Review: Self Preservation by Ethan Day

Self Preservation by Ethan Day
Title: Self Preservation
Author: Ethan Day
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨


Davis always assumed they would wind up back together, until Jack calls and invites Davis to his wedding to Tadd Austin, a prominent architect in Chicago. Jack’s only known Tadd for two weeks, so whatever Jack feels for Tadd couldn’t possibly compare to what he shared with Davis. There’s no way in hell Davis can stand by and watch the life he always expected to get back slip away to some guy Jack barely knows. Tadd Austin, indeed…more like Toad Ass-ton, Davis thinks.

With his best friend, fashion designer Deseree Wildwood in tow, Davis has to shed his sweet, guy-next-door persona, and re-vamp his image into a self-confident, hot piece of eye candy. He’s going to the wedding with only one goal in mind: to do whatever it takes to win back Jack. The Toad is toast!

Once in Chicago, Davis discovers it isn’t going to be as easy as he thought. Not only is Tadd very un-Toad-like, but a mysterious British playboy named Alex Parker manages to interject himself into the mix. Only true love will survive as the tug of war ensues in this Bermuda love triangle from hell.


This was another great Ethan Day book. I always know I’m going to get something humours, sweet and sometimes emotional with an HEA and very little angst. His characters are something that will give me hours of reading pleasure.

This was a sweet story about love, friendship and coming to terms with what you’ve lost then realizing there just may be a light at the end of that love tunnel for you anyway. The story is light hearted one that took me on a journey that kept me wondering if there was going to be a HEA until almost the end. It’s a well written romcom that plays out like a movie.

I pretty much loved everything about Self Preservation. Davis, Deseree, Jack, Candace and Alex were great. I liked Tadd but for some reason I never got completely connected to him, I think it might have been because he wasn’t in the story as much. Davis was sweet and sad at the same time. Pining for his first love, Jack, for 6 years made me sad but he had such a great personality it was hard not to love him and his best friend Deseree was such a hoot! They made a perfect pair. The shenanigans they get involved in trying to win Jack back were priceless. The few flashback chapters told me about how Jack and Davis got together and a little about their relationship which really helped in understanding Davis’s need to win Jack back.

Ethan Day has a way with words, his characters are comical, snarky and hard not to like. In Self Preservation there isn’t one character that I could say I disliked and I found myself really hoping they all got their own HEA. This story ended differently than I thought it would but it really was a perfect ending.