when he rescues him from a burning building, literally saving his life, it becomes so much more. It becomes more very quickly, possibly too quickly, as there is a definite case of insta-love going on here even if it takes them both a bit of time to say the words. It was great to catch up with all the previous characters in the series – I love the friendship and humour they all bring, especially Slater who hasn’t grown up at all and gave a great big fuck you to Casper’s parents.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    As our series progresses, we’ve been introduced to new characters. In this, we have one of Mason’s brothers and an “adoptee” of Casper’s finding a love connection. Michael is a fire fighter who previously identified as straight, but in the aftermath of Mason and now, Tiernan’s new “walk on the gay side”, he’s apparently open to being with men now, as well. He’d seen Ryan, who is a rent boy/errand boy for Casper one night on the street and been captivated ever since. This book just plain didn’t wor As our series progresses, we’ve been introduced to new characters. In this, we have one of Mason’s brothers and an “adoptee” of Casper’s finding a love connection. Michael is a fire fighter who previously identified as straight, but in the aftermath of Mason and now, Tiernan’s new “walk on the gay side”, he’s apparently open to being with men now, as well. He’d seen Ryan, who is a rent boy/errand boy for Casper one night on the street and been captivated ever since. This book just plain didn’t work for me. I needed Michael to spend more time with his newfound bi-curiousity/gayness. I needed Ryan to make me understand why he chose to continue his unsafe rent boy practices once he’d landed a “real” job with Casper and I never understood what happened at NYU that put him in such debt – especially if he’s still in school, why would he need to be paying that debt now? What could possibly rationalize selling himself for a school loan? Loan shark? Yeah. Mob debt? Yeah. The student loan collection agency? No. I thought there was just a few too many unanswered questions and dangling plot devices for this to really work for me and I couldn’t get past them to find myself invested in the story or it’s characters. (On a side note, I think the nail in the coffin is how Ryan asks Michael to “prove” his love for him… I just felt skeeved out by that and by that point I really felt this book wasn’t on par with the rest of the series.) 2 of 5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the 6th book in the series and is Ryan and Michael's story - rent boy and the firefighter. Sadly, the spark, banter and general easy humour and storyline didn't make it to this book. There were swaths of paragraphs given over to characters from the previous books and I didn't have a hope in hell in getting them all sorted in my head as I was bombarded with an info dump on who was who and who was with who......*just stop for a minute!* The relationship starts off as slow burn and then runs This is the 6th book in the series and is Ryan and Michael's story - rent boy and the firefighter. Sadly, the spark, banter and general easy humour and storyline didn't make it to this book. There were swaths of paragraphs given over to characters from the previous books and I didn't have a hope in hell in getting them all sorted in my head as I was bombarded with an info dump on who was who and who was with who......*just stop for a minute!* The relationship starts off as slow burn and then runs away with itself and gallops to a fade to black ending. I struggled with the relationship, it seemed very one sided and then Ryan does a complete 360 and all is well with the world....I felt there was a chunk of the book missing??? *meh* Overall, it was a read I needed to do to keep up with the series, but it left me seriously wanting......

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    4.5 stars... I loved both Ryan and Michael. It was funny and touching. And man, that cover! (though that can be said for all the covers in this series). My only complaint is that I wish this were longer. I would have liked to have it slow down a bit.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I really enjoyed this series until now. This one was choppy and repetitive. I also didn't feel much of a connection at all between the MC's. The last few books I've read from this author aren't living up to expectations at all. I really enjoyed this series until now. This one was choppy and repetitive. I also didn't feel much of a connection at all between the MC's. The last few books I've read from this author aren't living up to expectations at all.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I loved this series and this book was a great addition. Can't wait for more stories❤️ I loved this series and this book was a great addition. Can't wait for more stories❤️

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮

    3,5 stars. Review coming soon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    No No No. No es muy bueno my peoples. This book felt so rushed and was not nearly as good as the last one or the one before that. It was very Insta love and a little dull.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Saskia

    It's been a while since I read this and I honestly don't remember much (I'm pretty sure there was a car chase in there, though). I do know that at the time at least I didn't hate it as much as I did the sequel, and I also know that it was kind of ridiculous that now also the third brother is suddenly gay or at least in love with that one man (because don't they usually still identify as straight but just had to be gay for that one awesome guy?). Maybe that's not impossible, but improbable at the It's been a while since I read this and I honestly don't remember much (I'm pretty sure there was a car chase in there, though). I do know that at the time at least I didn't hate it as much as I did the sequel, and I also know that it was kind of ridiculous that now also the third brother is suddenly gay or at least in love with that one man (because don't they usually still identify as straight but just had to be gay for that one awesome guy?). Maybe that's not impossible, but improbable at the very least. Other than that, I guess it was a pretty forgettable read, because that's really all I can remember...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've wanted to read Michael story for a while now. I love him and Ryan as a couple, I just wish that the book was a little bit longer. It seemed a bit shorter than the other ones that I read but it could just be because I inhaled it so quickly. I'm curious as to what's going on with the serial killer and I'm wondering whose book is going to be next!!! I've wanted to read Michael story for a while now. I love him and Ryan as a couple, I just wish that the book was a little bit longer. It seemed a bit shorter than the other ones that I read but it could just be because I inhaled it so quickly. I'm curious as to what's going on with the serial killer and I'm wondering whose book is going to be next!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Another WIN! I love every book Sandrine writes. Another amazing story. The characters grow and develop and mature right before your eyes. From reformed mobsters and assassins/shifters to rock stars and Olympians there is no one better to bring them to life than this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elle Schroder

    This was very easy to read, but there wasn't much conflict. (view spoiler)[ Michael was in love from very early in the book and never faltered in that. Also, although Michael claimed that he wasn't perfect, the author never showed us any of his flaws. (hide spoiler)] This was very easy to read, but there wasn't much conflict. (view spoiler)[ Michael was in love from very early in the book and never faltered in that. Also, although Michael claimed that he wasn't perfect, the author never showed us any of his flaws. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    My least favorite book in the series.

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