Professional Distance by Silvia Violet is the first in Violet’s Thorne and Dash series. This book is the extremely lustful beginning to Thorne and Dash’s relationship and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thorne had some of the best character development I’ve seen in quite awhile. From beginning to end, Thorne becomes this new and better version of himself. The changes are realistic, so you don’t end up feeling like Violet pulled a fast one on you and replaced one of the main characters when you weren’t looking.
I don’t read a lot of rent boy stories. I have mixed feelings about sex work, in general, and the stories are usually too angsty for me. However, Professional Distance doesn’t fall into the traditional clichés. Dash hasn’t come from an abusive home or have a big, traumatic backstory. And Thorne doesn’t try and “rescue” Dash from his life as an escort.
Two thumbs up from me.
There’s a lot of sex in this book, that’s for sure. Thorne and Dash spend most of their time in bed (or on the couch 😉 ) which makes sense since Thorne is paying Dash to have sex. But there is enough going on outside of the bedroom that I didn’t get bored. Plus, the sexy times are anything but repetitive.
Dash’s friend, Marc, really grew on me. I didn’t like him at first because of his history with Thorne and his general…attitude, but I definitely warmed to him by the end.
Professional Distance was so good and engaging that I will be jumping into book two as soon as possible. In addition, I have a feeling I’ll be checking out a lot more of Silvia Violet’s work. This book is scorching hot while also being emotionally satisfying–what’s not to love?
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Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.
Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.
They’re clearly made for each other.
When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.