Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking arounSynopsis:
Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him.
Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner. He’s raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of—a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been seeking. Unfortunately for Dreo—and for Nate—the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo’s obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.
I liked this one quite a bit. It was an extremely easy and quick read for me. So I ended up reading it straight through.
I enjoyed the main characters, but especially Dreo even through a good deal of the book, we don't really see all that much of him. That part makes it a bit hard to get why Nate suddenly wants the man so badly, but considering when it happened for Nate and why, I think I get it at least a little bit. When it comes to Nate, Dreo is a force to be reckoned with. When he felt it was time that they finally be together, he made it so that they were. I liked that about him.
Nate is somewhat difficult to relate to for me because he's just so damned nice. I did like that there were people out there that he wasn't all sunshine and rainbows with, but damn that guy could win over anyone within two minutes of meeting them. Everybody loves Nate. It was a bit overwhelming at times.
The book could be on the sappy side at times, too. This was mostly when Nate was talking to his son, though. He and Dreo didn't get too overly sappy for me. Mostly, they were just hot as all hell together.
My main problem with the book is that there was no real conflict. Yeah, what happened to Nate near the end sucked, but even that was no real conflict. Even the interactions with Duncan weren't real conflict, but I was really glad that the two of them got closure and I know I'll be seeing Duncan again in his own story with someone from the A Matter of Time series where he'll get his own HEA, so there is that.
I liked that this had at least some ties to Bulletproof by what happened to Tony Romelli, but was still it's own story. I'm glad I decided to read this....more
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read and I've read some pretty darn good ones.
There was so much emotion in this and for such an awful sThis has to be one of the best books I've ever read and I've read some pretty darn good ones.
There was so much emotion in this and for such an awful subject matter, J.M. Darhower handled this oh so very well. It wasn't at all tawdry and I felt that she didn't romanticize human trafficking or the mob.
The characters were so well written and even without being in their situation or having experienced the things they went through, I felt they were easy to relate to. This is mostly because they were developed so well. I loved following the thoughts of Haven, Carmine and Vincent. I found myself rooting for me despite some of the truly awful things they either did to each other or to others. Out of them all, Haven was certainly the most innocent and it was such an amazing thing to see her evolve to the terrified girl that Vincent brought to North Carolina to the strong girl that made her decision to stay with and love Carmine per sempre. Carmine was certainly not perfect. He was rude and a horrible womanizer, but he grew a lot even though he still has that problem of just saying whatever popped into his head. However, he was such a sweetheart and fiercely loyal to the girl he fell in love with. He fought for her and he did what he could to help move beyond being a slave and stood back and let her stand up for herself when needed. He did hurt her with the things he said from time to time, but he always seemed to understand what he did wrong and apologize appropriately. Vincent moved from being someone that would possibly kill Haven someday to become someone better. It was obvious how much he had loved his wife, but what he did to Haven that one day was still horrible. I was proud of him when he was able to apologize for it. That moment in his office between him and Haven was one of my favorites. I found myself praying throughout the book that he would make it to the end because I had truly become terrified for him. What he was doing was the right thing, but there was so much danger involved. No matter his reasons for doing it, it was the right thing to do. I really fell in love with these characters just as much as I fell in love with watching the romance between Haven and Carmine.
I look forward to reading another book by J.M. Darhower....more