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Book Review: Conversation Hearts, by Avon Gale



Conversation Hearts - Avon Gale


It’s Valentine’s Day, and grad student—and male escort—Levi Barron expects to spend his evening with a client who’s paying him for his services in bed… not an assassin who needs to borrow the view from his hotel room in the morning.

With nothing to do but endure the company of his unwanted guest, Levi and the assassin, Sinjin, spend some time bonding over HGTV, minibar beverages, Flannery O’Connor short stories, terrible Valentine’s candy, and the necessity of lying about their jobs.

Their evening takes an unexpected turn when they decide to indulge in their mutual attraction, and in the morning Levi doesn’t know if he’s spent the night with a hired killer or a hydraulic engineer with a very specific fantasy. Either way, the two have enough chemistry—in and out of bed—that Levi isn’t sure one night with Sinjin will be enough.

And a message left in candy suggests the feeling is mutual.


Book – Conversation Hearts

Author – Avon Gale

Star rating – ★★★★★

No. of Pages – 31

Movie Potential – ★★★★★ (something along the lines of Looking)

Ease of reading – very easy to read

Would I read it again – Definitely. A new ‘Valentine’s Day’ regular.


Reviewed for Divine Magazine

This was a really great, short, read. At just 31 pages, I’d wondered before reading if it would be one of those stories that I read and wished there was more of. In a way, yes. I wish there was more, but a bigger part of me knows that this is the perfect length, with the perfect amount of the story.

Funny, smart and hot, this story has everything you want in a Valentine’s read.

There are quite a few movie, literature and music references, due to the characters trying desperately to find appropriate and safe conversation. Some of them are really funny, some are kind of sweet. There’s also a very strong Edgar Allan Poe theme.

This makes the perfect little Valentine’s Day read, which isn’t too serious or ridiculous, is funny and sweet, with a nice “will they, won’t they” ending. Pretty much everything you want in a Valentine’s date.



“They kissed, quietly and without urgency, until Levi ran out of breath. And instead of making him love breathing, it just made him wish he didn’t need to do it at all.”



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