My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Very definitely my favourite book yet in this series and possibly my favourite so far of Jay’s (although I’m still debating with my love of Mark and Ed in Up Close and Personal so…)
But this book is just wonderful.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t a truly beautiful exploration of how finding the right person helps you to open up, be less afraid, less closed off to life, less guilty that you’re somehow broken because you’ve made mistakes and you’re a workaholic.
On paper, nothing should have worked with Adrian and Niall, they were so similar, both repressing emotions and avoiding making connections but for very different reasons. However, the sparks were flying from their first explosive meeting.
I really loved how Jay intertwined a number of different threads through this, the friendships which Adrian slowly began to believe in, his feelings that his past may not be an immovable object, Niall’s awakening that not everything that had gone wrong in his marriage was his fault, the strength and support they gained from each other.
I’m not spoilering the main plot, I found it utterly compelling and something I suspect happens far more often than it really should. It felt believable and the actions of those involved weren’t at all out of place or overly dramatic.
This whole series has been a delight, three quite radically different books in both the relationships at their heart but also in the secondary stories which fire the men’s motivations. More please!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review