Randal Tobit, of 'On Your Sole' by Caitlin Ricci, is managing his father's shoe store so he can retire. Randal doesn't even like shoes and finds the job difficult. What makes it even harder is the one stipulation his father makes: he can't fire Casey, the perky young man who is working as their shoe salesman.
Everyone loves Casey for his gregarious nature and his seemingly unending knowledge of shoe fashion. It's not that Randal doesn't like Casey, he does. In fact, he's quite attracted to the flamboyant, vivacious guy, but he tries his best to talk himself out of approaching him in an amorous manner. Randal tells himself that Casey is way too young for him and that it's not a good idea to ever get involved with someone who is your employee. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that Casey is obviously very sexy and extremely interested in Randal.
Casey notices his reservations but it doesn't deter him. Casey asks Randal out to dinner but Randal refuses. Still not put off, Casey reminds Randal that he has his number if he changes his mind. When the police call to ask Randal to come down to his store because it has been broken into and ransacked, he calls Casey to give him the bad news. When Casey offers to help with the insurance assessment and paperwork, Randal won't let him, but after realizing how overwhelming it is, he finely acquiesces. All Casey wants as payment is a date.
This is a short, sexy story with paranormal, magical elements that add a lot of spice to the story. It also reminded me that people can't be judged by their outward appearance because most wear “masks” of some sort for protection. If you like sexy young men, second chances, hot, sensual encounters, and magic, you may enjoy 'On Your Sole'. Thanks, Caitlin, for the entertaining diversion.