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!"
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Elevator rides that stole my heart!
Priviledged and closeted lawyer Zach lives in the penthouse of an exclusive highrise in San Francisco his father owns. Every day he uses the elevator to get down and up again into his uneventful life with no friends. It is where he meets Sean from 14th floor for the first time. With each elevator ride the sweet substitute teacher with his love for authentic costumes to make his teaching lessons more colorful and compelling, warms Zach`s cold, lonely heart. But will they ever become more than mere elevator friends?
The cover design implies that this might be a light read and manages to hide a real short-story gem at the same time. The story of Zach and Sean comes with low drama and a slow, simmering attraction. Despite the short word count the story spans over many month of many short elevator rides with timid smiles and brief conversations. It gives both shy men enough time for gathering courage and developing a true relationship. The chapters are clearly structered but are filled with so many little nuances, making both men feel so vivid with all their uncertainties, flaws and struggeling with everyday problems. Simply amazingly written, dear Amy Lane! I love it! A story that makes me smile from start to end certainly deserves a 5 start review!
Paul Woodson did a fantastic narration of Amy Lane´s modern, heartwarming fairy-tale. His voice is simply perfect for Zach. His deep loneliness had already tugged at my heart in the book and is even amplified by his interpretation. Zach working as a union lawyer had not been a big enough rebellion to get him noticed by his conservative and political ambitious parents. Apart from his secertary Leah, Zach´s world seems grey and uneventful, until Sean bursts into his life. I love all those elevator scenes with their timid smiles and tender gestures that always get so harshly interrupted by the „Ding“! When Sean finally makes a move on Zach, gently but determined, the ivory tower falls apart piece by piece.