Finished "Getting His Man" by B.G. Thomas. It's the story of young naïve Artie who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and he is arrested and jailed. August is a bail bondsman who is hired by Artie to bail him out and clear his name, but Artie inadvertently gets into more trouble and it's up to August to protect him.
Artie finds himself in a jam when he eats a brownie he didn't know was filled with marijuana and a drug bust lands him in prison, even though he didn't do anything. He's scared out of his mind, but finds comfort in August who would guard Artie with his life. There's an intense attraction between them, but they try to remain professional as client and bondsman.
This story contains elements of a classic romantic black-and-white film which happens to be Artie's favorite type of film and August's fantasy of being a hero from one of those films. Our tough yet compassionate main man swoops in to save the young innocent in trouble. The desires of both men compliment each other perfectly: Artie longs for that strong, dependable gentleman and August wants someone that he can love and protect.
As the story progresses, our two heroes learn more and more about each other, having shared interests and become more intimate. At the same time, Artie finds himself on the run from criminals and flees to prevent August from getting involved, but August uses his skills as a bounty hunter to track Artie down and keep him safe.
I really liked this story and how the characters' relationship developed in their actions. August becomes more protective as Artie gets deeper into trouble. Their relationship also progresses gradually and doesn't feel rushed, even though both men find each other very attractive and desirable. It's a very sweet romantic story and, as with all of B.G. Thomas's books, very well-written and contains realistic, fleshed-out characters.