Developing the Counsellor by Serena Yates
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Emilio thinks his extra weight stands between him and love - can Ivan convince him to change his mind?
Emilio Scarpino is a self development counsellor who can’t seem to lose the extra pounds he believes stop him from finding love. He likes eating and hates perfectly fit men like his personal trainer – until he meets ex-Army man Ivan Macer. The man is not only a hunk but very interested in Emilio.
Ivan became a security specialist when he left the Army two years ago and now co-owns a small company with his friend Leo. Part of the reason he left the Army was that he couldn’t be himself - and he still hasn’t come out, but would for the right man.
Can Ivan convince Emilio that he cares more about who he is than what he looks like? Can Emilio believe him and develop a new sense of self?
It's not you... it's me. Ever thought that when dealing with issues in a relationship? Has weight ever held you back? No, I'm not going to go on a diatribe about weight, but I will recommend Developing the Counsellor. It's a very interesting read.
I knew when I picked up this book it was part of the New Horizons series. Worked for me because I enjoyed the other books. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and it was totally worth the wait. The writing flowed and drew me into the story. As with the other books, I had to know what would happen next.
The characters are realistic. I wanted to both clobber and cuddle them. Emilio has lots of issues and well, needs that one special person to care for him. He's natural, like reading about a friend. I wanted to help him solve his issues and get with Ivan. Ivan wants to care for Emilio and show him the true beauty that doesn't have to do with weight. I loved that the author used this theme because it's seen so much in hetero romance, but not so much in LBGTQ romance. It's a refreshing change.
And the love scenes, as much as they will warm your heart, they will melt the computer screen. Why? The chemistry between them is both tender and electric. Reading about Ivan and Emilio together gave me happy shivers.
If you want a book that's packed with heart and the true beauty of human nature, then this is the book for you!