Flawless, was a sweet and quick read starring a Latino automotive parts store owner, Gil Alvarez, who encounters Steve Campbell, a rich white male, by chance when he experiences car trouble after a day at the beach with his best friend and business partner, Connor. Gil comes to the rescue once he sees that Steve is having difficulty starting his Ferrari. An expert in Italian cars, Gil fixes Steve’s car and Steve offers to pay him for his trouble. However, Gil declines and considers it his good deed for the day.
The two cross paths again when Steve phones Gil, who provides his business card, for any future car issues. After Steve has difficulty getting his car started because he did not upgrade his car’s software, he phones Gil to service his Ferrari at his home. The car is fixed and Steve offers to take Gil out to lunch as a form of payment for his services.
The flirty chemistry is abundant and things seem like they are about to get off the ground until Steve drives Gil home and makes a disparaging comment about his neighborhood being “unsafe.” Gil is, of course, offended and sees Steve as an elitist jerk. Gil leaves Steve in a huff and Steve is left to lick his wounds and wonder if he will ever cross paths with Gil again.
They both are reluctant to reach out to the other until finally, after a frank talk with Dylan (a former friend with benefits), Steve makes the first move and reaches out to Gil. The relationship soon takes a turn when a sexual encounter between Steve and Gil goes far, but Gil is hiding a secret that he believes will destroy any chance of him and Steve having a real relationship.
It’s not just Gil’s secret that may be a hindrance to their budding relationship, but also the fact that Steve is working through a crush he’s had on his best friend, Connor, who is getting married. Steve is grappling with coming out of the closet as a bisexual man and isn’t really sure about his feelings, in general, when it comes to dating, specifically, dating men so soon after things didn’t go as he would’ve liked with Connor.
This is a very well written, quick read. It’s a story about two people who are moderately damaged and working through their own insecurities, and trying to find something real.
-Reviewed by Natalie