Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Everest, by S.L. Scott

S.L. Scott, ISBN 9781940071589, December 2017

Singer Davis and her friend Melanie Lazarus have moved from Boulder, Colorado to New York City to make their careers. Instead, they're working in jobs they hate, and still barely able to pay for a decent apartment in a less than ideal neighborhood. And since Singer's goal is a career in publishing, she knows she wouldn't be able to afford even this if she succeeds in getting an entry level job at a publisher.

Despite this, they are enjoying their lives, and Singer's life starts to be enlivened by periodic sightings of a stunningly handsome man who seems to be looking at her with interest, too.

Months pass before they really meet, but when they do, he's as charming, and interesting, as his looks.

But he's very clear that while he wants to spend time with her, he doesn't want to date, and at first it's not at all clear why.

His name is Ethan Everest, and he's a Texas boy who got rich with an online social network he originally created in high school. Now he's had a falling out with his friend and partner, and he's involved in multiple lawsuits as he gets forced out of his company and fights the contrived charges against him.

It's the start of an exciting, confusing, and even dangerous romance.

Singer and Everest are both likable, interesting people, and choose to surround themselves with other likable people. Obviously, Ethan has not always succeeded in that. The character development, though, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, is merely good, not excellent.

Still, they are good characters, good people, and this is about good people winning out in the end.

Content note: explicit sex, more than I personally care for, but really, not excessive, and I expect this is not a note that will put many people off.

Overall, recommended.

I received a free electronic galley from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.