Title: One Night in Bangkok, 2nd edition
Author: Gale Stanley
Length: Novella (80 pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (June 18th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: The temperature in Thailand is a humid ninety degrees but things are about to get a lot hotter for Philadelphia lawyer David Elliot.
Thailand is a hedonist’s paradise but David isn’t interested in the sinful pleasures Bangkok has to offer. His only concern is taking care of business so he can return home and patch things up with his ex.
Then on his first night in town, David meets Kai, and the younger man turns his world upside down. Kai is close-lipped, and David knows he’s hiding something but Kai, but Kai brings a joie de vivre into David’s life that’s long been missing. Then after a few blissful weeks, Kai disappears and David is hurt. He knows this was never meant to be anything more than a pleasant diversion but now that it’s over can he walk away without looking back?
Review: Okay, first off, for anyone who knows the song of the same name, let’s take a moment to get it out of our heads. For anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about, don’t give it another thought that leads you to your favourite search engine.
Now we can start. If nothing else, the opening couple of pages are brilliant! We meet main character, David Elliot and immediately you are on his side. But there is a lot more and is certainly a unique book. David is sent from Philadelphia to Bangkok for work, he’s a lawyer at an international law firm and he has been sent to Bangkok numerous times for work. While he’s there to close a deal for his boss, he meets a Thai man who captivates him.
After the rough ride he’s just had in his personal life in the hours before he left the US for Thailand, you can’t deny David some fun. At the same time, this is Thailand, and the country really does have a wild reputation especially when it comes to businessmen. Kai is a man of secrets, and despite past (and present) abuse, he is an incredibly beautiful soul. David isn’t an alpha male type of character, though he can hold his own, but that doesn’t really matter because David is what Kai seems to need. The plot builds to a crescendo, there is a lot of intrigue, and shady details when it comes to David’s work in the city and Kai’s personal life.
I can’t say anything bad about the plot. The story was well paced and if anything, the rapid ending after the slow build up was perhaps unexpected.
Writing this review, I decided that this reads a lot like a fairytale, a gay, modern fairytale. I mean that in the way, they meet and Kai takes on the role of the damsel in distress (though he isn’t exactly either) and non-alpha David is the hero. Then drama ensues before the happily ever after. Although, like a fairytale, instead of thinking, “you married a guy you just met?”, “you’re doing all this for someone you barely know?” In a place like Bangkok, many of us from the West wouldn’t think that was the wisest move, so in end doesn’t that make David the best type of hero for a book?