I absolutely love this cover but I just didn't like the book. The blurb describes the book exactly and it sounds great. But there was just way too muc...moreI absolutely love this cover but I just didn't like the book. The blurb describes the book exactly and it sounds great. But there was just way too much sex for me.. Definitely one of those more sex than plot books. However, I did like the writing style and I'll definitely read more of this author but I just couldn't get past the smexing page after page. :-((less)
In all honesty, this is my least favorite of the whole series. I don't like menages in general but out of every menage I've read, this couple I absolu...moreIn all honesty, this is my least favorite of the whole series. I don't like menages in general but out of every menage I've read, this couple I absolutely hate. I hate Nate. He's a selfish, vain bastard that doesn't give two shits about his partners. The only time he cares about something is when it's threatened to be taken from him. And that's exactly what this book and any book where these characters are the main couple is about.
Same shit every time. Ryan and Nate ignore Rio. Don't give a shit about him and just walk all over him. Something happens to Rio and then all of a sudden they care about him again? They didn't give a shit about him before but now that their relationship is being threatened, they all of a sudden want to work things out? When they wouldn't even listen to him when he tried to say something was wrong? Then when they finally decide to do something about the craptastic form their relationship is in, they say fucking doesn't solve anything and they need to talk it out then two seconds later they say 'let's talk later' and end up fucking.
The only shining star in this couple is Rio and even in this book he annoyed me because Nate always made it seem like Rio and Ryan were the ones to blame about everything (own up to your fucking mistakes Nate! Christ) so Rio was apologizing to Ryan or Nate almost the whole book.
To say I was frustrated is an understatement. I love Carol's books, I really do but I really, really, really hate this couple. I've never liked them. Nate has always been annoying. Rio has always been walked all over and Ryan has always favored Nate over Rio. The only thing I enjoyed about this book was Jack(view spoiler)[ and Ryan getting shot (hide spoiler)]. I was hoping throughout the whole book Rio would dumped Ryan and Nate and hook up with Jack and when that didn't happen, I was hoping Nate had been shot (view spoiler)[instead of Ryan. (hide spoiler)]
Whatever. I don't recommend this book and from now on, I think I might just skip anymore books about Nate, Rio and Ryan. I'm over them. It's the same shit every time. Stop saying you are going to start talking more only to end up in the same predicament every time by ignoring Rio and blaming him when something happens. It's annoying.
ETA: I feel really bad rating this one star because I don't hand out one stars often (like barely ever) so rating and reviewing this just about kills me because I love this series but I seriously hated this book. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a... hard book to read. In some respects, I can see the appeal of it. It can be an entertaining and dark read depending on the reader. But if...moreThis was a... hard book to read. In some respects, I can see the appeal of it. It can be an entertaining and dark read depending on the reader. But if you have hang ups like I do? This story is just a struggle to get through.
For me, it dragged considerably. Even from the start it was hard for me to really get into the story. Right when I was starting to like it, though (probably about half way in), Michael's ex shows up. From there, the story went down hill again because Michael and John are just starting to move their relationship past friends and then all of a sudden, John barely exists to Michael. I was not amused or entertained.
More than that, I was confused half the time. I probably understood one out of every five words either of them spoke but the story was just a mess. It starts out as contemporary and then ends with a paranormal twist? With nothing to lead up to that? Almost as if the author decided to write the story one way then halfway through decided to up and change the whole genre without caring to go back and add some details to connect the dots. It was like everyone was normal then all a sudden, all these people had some type of ability that wasn't elaborated on. Just hints here and there that Michael *liked* fire or that John *liked* water (they could manipulate these elements). And then, Quin walks through a gun fight without getting hit?! Or how he survived getting hit by a grenade?! Seriously?! With no explanation how that was possible? On top of that, nothing is resolved in the end. The bad guys who were supposed to be dead? Just vanished and are apparently still alive. Even though Michael saw both of them die. So many loose ends that just made me even more annoyed than I already was. Added to the fact that I felt like John was an extremely weak person and didn't even make Michael grovel! Come on! I did like Quin but I seriously disliked John and Michael.
With that said, Harper Fox seems to love to bring in a guy's ex and shake things up. Personally hating that type of conflict, I think this will be my last story by her. I might have enjoyed the book a bit more if the ex hadn't been so thoroughly thrust (literally!) into Michael the story. No point to keep trying an author when they constantly (at least in all the ones I've read) write something I really hate. I do freely admit though that there was a time or two that my heart jumped in anticipation of what was to come in one of those gun fights but then I got disappointed in the almost anticlimactic resolution to those intense moments.(less)
I love the Cattle Valley series but I didn't much like this one. Surprisingly, it's not even because of the girly bits but because of Trick. Shocker!...moreI love the Cattle Valley series but I didn't much like this one. Surprisingly, it's not even because of the girly bits but because of Trick. Shocker! I know. :P
It took me a while to actually read this one because of the girly bits so I ended up just skipping it and moving on with the series but I finally came back and read it. I liked Carol. I thought it was about time she had her HEA. She's snarky which I really like. I liked George and I liked Trick... okay, I mostly liked George and didn't really care for Trick.
Anyway! I think what didn't work for me on this one is how Carol and George were the ones basically crawling to Trick and pleading to be in a relationship. They were essentially groveling to Trick. I didn't like that. Trick is the one who hurt everyone, mainly George, by putting himself first for decades and sleeping with every girl he could have while on tour. Then all of a sudden, George decides to move on and Carol enters the picture.... That's when Trick decides to change his ways... I didn't like that at all... George had been with Trick for 19 years being a selfish asshole and doesn't even think of changing until a woman enters the picture? Asshole. (view spoiler)[I'm glad Carol is having George's baby and not Tricks because no doubt that child would be as selfish and egotistical as his father. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
The only thing I liked about this book were the parts with just Carol and George. After Trick starting coming into the book more and more, I felt like it was all about him and Carol. Whenever there was a sex scene, I felt like it was just Carol and Trick. For Christ sake, whenever there was actually a three-way it was Trick entering Carol while George entered Trick. Yeah, I like my m/m but I still think George got fucked over in that relationship and not in the good way. :-/
Still, I love this series so I'll recommend it. Although, I don't think this book is essential to read if you just want to skip it :(["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Phew! It was brutal for me to read this. I had to push myself to finish reading it. The only reason I'm not giving this 1 star is because it got a lit...morePhew! It was brutal for me to read this. I had to push myself to finish reading it. The only reason I'm not giving this 1 star is because it got a little better for me towards the very end.
I picked this book back up at around the half way mark. It's been over a year since I read the first half so I don't remember much about it. Regardless, I'm pretty sure the whole book in general is just sex. Sex, sex, sex. And quite vocal sex at that. Lol
I'd say about 80% of the book is sex. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my cup of tea anymore. I like my books with more plot than sex and unfortunately this isn't one of those.
Still, I did like the characters. Mike and Jessy are pretty likable ones even if they like to express their love and ownership a lot. What plot there is, I really liked. I'm partial to swimming and diving because I used to do both which is what interested me about this series in the first place. I would have really loved this story if there was less sex and more details.
Overall, it's not a bad book if you don't mind a majority of sex, otherwise, I'd advise you skip it. (less)
I think Jenre's review is pretty accurate and explains a majority of how I'm feeling about this book.
I thought this story had a lot of poten...more2.5 stars
I think Jenre's review is pretty accurate and explains a majority of how I'm feeling about this book.
I thought this story had a lot of potential. I mean, I thought the premise was rather interesting even with my dislike for menages. I liked the characters and their humor. I found it funny how Kit and Devon were willing to 'share' Jonathan even though he's straight (supposedly). Kit was my favorite character because he was just so adorable. The youngest out of the three of them, he was all bouncy, excited energy and even when he pouted it was cute. I couldn't really connect with Jonathan or Devon because there wasn't that much information given on them, or was there any on Kit for that matter.
While I did like the characters and the general idea for the plot, there was just too much sex. While the sex was kind of interesting, it got boring just reading that and I started just skipping pages. It's like one big sex scene cut into four parts. Which I thought was a waste. I like my books to have more plot than sex and unfortunately, this book has way more sex than plot. I prefer sex in books to further the book somehow but a majority of it didn't.
Overall, I think the only people that will like this book are ones that prefer lots of smexing. As it is, I'm not sure I'll proceed with the series. Maybe if I ever get the urge to just read porn I'll continue with it or if I learn there's more substance to the other books then I'll read them. :-/(less)
It was really hard to rate this one and really hard to think of a review. I always try to write more good things than bad things *frustrated sigh* but...moreIt was really hard to rate this one and really hard to think of a review. I always try to write more good things than bad things *frustrated sigh* but I just can't for this one.
It's not often that I take away stars because of my feelings for a character but in this case, I absolutely detested Sean and Brandt.(view spoiler)[Let me first start off saying that the blurb really doesn't tell much about the book. Yes, it says what happens to Sean and how getting injured affects the lives of Sean and Kyle but what it leaves out is Brandt. Brandt is the reason why Sean and Kyle's lives were turned upside down, not the shooting. You know why I think this? Because Sean and Kyle would have pulled through if they just had to deal with Sean's injury and a few weeks of being in the public eye. Sean and Kyle would have gotten into fights because Kyle was hovering but in the end, it would have been fine for the two but, no, Brandt had to fuck it all up for everyone. Basically instead of the shooting and Sean's injury just being blown over, Brandt drags it on for months, making money off of Sean being a 'hero' while making Kyle miserable and purposely flirting with Sean while Kyle is nearby making Kyle hate Brandt all the more because what does Sean do? Flirts back. Brandt basically brainwashed Sean! Telling him he was helping other people out when, honestly, it seemed like Sean was just making it worse! While extorting his heroism at the same time! Grr!
Sean, oh how much I hate you, Sean. I wanted to stick my hand through my Kindle and throttle him until he turned blue in the face and then I'd like to take some of the knowledge that I've learned in those cruelty books I'm so fond of and use them on him just for how much he was hurting Kyle. He completely disregarded all of Kyle's feelings, especially the ones concerning Brandt and didn't get a rats ass that he was doing that. I hated how much he was dismissing Kyle's fears of what extorting being a 'hero' would mean to them. I hated how he wouldn't even listen when Kyle would tell Sean about them. Sean would ask what was wrong with Kyle and whenever Kyle would answer Sean wouldn't even let him finished a fucking sentence. He basically tosses Kyle away so that he can have his fame and his glory and his oh, so, fucking hot PR guy, Brandt, and be on his lovely way. And while he's walking all over Kyle, he's saying how much he loves Kyle and promises to do this and that and stop all the publicity but what does he do? The first chance he talks to Brandt he agrees to do more talk shows! Oh! And lets not forget about the whole Christmas thing. He books a show at Disney for Christmas. Instead of asking if Kyle wants to come along, he books a flight for himself. And Brandt. Yeah, way to fucking show how much you love a guy, Sean. Oh, yeah, and Sean did everything to push Kyle away. All Kyle wanted to do was help whether it was getting him a drink, massaging his leg or just being there to listen when Sean needed it but what does Sean do when Kyle tries helping? Snaps at him, yells at him, gets angry at him but here's the kicker, Sean lets Brandt do all that shit to him and the only thing Sean uses Kyle for is sex. Which to me means that their six year relationship they had basically was reduced to being fuck buddies. I just fucking hated how he walked all over Kyle, the man he supposedly loved.
In the end, though, there's a HEA. Honestly, I would have been happier if Sean died and Kyle moved on because while Sean and Kyle do end up together, I'll always have this thought that Sean doesn't actually mean what he's saying to Kyle and the first chance another twink shows up, Sean will do all the shit he did to Kyle all over again. So, all those 'I love yous' and 'I'm sorrys' are totally bullshit in my mind because if Sean really loved Kyle that much, he wouldn't have been so inconsiderate of what Kyle was feeling and wouldn't have gotten so angry whenever Kyle didn't like an idea or disagreed with it. Everything Sean says to Kyle to make it better just seemed false to me.
That is basically what this book is about. Kyle getting walked all over because Sean, the man who has supposedly loved him for six years decides that there's a new twink in town and he'd like to have him while saying 'fuck you' to Kyle.
Oh, and I really didn't like how everyone was on Sean's side for a majority of the book when it was Kyle being wronged. So what if Sean was injured, he wants to be an asshole then his ass deserves to be dumped. Kyle's friends and family had no right to make Kyle feel bad for how he was feeling about all the publicity and what Sean's decisions were doing to their lives. (hide spoiler)]
The only highlight of this book was Kyle, imo. And maybe Tony and Jack. I just felt so bad for him that I want him all to myself. He's sweet and caring and tries to make Sean happy when all Sean is doing is making them both miserable. The writing is really good, though. I wanted to just not finish this book but the writing is strangely captivating even with how much sex there is. And the fact that this book was so able to get a rise out of me is why I'm not giving it one star.
Honestly, it breaks my heart giving this story such a low rating (since a 2 for me is a poor book) because I've loved all the books I've read from KA but I just hated this one. Sean and Brandt ruined my enjoyment of it and I just couldn't get past what an absolute douche bag Sean was. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this one. :-/["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
There's certain (sub-)genres I go into with high expectations. I have questions and I want answers. I want a specific thing told to me about what the...moreThere's certain (sub-)genres I go into with high expectations. I have questions and I want answers. I want a specific thing told to me about what the genre is, it has to be believable, I want to be convinced on certain things but above that I want to be made to understand and believe them. Unfortunately, ménages are at the top of that list. I need the story sold to me, to have it believable but it has to suck me in right from the beginning or there's no hope of redemption. That's a bit harsh, I know, and I'm sorry, but it's the way I feel with ménages.
With that said, this book frustrated me beyond belief. It didn't start off on a good note for me. The first 50% of the book is essentially just sex and for someone like me who prefers at least double the plot than sex, it was unbearable to get through. I was extremely close to calling this my first DNF but I agreed to stick it out until the half-way mark... Thankfully, the book finally caught my eye around that time (although it could have also been from the fact I cheated and skipped to certain parts of the book to see if I was actually wasting my time or not ).
Now, just to clarify, I'd say this book is made up of about 60-70% sex. Which I hated and resulted in me skipping those scenes. They were redundant, boring and unnecessary. Only a select few actually contributed to the story. The rest of it seemed like a page filler to me.
It was hard for me to connect with the three MCs. For one, Luke, which is the only pov we get (in first person) is never actually described. So, I have no idea what he looks like and if he was described then I completely missed that because I don't remember any description about him regarding his appearances besides a reference to his father. Richard and Matthew, the other MCs, are perfectly described. But the thing is none of them know anything about each other. Like nothing. At All. They jumped into bed together at a club. Three times. Agree to go on a date. Still know nothing about each other. Then move in together. Still not knowing anything about each other. I didn't like it. Especially with the fact Luke didn't want to put Matthew or Richard into a situation of possibly getting hurt by his father but he still moved in with them when he knew his father would eventually find him and seek to make their lives a living hell. Yeah.....
Anyway, so, yeah. I was frustrated throughout most of the book. To me, the relationship wasn't believable. I still don't understand their relationship. Yeah, at the end, you can tell they loved each other but it was made impossible for me to love them because there was no dialogue between them getting to know each other. What we know of them is what Luke gave us in brief summaries of what he learned from their 'dates'. Well, I wanted to actually experience those dates. Instead, I got the sex after the date.
Needless to say, I didn't much like this book. I couldn't connect with the characters or their relationship, the sex put me off so much from the start there was barely a chance of redemption for this story. With that said, I did appreciate Sloan Parker's writing. It drew me in when the sex didn't overpower the pages. That's what captured my attention and made me want to keep reading when all I wanted to do was bitch about the book. I was ready to give up on it but then the sex lessened slightly and her words drew me in. The conflict revolving around Luke's father was a bit cliched and unbelievable but it still made me stick with the story.
Overall, I'm sorry, I can't recommend this book. I never connected with the characters. I still feel as if they don't really know each other and none of it was believable to me. Expectations are a bitch, huh? *sigh*(less)
This book is a bit different compared to other books. It revolves around Mac who's away from Evan, his lover, because of a movie he's filming. It's th...moreThis book is a bit different compared to other books. It revolves around Mac who's away from Evan, his lover, because of a movie he's filming. It's their one year anniversary and since Mac and Evan can't celebrate together, Evan sends Mac a package full of fond memories they've shared together and as Mac is taking things out of the package, he reminisces the memory attached to each item. So, yes, that means there are flashbacks.
I couldn't really get into the book, though. It didn't much work for me because we only saw the scenes in which they were pampering each other. We didn't get anything from them getting to know each other or just having dinner together or even just talking in general unless it was about what Mac's director wanting him to wax or color his hair or if it was Evan explaining what he was going to do to Mac next.
Also, there was just way too much sex for my liking. And even though it wasn't meant that way, I found it kind of funny how Evan kept using spa treatments and turning them into kinky sex with whatever he was using in his treatments on Mac and he loved doing it because it turned him on (view spoiler)[like when he paint Mac's toe nails blue or when Mac painted his burgundy (hide spoiler)]. I have to admit, I started skimming after the second sex scene because by then it was just too much for me. Sex every chapter, no matter how erotic or kinky it is using different 'spa treatments', is just too much for me so I ended up skipping more than half the book.
Needless to say, I didn't much like it. I probably wouldn't have had a problem with so much sex if there had been some attempt at showing they were getting to know each other outside their sex lives but there wasn't so not really my cup of tea, ya know? I will say, the idea around the story is cute but not all fond memories have to revolve around sex :-/
Bit of a warning, though - Evan's got some kinky (and unusual to some people) fetishes. Most of them revolving around things like manicures, pedicures, waxing, exfoliating, make-up, massages, full body wraps and even some dabbling in feminine clothes, with a bit of BDSM and puppy play to boot. He likes to pamper Mac and treat him to all the pleasures that can be found at his spa with 'spa treatments' and making them into kinky sex scenes. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First and foremost, I'd just like to point out that this is actually a good book but ultimately the open-relationship Zach allowed Angelo to have kill...moreFirst and foremost, I'd just like to point out that this is actually a good book but ultimately the open-relationship Zach allowed Angelo to have killed my enjoyment of the story. I'm not saying I judge their relationship, I just don't understand it and I don't want to read about it. If you like reading about all that and if you don't mind open-relationships, that's cool, but I prefer monogamous relationships over anything else and that's that. :-/
It was great getting another installment of the guys, though. In the past, Angelo was my favorite character but, unfortunately, he's not anymore. He's actually my least favorite now and Matt is firmly at the top. Anyways, I liked the fact that we got to see Matt get a little more intimate with Jared in public (there's only a brief scene but still, it was sweet) and I liked the fact that Zach and Angelo get closer through their little 'kink'. It was nice how everything worked out in the end even if it wasn't the way I'd like it to have ended.
(view spoiler)[I will say that I thought Angelo was a freaking hypocrite the way Zach let him fool around with other guys but he wouldn't let Zach do the same. And I also thought it was way out of character for Angelo to do that since in A to Z he was pretty gaga over Zach and didn't give any indication that he'd do something like that but that's just my opinion. At the beginning, I thought Angelo was walking all over Zach but it's clear by the end that Zach actually gets turned on by Angelo dancing with other guys and knowing that by the end of the day, Angelo will always be his. Still don't understand it but all power to them, right? (hide spoiler)]
I liked seeing pieces of Angelo's old personality and how he could pretty much lose anyone with how he just goes off topic and then back on it again. There was also brief spurts of humor I rather enjoyed and I especially enjoyed getting back into Matt's head again.
All in all, I think this would have been a great book if the whole conflict of Zach and Angelo's sex life would have been left out but that's just my opinion and because of that, I can't recommend this book. Sorry :-/["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I didn't really like this one. I enjoyed Ethan in previous books and I suppose I liked him in this one but I didn't like Brian at all and Pete deserve...moreI didn't really like this one. I enjoyed Ethan in previous books and I suppose I liked him in this one but I didn't like Brian at all and Pete deserved way better.
As with every menage I read, I always feel like there's more of two characters and less of the third one. In this case, while Ethan and Pete spent more time together it was because of Brian's reluctance to come completely clean to his son about his relationship with Ethan and Pete so it put a strain on the three of them resulting in Pete and Ethan spending more time together without Brian. However, while I felt Ethan spent more time with Pete than the three of them together, I felt Brian and his issues along with Ethan and his issues were more the focus of the story than Pete was, which adds to the part where I felt like Pete was left out more than the other two especially with how I felt we didn't get much of Pete's past.
In my eyes, Pete got walked all over by Brian. They had a relationship for how long and Brian only considered Pete a fuck buddy? Then Ethan comes into the picture and Brian claims Ethan deserves better than being a fuck buddy. Like, what the fuck? Pete deserves to be a fuck buddy instead of being a partner? Asshole. I hated Brian. He was a coward who couldn't own up to his responsibility or feelings. Ethan claimed he was a 'good father' but in my eyes, a father that lies to his son about the relationship he's having and sneaks out at night for a booty call is not a good father. It's easy to give a kid a place to stay and feed him, it's not easy to be a good partner unless you work for it.
Needless to say, I didn't like this book. I liked these characters in previous books but I don't like them as a couple. Nothing felt like it was resolved. Yeah, Brian came out to his son finally but what is going to happen next? Pete and Ethan living together separately from Brian just spells problems to me which left the book unfinished, in my opinion.(less)
FYI - Spoilers. I'm just too lazy to bracket them :-/
I was liking this story very much. I enjoyed the way Flynn and Gable met, how they worked togethe...moreFYI - Spoilers. I'm just too lazy to bracket them :-/
I was liking this story very much. I enjoyed the way Flynn and Gable met, how they worked together and the sexual tension between the two. I even liked the fact Flynn and Gable started singing 'I love you's' way too soon. I liked Flynn and his need to have a permanent home and how he just wanted to take care of Gable. I liked Gable because he was so confused on why Flynn was staying with him and even how self-conscious and how low his self-worth really was.
However, while I liked the story in the beginning, it kind of took a wrong turn somewhere for me. I didn't enjoy how Gable essentially was using Flynn as a fuck-toy/housekeeper when it was clear Flynn wanted an actual relationship with feelings. Gable would be lovey dovey one moment then all but running from the room and cold as ice the next. It was like he was bi-polar and his actions towards Flynn when he was pissed frustrated me.
I didn't like the direction the story went in. I'm not overly fond of ex-lovers being in a story (Grant is in almost the whole last half of the book) and I don't enjoy female characters that much either (the best friend, Calley). Really, I didn't like how big a part Calley and her pregnancy played in the last half of the story. It felt wrong and inconsistent with the beginning. Honestly, I felt like it took away from my enjoyment especially when I felt like Calley was kind of manipulating Gable into being the babies daddy (while not actually having to be a daddy). It just felt wrong to me and like she was dumping all her problems on Gable and expected him to fix them for her so she could be happy and him and Flynn could be miserable instead. Okay, I may be over exaggerating on the miserable part but it still felt like she dumped all her problems on Gable and expected him to fix them.
The story was also very inconsistent in general. Flynn would say one thing and then end up doing something different. Gable said he'd never donate sperm unless he could physically be the kid's dad then ends up donating sperm. There was also the fact that the things mentioned in the beginning ended up being something different in the end (Flynn says Gable and him never cuddled in the beginning of their relationship which is inaccurate as they did cuddle, how they never slept close together before the accident when, in fact, they did) and other things like that.
I also felt like the second half of the story was a whole setup for the sequel (featuring Hunter and Grant). A lot of the scenes in the story were also unnecessary and just seemed like a filler. The timeline around the events had me questioning whether it was accurate or not. I also felt like the writing ranged between stunted and choppy. It made reading a bit difficult especially when it seemed to drag a bit.
With that said, I did like the story to some extent. I liked the characters enough and I liked the conflict regarding Gable's leg. I found that interesting although I had a problem coping with Gable's semi-easy acceptance of its loss considering he was so anti-amputation.
All in all, this was an okay story. I liked the beginning but I wasn't so fond of the rest. I liked Flynn even if what he said was counteracting other things he said and did. I think this will be a hit or miss with others, though, so I encourage people to still try reading it and make up your own mind whether you liked the story or not.(less)
It took me a while to read this one for a variety of reasons. These reasons, however, are completely biased.
Adrien is a genius of a pastry chef. His t...moreIt took me a while to read this one for a variety of reasons. These reasons, however, are completely biased.
Adrien is a genius of a pastry chef. His talents are ultimately what gets the catering company he works for hired at a big event where he meets Tom, an up-and-coming composer. There's an instant spark between the two that quickly blossoms into love. However, while Adrien's love life is blooming, his personal life is falling apart. He'll have to learn how to handle a new job doing something he's never done before, deal with the threat of his past while trying to help his boss' nephew come to terms with who he is and trying to figure out if his love for Tom is more important than his dreams.
I couldn't really connect with the MC, Adrien. I didn't really understand him because of the way he thought and the actions that he did. I liked the other MC, though, Tom. He's a bit of a shallow character but he was likable in a simplistic way. I enjoyed the scenes that had them together and the banter they could swap back and worth for long lengths of time.
I did have a lot of conflict with this story. From the beginning I couldn't get into it because of a simple matter. The woman, Jess Babineaux. I have to say that I read m/m to enjoy the men in these books. When there are female characters I expect to not get certain details about them and that includes how beautiful, gorgeous and captivating a woman is over and over. And for that matter, I don't want an MC, that is supposed to be gay, constantly thinking about said woman. In the beginning, whenever Jess was brought into the picture it seemed like Adrien would go from thoughts of a gay guy to thoughts of a straight guy in a matter of a sentence, giving detailed descriptions about how lovely and flirty Jess was, how her laugh made him tingle or get warm, the curvaceousness of her curves, etc. I'm sorry but that is not something I like to read about in m/m especially when Jess was given more details than any of the other men in the book.
That right there set the tone for this book. I did not enjoy the parts with Jess in them. Unfortunately, a big part of the book revolves around Jess which made this almost excruciating to finish and almost impossible to like. It also made me more critical with the other conflicts in the story and as such I just could not believe there were no repercussions for what Adrien did in his past. The end felt too rushed to me and the conflict around Mark, Adrien's boss' nephew, seemed like a convenient way to tie up the threat with Adrien's past. I'm also left with a lot of questions, most of them about Adrien's past but a few about Mark, how him finding things out didn't make sense fully to me and some questions about Tom.
With that said, I did enjoy the parts solely based on Tom and Adrien's budding relationship. I unfortunately cannot recommend this book. I can, however, suggest to take what I've said into consideration and if you are still on the fence whether to try it or not, I would encourage you to try it because every book hated by one is loved by another. (less)