Essence of Time is part of Liz Crowe’s Stewart Realty series. This time, the storyline focusses on Rob and Blake — stepping back in time through their lives to find out why the men are the way they are, and following them through to present day.
Rob has avoided relationships all his life. Sure, he’s had plenty of sexual encounters, but he won’t approach anything resembling an emotional connection with anyone. Only Jack Gordon knows why, and Rob’s determined for it to stay that way. The last thing he wants is pity.
Everything changes for Rob when he meets Blake. Blake’s had troubles of his own, including a badly broken heart, and he’s not interested in being with someone new, either. But it seems the men can’t resist each other, and that their happy ending may be in sight. That is, until Rob’s big secret catches up with him and threatens everything they have, including the possibility of having a child together with a surrogate mother.
Essence of Time is a very long book, but that’s because it’s covering so much ground. There are several characters and story lines, all of which link together at the end, and the background is necessary for us to understand what’s happening now. And I have to say, I enjoyed every bit. The plot is forever twisting and turning, and is brilliant. There’s plenty of drama, emotional moments and hot sex, and the whole thing is excellently written. So if you’re happy to read a roller-coaster of a book with m/m sex and plenty of ménage, and also to have your heart-strings seriously pulled, then definitely check out this book.