“A childhood crush gets a second chance in this heartwarming gay romance.” —Publishers Weekly on Hard Sell
A boss. His employee.
And a scandal that’s about to change everything…
As an operating partner at Jade Harbour, Raymond Chao prides himself in fixing even the most disastrous of portfolio companies—no matter the cost. While his colleagues might not always like his methods, they love his results. But his latest business partner isn’t cooperating, and what’s worse, Raymond’s underhanded tactics have landed him in hot water with the law.
Elvin Goh has been Raymond’s assistant for years, and he’s been in love with the charming, ruthless playboy for just as long. There’s very little that Elvin won’t do—or hasn’t done—for Raymond. Impossible crush aside, it’s his job. But this time, even Elvin can’t see a way out.
When long nights in the office lead to whispered confessions and a newfound intimacy, it seems like a dream come true—for both of them. But with the prospect of failure on the horizon, can this dream team beat the odds and come out the victors in the office and in their hearts?
I enjoyed reading Hard Sell, the first book in the Jade Harbour Capital series, so I was looking forward to returning to the high-stakes world of playboy businessmen. Raymond was friends with Danny, one of the protagonists from Hard Sell, and he made quite the impression on me, so I wanted to know how he would fare as a protagonist.
The setup here is opposites attract/friends to lovers. Elvin, as Raymond’s assistant, does everything for him, including kicking Raymond’s one-night-stands out of the apartment the morning after a hookup. There’s a bit of adorable pining, but it doesn’t take long until “there’s something there that wasn’t there before.”
The chemistry between the two men is great. Raymond has a lot more experience than Elvin, and he is so sweet and tender with him—always making sure that Elvin is comfortable and reassuring him that there’s no pressure to do anything sexual.
Raymond and Elvin have vast socioeconomic differences: Raymond has always been extremely wealthy, and he takes some things for granted. Elvin, on the other hand, supports his parents and younger siblings, and is reluctant to accept help from Raymond with things like a birthday party for one of the siblings. Raymond’s position of privilege plays a role in a maverick decision he makes; to be fair, circumstances placed them in an untenable position, but surely there were other options. Going rogue does lead to consequences, leading to a surprising but satisfying denouement.
I would absolutely recommend Going Public. This book functions well enough as a standalone, so you don’t necessarily have to start at the beginning of the series, although you should because it’s a fun book. I’m looking forward to reading more from Lin in the future!
I received a digital ARC of this book from Carina Press/NetGalley.