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Author:Amy Lane
Cover Artist:Aaron Anderson
Publisher:Dreamspinner Press
Genre:Contemporary M/M
Length:Novella (94 Pages)
Rating:<?php echo 5; ?> Stars

Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father's building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms.

Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not—poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach's heart one elevator ride at a time. Zach would love to get to know Sean better, but first he needs the courage to leave his ivory tower and face a relationship that doesn't end at the "Ding!"


Zach is a lonely man.  As our story begins, he's got a (proverbial) stick up his butt and a mastered "big bad boss" attitude plastered on his face.  Being born into privilidge is not always posh parties and yachts.  As he describes it, Zach is a prince trapped in an ivory tower (that being the penthouse suite of a building his conservative father owns), and all his little lonely self wants is a knight in shining armor to rescue him and wisk him off to his happily ever after.

When an elevator mishap forces Zach to switch from the haughty express elevator reserved for the elites living on the top floor to one of the lowly man's elevators, fortune delivers unto him his knight in shining... uhm, gaudy cowboy costume?  Mae West drag?  If one can be any more opposite than Lawyer Zach with his hundred dollar ties and white and gray penthouse, it's Sean with his theatrical costumes and middle school teaching job!  Zach is bemused by Sean, and grows to look forward to his chance encounters with him in the ride down the elevator.

But Zach's got a problem.  He's obsessed with Sean and their perfect little 30-seconds-a-day fantasy relationship, and he wants to see what it would be like to ask the adorable little man out on a date beyond the sliding doors.  As the two begin to grow closer and discover their mutual attraction, Zach looks towards Sean to be his knight.  He finds someone worth gambling it all for, and finds the strength to come out to his conservative congressman father.

In true Amy Lane fashion, this story was short, sweet, and lots of fun!  It's an uplifting tale that tells you that even though money can be satifying and comfortable, it can't really buy you happiness.  True happiness can transform you and open your life to new possibilities!  

Reviewed by
Noah Ren

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