In 'Man to Man' author G.A. Hauser introduces lifeguard trainee Josh Elliott and his mentor, experienced lifeguard and paramedic, Tanner Cameron. They work on the Southern California beaches--Baywatch country--and much of the story is a depiction of the same stereotypes as that television series. The main male characters are trim, muscular, gorgeous and irresistible and so are the female life guards, of course. Tanner is 30 and recently divorced. He seems to be struggling with himself and his meeting with little gay hunk Josh shakes his basic assumptions about himself and his romantic interests. This story seems to progress with lightning speed so that within a week the totally hetero Tanner and the openly gay Josh are partnered and Josh has come close to having what he wants most: a physical, sexual encounter with Tanner. In fact, Josh is in love.
What I also find a bit hard to believe is that a rookie lifeguard, probably on probation to begin with, is going to put the make on his straight mentor especially when that mentor repeats over and over that he's not gay. On the other hand, Tanner doesn't do much to discourage Josh either and in fact as his confusion about his own real nature deepens he seems to need the strength of Josh's personal ease with being gay. The two men are drawn to each other, initially for different reasons perhaps, but ultimately each gets what he needs and wants.
When it's all said and done, this is a seduction story in which the pursuer is determined and the pursued isn't trying hard to escape. The main characters are likeable and once we accept the basic premise of the story, everything seems to follow pretty naturally. Of course there's the usual adversity that threatens to break the two men apart but as is the rule with the m/m romance genre, there's also the expected happy ending.
It's not a great book and with only just over 140 pages it's not a long one but it's a fun afternoon's escape reading. There's nothing deep here; some good, explicit sexual scenes spice up the narrative, and at the end we have the conclusion we were all hoping for. I give it 3 stars out of 5.