I love relationships where there is just as much talking and laughing as there is time spent on the smexy encounters and this book is a starring example.
You can tell, and Riley admits it in the acknowledgements, that these two men were written with love. They jump off the page in all their wonderful glory, Quinn with his smart mouth, Miles with his unfailing honesty.
I loved every bit of this story, as I did book one in the series (and the prologue before that) because they feel real, the friendship between the four men at the heart of the setting, those who surround them, and the world they inhabit, could be just round the corner at that bar table.
It reminded me very much of St Elmo’s Fire, one of the best films of the 80s and also of my own bunch of school mates who’ve now been taking the mickey out of each other for almost 40 years.
Beautiful cover too. I loved that this was a romance focused on an inter racial relationship with a man of colour at the centre. I wish there were even more novels which focused away from the typical white guy heroes.
Like all her books, there’s light angst, a little bit of steam and a generally sweet romance thrown together with the usual trials of life to make a good solid read.
While there’s nothing out of the ordinary in this one, it has some cute moments and the epilogue is a lot of fun. I’m not sure the side plot with Vincent really worked though, it all got cleared up a bit too easily and quickly for it to seem believable.
However, I liked that Owen decided on his own it was time to move on and that Ethan was too good to let him go.
I’m also ignoring the espionage twist, that was ridiculous and could have been left out altogether imho.
2.5* There’s a lot of good things in this book. It’s fairly low angst, it has a cute dog and her litter of puppies, it has a tinge of sadness to stop it being overly sweet and it has a lovely epilogue.
I liked Harley, he was simple in his ways, no manipulation or falseness in his character, he knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to let it out. Tynan on the other hand, took some warming to. He was repressed and closed off and not particularly nice for a while.
Eventually though, he found the inner strength to be himself and do what made him happy. They made a sweet pair and I did find the relationship development believable.
Steam factor is on the low side, a lot happens off page or fades to black but there are also times when they come together and it felt organic and emotionally connected.
But there’s loads of gay stereotyping goes on in this book which made me roll my eyes a lot. Also there’s no actual story narrative, not a lot happens other than an act of dramady which felt out of place.
I’ve said before how much I enjoy a good sports romance. While the real world seems to sadly lag behind when it comes to top level athletes and sportsmen being able to be out safely and successfully, these novels provide the joy and the hope things might reach that state eventually.
This was both a later life and a sort of second chance romance, two of my favourite tropes, both men coming with plenty of baggage and fears about being vulnerable.
I loved both Nix and Linc, they were uniquely drawn characters with their own distinct voice. The steam level is on the lower scale but when they do get together it’s beautifully passionate. It’s also mostly low angst too, these guys talk it out, albeit with some reluctance.
There’s a moment of sadness too but it’s not drama lama-ing for the sake of plot. Now I’m hoping that Sloan has set us up with Blake and mystery man John for book three.
Oh, truly gorgeous cover too.
#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an unbiased and honest review.
I really enjoyed this one, there’s something truly delicious about second chance romances, especially when the ground work is laid down for the separation being down to circumstances or misunderstandings.
Here we have two men reconnected more than a decade later, one wondering if he made the right decision not to go to college and the other absolutely knowing he should never have walked away.
I liked the premise behind Trent’s realisation he should never have left Xavier under the circumstances in which he did. Acceptance that you turned your back on love and screwed up is a favourite trope when it’s done well like here. I also liked that Xavier accepted his part in their separation too by not confessing his money fears at the time.
Their new romance was a lovely slow burn with lots of conversations as well as red hot sex and it worked very well.