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The Mating of Michael

The Mating of Michael - Eli Easton
One of the best Eli Easton's books I've read so far.
Deeply emotional and with the right amount of lighthearted moments.

As a SF geek, I appreciated all the references to the science fiction movies and books. (And Lamb's story: a book in the book, awesome idea)

As a man with some intimacy issues, I found Michael's character and the interactions with his clients very believable and heart warming. I had a few doubts about the sex surrogacy thing, but Easton did an awesome job at describing it. I believe that the key word to fully understand Michael's character is compassion

"The kind of compassion you have is like a diamond—won under tremendous pressure"

As a reader who loves to stalk interact with authors, I liked a lot J.C. insecurities about his books and his inner struggle with his public persona

"Readers like to feel they know authors these days"
I plead guilty!!

As a romantic fool, I loved the relationship between the MCs.. it was simply .. wow.

"Never, ever underestimate a man's ego"

Truer words were never spoken!

"Maybe life was stranger than fiction. A few hours ago, he'd been in one of the darkest moments of his life, and now, right now, he was in the happiest, most incandescent stillness. Joy. Please. God, let me have this, at least for a while"

Yes God, just once. Please?

A tear-jerker read, but in a cathartic way.

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Minor complaint: the HEA was too happy for my taste and the evil Mom too easily forgiven.

Buddy read with a very patient man.