Another good effort but could have been great
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
EDIT: Im uping my rating to 4 stars because I did actually enjoy this one and I think I was being a tad harsh knocking two stars off for a minor plot issue.
Argh Max Walker has done it again to me. I always love the ideas behind his books and, in the main, they’re always an enjoyable read. But there’s always something which just stops me from being able to rate them a max 5*.
This time round it’s a bizarre side plot which involves blackmail for no really justified reason – i.e. the reason given in the book plot just didn’t work at all for me – so all the tensions in what was a very fast instalove story came via something I couldn’t fully get onboard with.
Still, both Caleb and Red were lovely characters, I loved their banter and their emotional connection to each other which did feel like it was one of those – attraction at first sight – situations, they probably got to the declarations of love a bit quickly but other than that, their romance was super sweet.
I also absolutely loved the intro chapter, it was a clever way to introduce Red and it worked really well.
I also liked how the red herring of Red’s dad possibly being against their romance worked out and I liked that Red, once he decided he wasn’t going to stay in the closet and Caleb wasn’t going to be a secret, went all out to declare it.
And, once again, Max has two of the most beautiful men on his book cover!