BLURB: When Nicky Hauser walks in on his restaurant-owner boyfriend having sex with a waiter, Nicky loses his lover, his job, and his home all in one night. Although he’s nearly thirty, he’s never settled on a true career, and he has nothing to show for his years with Tom. Depressed and unable to find work, Nicky ends up couch-surfing with friends until he lands a house-sitting gig for a wealthy family.
When Nicky’s clients discover that he loves to clean, demand for his services skyrockets. Word of mouth leads him to Spencer Cartwright, a busy computer consultant and a slob. Spencer and his wife divorced when he came out, but he’s never found the time or courage to settle down with a man. As Nicky sets Spencer’s house to rights, the two men find friendship. But Nicky’s past experiences make him wary of risking everything on love.
REVIEW: “Nicky Hauser’s life fell apart on a Tuesday.” I don’t know that I have seen a better, or more appropriate, opening line to a book. This particular Tuesday started out like most of Nicky’s Tuesdays; the only difference from the other Tuesdays is that this is the day Nicky finds out Tom hasn’t been nearly as devoted to him as he thought.
So this is how Nicky’s life falls apart. You see, he worked at Tom’s restaurant, and he lived in Tom’s house. Now Nicky is homeless and unemployed. Not a great place for a twenty-nine year old without a college education to find himself in. After couch hopping between his friends, Nicky ends up house-sitting for a friend of a friend. Since he is such a neat freak, he also cleans the entire house. This leads to Nicky getting house-sitting jobs almost constantly and with these jobs coming in, Nicky hasn’t had to rent a place yet. When he gets a job with Spencer Cartwright, he realizes that he has met this man before. It was only a brief encounter in a coffee shop almost a year ago, but both men remembered each other.
Spencer Cartwright is a recent divorcee. After a few years with his wife, he realized his attraction to men was more than just a passing fancy. Unfortunately, Spencer never learned to clean and his house shows it. While Spencer is out of town, Nicky gets the house back into shape, and he does it so well that Spencer invites him to stay on as a live in housekeeper. With a lack of options, Nicky decides to take Spencer up on his offer, and he even decides to go back to college.
The two men fall into a comfortable routine. Nicky keeps the house from being a hazmat dumping ground, and Spencer helps Nicky with his math. The two men become great friends, but nothing more. Then Nicky’s thirtieth birthday comes around, and Spencer accompanies Nicky and his friends out for the night. They all have a great time and when Spencer and Nicky return home, Spencer makes the first move to take them from friends to more. Nicky shoots him down, not because he doesn’t want him, more like because he wants him too much. Nicky is scared to wrap all of himself up in a man again. Even though a year has passed, he still remembers the feeling of losing everything, and he just can’t go there again.
I simply adored these two men from the moment they met. Kim Fielding did a great job building a slow and steady love story. There wasn’t much in the way of passion between them, but a real relationship was built through friendship, and personally, I thought it was very romantic. I loved that there was more to them than hot, sweaty sex; there was a deep connection.
If you are looking for a love story this is one you won’t want to miss.