Felice delivers a delicious slice of New York hurt/comfort life
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Felice dropped her announcement that this was going to be Tristan’s story (who appeared in her Man Up series – start with Austin and enjoy!) I was so excited.
What I didn’t expect to get was this story, which is one of deep rooted hurt/comfort and two lonely men who’ve been put aside their whole lives finding that there’s someone willing to be their forever after.
Tristan (who was an undercover detective masquerading as the Go Go dancer in James’ club in the ManUp series), isn’t dealing well with his past, or with the death of his work partner, killed on the job as they went to arrest a child pornographer two years earlier. He now works in security for Ray and has returned to New York after a stint in London.
Sean is an absolute sweetheart. He’s been in and out of the foster system his whole life until suddenly discovering he had a sister, who he’s building up a relationship with and learning to accept he has someone who loves him unconditionally.
The plot is a simple one, a mix-up with Sean’s sister and her husband, Ray, both offering their city apartment to someone to stay in without knowing about the other’s gesture, but the execution is done with the skill Felice brings to all her work.
When Tristan lands after a long, tiring journey to find Sean already inhabiting the apartment, sparks fly between the two men. But, slowly, over time, each learns to lower their walls and let the other one in.
My only reason for this not being a 4* read was that I felt it had a period in the middle where it was a little bit repetitive, with a one step forward, two steps back fratching between the two men.
It’s perfectly understandable, given their backgrounds and trust issues, and didn’t feel forced, but I would have loved to have seen a bit more of them together once they’d started to sort their feelings out.
However, we do get an absolutely gorgeous Epilogue and I’m firmly a believer in their happy ever after! This book was a treat and a very welcome addition to my bookshelf.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
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