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Review: A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook

A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook
Title: A Little Night Murder
Author: J.S. Cook
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

In 1942, Pearl Harbor has been bombed and the war is very much in evidence, but it would seem to have little to do with Frank Boyle, a respected Bronx born insurance investigator. He’s a man who can keep secrets, and no one suspects that his boyhood friend—local mob boss Nicky Brooks—is his lover. When Brooks accidentally kills Frank’s younger brother in a shootout, Frank must choose between his affair with Nicky and revenge for his brother’s life.

After Frank betrays Nicky, police detective Sam Lipinski, a Bronx native who has long carried a torch for Frank, makes a move against the mob and lands squarely in the way of Nicky’s plans. Sam smuggles Frank out of New York to keep him safe, and sets him up him in a small northeastern city. But there, a messy insurance investigation involving the Roarkes, who may or may not have killed their own mother for the insurance payout, places him in danger again. Dodging bullets, shady characters, and fallout from the war, Sam and Frank will need far more than luck on their side if they’re ever to see a loving future.

Review:

A Little Night Murder is a good story and I enjoyed reading it but something was missing for me and I don’t know what that something was. It starts out great, the story works, I liked the MC’s and all the secondary characters but unfortunately I never found myself connected to any of them.

It’s a historical about the mob and what happens when you get involved with them. It spans a couple of decades but the early years are told in flashbacks. Frankie Boyle is in hiding, he testified against his boss and lover Nicky Brooks after a shooting sanctioned by Nicky kills Frankie’s little brother. Frankie ends up in Newfoundland where he finds a pretty good life working as an insurance investigator until Nicky gets out and comes looking for Frankie.

When Nicky heads to Newfoundland to find Frankie, Frankie’s long time friend and sometimes lover Sam comes to Newfoundland to watch out for him….or so he’s led to believe. Sam is Frankie’s love interest but at a time where being gay can get you killed and Sam is somewhat unsure about how he feels and what to do about their relationship. Theirs isn’t an easy one but they do want to be together.

This story is full of mystery, intrigue and most of all revenge, there are twist and turns with a lot of ‘who done it’.  It’s well written and it moves at a good pace. The romance part is secondary but it works. Everything falls into place with this book and that makes it confusing to me as to why I didn’t fall in love with it. I did learn part way into the story that it’s part of a series and I wonder if reading the other two before this one would have made a difference.

It is a good read and I do recommend it for those that love to read historicals with a mysteries.

Review: Under the Waterfall by Neil Plakcy

Under the Waterfall by Neil Plakcy
Title: Under the Waterfall
Author: Neil Plakcy
Cover Artist: Ginny Glass
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

As soon as they’re settled in their new home on the French Riviera, bodyguards Aidan and Liam are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family. Though they’re still in love, and having lots of sex, the disruption, and the discovery that the client’s son is gay and in a touchy relationship, causes both bodyguards to question their skills and their commitment to each other. Can they engineer a happy ending for Michel and his boyfriend, while protecting the family from deadly adversaries?

Review:

This is my first time reading anything from Neil Plakcy and it seems it’s become a habit of mine lately to read the last or the latest of a series first.  In this case it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book it can be read as standalone but reading from book one on would have given me more background of the MC’s. Is this story a romance? I’d have to say no, at least it’s not between the MC’s it’s more a love story, the romance has happened already in a previous book I haven’t read yet but definitely will now! There is a small romance between a pair of secondary characters that is very sweet and heartwarming.

Liam and Aidan are truly wonderful MC’s, the love, trust and respect they have for each other comes across so well, while at the same time the mystery and suspense they are involved in makes Under the Waterfall an exciting story to read. If like me you haven’t read any of the books in this series here is a very short explanation of what goes on in them. Liam and Aidan are partners in their private lives and in their business. They are bodyguards for hire, protecting people from the danger that may have befallen them.

In Under the Waterfall, as I assume in the previous books, you get a love story full of sexy and sweet and a mystery with all its intrigue and adventure. Like the blurb says Liam and Aidan are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family from an environmental group wanting to stop the reopening of the mine by any means necessary.  You will meet Michel the son of the mining executive and Cris the son of the man the family believes is behind the attacks. These two are so in love but neither family knows their son is gay so they have kept their relationship a secret. I loved these boys and my heart went out to them I wanted these two to find their HEA and while it’s not a true HEA it is only because their story has ended with this book. As far as Liam and Aiden questioning their commitment to each other, I didn’t see it that way at all. I saw two men that love each other enough that a discussion about getting aroused when they think of having sex with another man or men doesn’t tear them apart it just showed how much trust they have in each other.  Neither has strayed or acted on those feelings I thought their discussion made them that much closer.  Beautiful!

I’m looking forward to reading all the books in this series and anxiously wait for the next one. Under the Waterfall is well written with an easy flow, the perfect amount of intrigue and suspense with a very special love story.

I highly recommend Under the Waterfall.

Review: Hanging by the Moment by H.B. Pattskyn

Hanging by the Moment by H.B. Pattskyn
Title: Hanging by the Moment
Author: H.B. Pattskyn
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Pasha Batalov has lived his whole life doing what a good son is expected to do. He dropped out of school to help run the failing family restaurant, and ever since he’s put up with his difficult business partner, who also happens to be his father. And, of course, he keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his conservative Russian family. After being closeted costs him his first serious relationship, Pasha resigns himself to one-night stands and loneliness.

But after a chance encounter with lost delivery truck driver, Daniel Englewood, Pasha starts to question all of his assumptions about life. Daniel is sweet, funny, smart, drop-dead gorgeous—and for the last six years, he’s been living with HIV. Pasha worries that he won’t be strong enough to help Daniel if HIV turns to AIDS, but he can’t walk away from their deepening attraction. He also doesn’t know if he can be strong enough to face the hardest task that a relationship with Daniel demands: coming out to his family and friends, and risking losing everything else he holds dear.

Review:

This is my first time reading anything for this author and I definitely will be looking to read more from her. I was a bit apprehensive about reading Hanging by the Moment, I knew the subject matter was going to be a tough one but H.B. Pattskyn did such a beautiful job handling it, I’m in awwe.  This book is about finding love but when you find it it’s not being exactly what you planned on. Learning that the man you think is ‘the one” has HIV is confusing and so scary that you wonder if you should run for the hills but come to realize that no matter what you want to be there for that person.

Pasha is a twenty-five year old that you will want to wrap your arms around when you read how sad his life seems to be. He works with his father in the family diner but things are not easy for Pasha, you see his father is Russian and comes from the old school of raising your children, the one where they are always right and the kids are expected to do what they say no questions asked and definitely no talking back. My heart broke for Pasha after his mother has to be put into a home and his older brother leaves to attend college he realizes someone has to stay with his father to help keep their family business alive so he drops out of school. He has a younger sister whose life is such a mess all the responsibility lands on Pasha to keep things going.

Daniel is a truck driver that stops one day at the diner when he becomes lost and meets Pasha. The flirting between these two was so sweet it put a smile on my face and I knew these two just had to get together. Unfortunately their relationship isn’t a smooth one, Daniel has HIV and these two wonderful men must find a way to make it work.

I loved this story, it was so well written and Daniel and Pasha were so endearing you can’t help but fall in love with them and rooting for an HEA. Of course there are characters you’ll want to hate, some you’ll want to shake and some you’ll want to slap but there will be some you just love and surprisingly one character that you’ll probably not like most of the way through the book ends up being an amazing person. All these characters make this a story what it is, a story about family and friends, true family and friends the ones that stand behind you and love you for who you are no matter what.

I highly recommend this story even to those who can’t read about HIV and AIDS in the end this story will warm your heart.

Review: Yesterday’s Tears by T.T. Kove

Yesterday's Tears by T.T. Kove
Title: Yesterday’s Tears
Author: T.T. Kove
Cover Artist: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★¾

Blurb:

Damian’s world is irrevocably altered the night his aunt and uncle are brought into his A&E, victims of a terrible car accident. Grief-stricken and lost, with nowhere else to turn, he calls Josh—the man he loves, and who left him.

Meanwhile Matt does not know how to live in a world where his parents aren’t, especially when the rest of his family seems capable of handling it while he wants only to hide from the world. His only solace is Adam, whom he wishes was so much more than the man he occasionally has sex with—and who apparently has been keeping a secret that ruins the only comfort Matt had left.

Review:

This is a very difficult book to read. This story is full of angst with the exception of the HEA ending there is a lot of sadness with only a few spots of happiness.

The theme of the story is a good one, it’s about family, loss and how friends and family come together to help each other move on when something devastating happens. Unfortunately there were too many character’s to follow and because of that it was hard to remember which ones were couples and who was related to whom. It got very confusing at times and that bogged the story down. I did have my favorite couples and I wish there had of been more of each of their stories.

I really loved Josh and Damien, they are the MC’s at the beginning and I felt absolutely horrible for everything they went through in their time together. I did feel like something was missing I wanted to know more about what their life was like before the book starts. You only get small glimpses of their life before and that was frustrating but everything they went through made their relationship a strong one.

The other couple was Matt and Caesar. Matt was a mess after the death of his parents and not very trusting of others. I felt for him and was so glad when he found his happiness with Caesar. Because we see them meet in this story it didn’t feel like they had any missing pieces to their relationship I just wanted more of them.

These two couples are the most predominant characters in the story but there are many more. I liked Yesterday’s Tears but I did have issues with it, other than there being too many characters. I thought the story jumped around too much, just as I was getting into a particular storyline it moved on. That was very frustrating.

I do recommend this story especially if you love a lot of angst and know there is an HEA.

Review: Behind Every Cloud by Penny Brandon

Behind Every Cloud by Penny Brandon
Title: Behind Every Cloud
Author: Penny Brandon
Cover Artist: Ginny Glass
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★½

Blurb:

Forced to live behind a lie because of a promise he made to his sister, Kurt’s been celibate for twelve years. It’s not so much the sex he misses, but the chance at a family like the one his parents brought him up to expect. Then he meets Sasha, and it becomes all about the sex. Though he tries hard to resist, Sasha’s just too damn gorgeous, and Sasha wants him. So why not just give in?

Throwing himself with abandon into the Sydney gay scene, millionaire Sasha Harrison becomes playboy celebrity known to everyone as “Silver.” It was fun at first, but after five years of being the media’s meal ticket he now just wants to be left alone. Hounded by reporters, he hides out with Kurt, the one guy who has no idea who he is, or was. But that’s the problem. Kurt doesn’t realize Sasha’s not used to being turned down, and Sasha’s not used to being with nice guys.

Review:

When I started reading Beyond Every Cloud I fell in love with Kurt, Sasha and their story. I got a really good vibe from these two and the more I read the more in love I got but about three quarters of the way in sadly things began to unravel.

The characters are great, their chemistry was evident and there were a lot of awwe moments for me along with moments of feeling sad for both of them. I loved that they didn’t fall into bed immediately and the way Sasha helps Kurt out of the closet he so firmly put himself in but not by talking about it he does it by just being Sasha which shows Kurt what’s been missing in his life.

Along with the love story, Beyond Every Cloud has a small mystery and this is what causes things to fall apart for me. It started out well enough, I couldn’t wait to find out what was up with Sasha and I kept waiting for the big reveal. We’re told by Sasha that he’s done some really horrible things but none of that was explained adequately and the explanation that was given had me scratching my head, if that was all there was it just didn’t seem bad enough for the way he acted. I feel like a huge piece of this story was missing.

I loved that these two got their HEA and I loved them together I just wish there had of been more to the rest of the story. Even with the small issues I had this is still a great love story a bit stereo typical but because I adored Sasha I overlooked that. With a few small changes Beyond Every Cloud would have been a 5 star read.

Review: Stranded by Andrew Grey

Stranded by Andrew Grey
Title: Stranded
Author: Andrew Grey
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★¼

Blurb:

Stranded: Book One

Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert.

Is this life imitating art or art imitating life? The only thing he’s sure of is that the situation he finds himself in is a copy of a scene he filmed earlier, only this time, there is no director yelling “cut” and no crew to rescue him. Terrified for his life, Kendall takes comfort remembering happier times with his longtime lover, Johnny. He hasn’t seen Johnny in weeks since Johnny stayed behind to finish his latest best-selling novel.

As he attempts to survive scorching-hot days and freezing nights, Kendall tries to figure out who did this to him. Could it be Johnny, or the research assistant he suspects Johnny is having an affair with? Both options fill him with bitterness. Or is it a more likely suspect? Kendall has a stalker who sends him flowers and always seems to know where he is. But what does this stranger have to gain by leaving Kendall stranded in the middle of nowhere?

Review:

This story is the first in Andrew Grey’s Stranded series.  It is broken into three different parts or sub-plots. First we have Kendall and Johnny’s relationship, then the movie “Stranded”, and finally the stalker.

Kendall is a stage actor and Johnny is an author. Both men are extremely successful, handsome, and all around nice guys. Kendall and Johnny met and fell madly in love just as their careers were beginning.  This should be the making of a perfect life together shouldn’t it?  Well, over time they have taken each other for granted and the spark has gone.  We know that Kendall still deeply loves Johnny but how does Johnny feel?  Their story is initially told through the use of well written and enjoyable flashbacks that give us insight into their relationship.

Kendall’s successful show comes to a close and he gets his movie break in a film entitled Stranded. This requires him to work in Hollywood.  Johnny is so focused on his writing that he won’t go with Kendall. The world of film making is foreign to Kendall. He feels alone and has to prove himself to a director that doesn’t want him, costars that are right out of Hollywood, and administrative staff that sees a handsome man (wink wink). The plot of the movie involves Kendall being cuffed in a car and left in the desert.  One problem, Kendall does not like tight spaces and is totally freaking out about having to play that part.

Enter Kendall’s stalker who is leaving him 2 pink roses in his car, dressing room, and outside his apartment.  Who is the mystery person and is Kendall in danger? When the stalker catches up with Kendall his fears come true and he is left cuffed in a car in the desert heat, irony right? When the rescue occurs, come on like you thought that wasn’t going to happen, I struggled with how quickly Kendall recovers.  I just think a little medical attention would have been required.

These three story lines blend very well together and give us a romance to follow, development of characters that work well, and a dash of suspense to get the heart racing.  This combination captured my interest and kept me reading to answer the questions: Will Kendall and Johnny figure it out?  Will the movie be a success?  Will the stalker win or will Kendall (and Johnny) prevail?

Review: The More Things Change by K.C. Beaumont

The More Things Change by KC Beaumont
Title: The More Things Change
Author: K.C. Beaumont
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Sliver Publishing
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Exhausted from juggling school, a crappy job, and his nephew’s school functions, Bryan Mullally unwittingly lets his best friend, Aaron, know he’s been in love with him for years. To his surprise, Bryan hasn’t been the only one keeping secrets.

Surgical Tech student, Bryan Mullally, has been pining for his best friend, Staff Sergeant Aaron Briggs since they met in middle school. When Bryan’s exhaustion from juggling school, work, and helping support his sister and nephew catches up with him, his secret slips out, and he wholeheartedly expects the ultimate rejection. As it turns out, Bryan hasn’t been the only one keeping secrets.

Despite the new–and very physical–phase of their relationship, Bryan realizes their lives haven’t changed all that much. When Bryan recognizes that Aaron still looks at him the same way he always did, even when he says, “I love you,” he finally understands the old adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Review:

The More Things Change is a story of family, friendship, and commitment.

Bryan Mullally is training to be a Surgical Technician. Adam Briggs is a Staff Sergeant.  These two met in 7th grade Earth Science class it was love at first sight, a secret that each of them held. Several years later with these guys “all grown up” and commitment exhausting both men, a moment of letting down of the guard, their secret is reveled. There is a brief moment of panic providing the briefest amount of angst to get your heart pumping. The outcome of the slip-up is quickly resolved and the result…

I cannot leave out Chloe, Adam’s sister who has had a run of bad luck and Wyatt, Chloe’s son and nephew to Bryan (and Adam although not biologically).  Wyatt is an adorable child and Chloe is my kind of sharp witted gal. Both Byran and Adam are committed to getting Chloe and Wyatt through their struggles.

Perceived roles don’t always hold true in this story.  This was a wake-up to me showing me that even I can fall trap to stereotypes. One of my favorite lines in the story is when Devon, a student with Bryan, calls Adam “Buzz-Cut Von DreamBoat”.

This was an easy read with an adorable couple, cool supporting characters, and a happily ever after. Bryan and Adam have a playful easy comradery that was a joy to follow. Often times calling each other “saps”. My only disappointment was how quickly the story wrapped up.  I would recommend this book to anyone especially if you just need a good pick me up and enjoy characters that just mesh together.

Review: Whiskey and Wry (Sinners, #2) by Rhys Ford

Whiskey and Wry by Rhys Ford
Title: Whiskey and Wry (Sinners, #2)
Author: Rhys Ford
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Sequel to Sinner’s Gin
Sinners Series: Book Two

He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.

When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.

Review:

This is the second book in the Sinners Series and in my opinion the better of the two. I loved Sinner’s Gin but Whiskey and Wry really did it for me, I loved the balance of romance, mystery and drama in this one just a bit more. Maybe that’s because now that I’ve read both I feel like the Sinner’s Gin was the set up and Whiskey and Wry was the conclusion one cannot be read without the other.

We learn in this story that Damien didn’t die in the accident but is shuffled off to a mental institute he’s given another name and because of his huge memory gaps he doesn’t know who he is but he knows something is wrong. The mystery takes a darker turn in Whiskey and Wry thankfully there are a lot of light moments to temper the dark ones. In parts I felt almost like I was reading a horror story, one that made me want to close my eyes but didn’t dare in case I missed something important.

Like Miki and Kane from Sinner’s Gin, Damien and Sionn seem like an unlikely pairing. I can’t really believe how well they worked together but the love between them is strong and beautiful. Yup, they made me swoon! I only wish there was more of Damien’s background I wanted to know a lot more about him and I would have liked to know what happened to Sionn to make him be where he is when he meets Damien, a broken and confused man, not sure what to do with his life.

I loved having Miki and Kane in this story as much as they were, unlike in a lot of sequels where the MC’s of the first book don’t really have anything to do with the second Miki and Kane played an important part but I never felt they overshadowed Damien and Sionn’s story. Unlike Sinner’s Gin this does have an ending. The mystery is solved and the two couples have their HEA. The story of this family isn’t over though in the next installment Connor will get his story which looks to be a rather interesting one.

Both books are well written and the flow is just right. There is no insta-love or hoping into bed immediately, there is a slow and satisfying story to the conclusion though, perfect!

Review: The Return by Brad Boney

The Return by Brad Boney
Title: The Return
Author: Brad Boney
Cover Artist: Tricia Dunlap
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay, Questioning, Bisexual
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

Music. Topher Manning rarely thinks about anything else, but his day job as a mechanic doesn’t exactly mesh with his rock star ambitions. Unless he can find a way to unlock all the songs in his head, his band will soon be on the fast track to obscurity.

Then the South by Southwest music festival and a broken-down car drop New York critic Stanton Porter into his life. Stanton offers Topher a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert, where a hesitant kiss and phantom vibrations from Topher’s cell phone kick off a love story that promises to transcend ordinary possibility.

Review:

I wish I could give this story more stars I loved The Nothingness of Ben and couldn’t wait to read The Return but there were things that didn’t work for me. The writing is excellent and I do think Brad Boney is a great storyteller but in this book there is too much that I didn’t think necessary and I found myself getting bored in places to the point of me wanting to skim pages. I love reading dialogue and I find in a lot of stories there isn’t enough but in The Return it sometimes goes on way too long without moving the story along. The alternating chapters from past to present got me confused at the beginning but once I got a real feel for it I liked getting Stanton’s back story as much as watching the growing relationship between Stanton and Topher.

I loved all of the players in this story and I thought there was a real connection between Topher and Stanton but Topher stole my heart, I loved everything about him he was the perfect MC. The reincarnation aspect was intriguing but even that ended up being over the top but it does explain the GFY storyline, at least to me it did. I waited for there to be a pull at my heartstrings, make me sob uncontrollably, gut wrenching emotional scene between Stanton and Hutch that never happened and I was actually disappointed that it wasn’t there. This story has very little if any drama but it does have a beautiful love story that has an HEA.

I will definitely be looking to read more from this author. It is unfortunate this one didn’t work as well as The Nothingness of Ben did for me.

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
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★½

Blurb:

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.

Review:

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.