His Cocky Valet is the first book in Cole McCade’s Undue Arrogance series of contemporary m/m romance novels. I heard about this book in one of my Facebook groups, and I knew I had to read it. This book was written in response to a legal battle involving trademarking individual words, and I’m always going to show up when pettiness is involved.
Ash Harrington has always been a hot mess, and he spends his days meandering around from one party to the next. The story begins with Ash needing to step up and take control of his billionaire father’s company, but Ash doesn’t know the first thing about taking care of himself, let alone running a business.
Enter Brand Forsythe, professional valet, who is definitely not here for Ash’s nonsense. Ash is unsure of himself and his abilities, but Brand helps him realize his potential.
There’s clearly a mutual attraction that they dance around for awhile, and eventually, they come to an arrangement where Ash agrees to allow Brand to do everything for him. It’s an interesting relationship dynamic, and I haven’t read anything else like it, but it worked really well.
I read this book back in May, and as I prepared to write my review, I thought that I remembered this being more of a novella than a full novel because I recalled hearing that it was written in very quickly in response to something happening in the romance world. Also, I knew that I read the book in a single day. I was surprised to see this was a full-length novel; it’s beyond impressive that McCade wrote an entire book in a week, and it’s clear that time flies when you’re having fun!
I would recommend His Cocky Valet to anyone whose interest was piqued by the description I’ve shared. It’s definitely not a conventional romance, but I’m glad I tried something new. I’m definitely going to check out more of McCade’s books in the future.