Book #56: The Client by Lexi Ostrow


All work and no play makes for a dull boy…

Charles, a top-notch lawyer, is known for defending criminals and getting them off without a hitch. Steven is a rich and rising to the top entrepreneur that has been falsely accused of embezzlement. An accusation that will destroy him if he can’t get Charles to take his case.

There’s something about Steven that appeals to Charles, something that makes him act of the ordinary and take the rather boring man on as his client. Trouble is, when they meet to discuss term,s the case is the last thing on their mind — and the only thing that either should care about.

I received a copy of this short story from the author for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

“The Client” is an erotic short story. And by short, I mean only a handful of chapters. This story is the first M/M foray for Lexi Ostrow and I will have to say it wasn’t one of my favorites.

It isn’t the pairing that turned me off. I wouldn’t have offered to read it in the first place if LGBTQ stories deterred me. Love is love and sex is sex. It doesn’t matter who affects you in any way. All that matters is that you are being safe and feel loved.

But, as I was saying . . . I didn’t feel this story was Ostrow’s best. The sex scene was steamy and there was a bit of a buildup, but there wasn’t a connection to the characters in my opinion. It felt like a one night stand and, in the defense of the characters and author, it most likely was. In that regard, I guess my opinion was a personal preference.

The writing is still up to par with her other stuff and the imagery was great. I don’t think Ostrow has anything to worry about for future M/M stories in that field. In fact, I want more than what she has out so far.

I do feel that this story may be the beginning of something bigger. Charles seems like one of those characters that stay under the skin until something great happens. I also want to see how the verdict went with the case. Do the two men spend more time together? Will we see love blossoming?

Once again, Ostrow leaves me wanting more.

In all, it wasn’t a bad short story, just not my favorite work of hers. Granted, if there is a favorite there does have to be a less favorite. Unfortunately, this is that less favorite for me. I will definitely continue with Charles if Ostrow does though.

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