My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A good solid story but, for me, just needing a tiny bit more character development for Adam specifically.
I felt I totally understood Everett but there was more of a disconnect with Adam as his backstory didn’t ever get fully explored. Why he’d severed his family connection was mentioned as a reason for him reaching out to Everett but then discarded.
I also found the formatting decision to have all of Adam’s POV chapters in italic a bit of a strange one, especially given how it can be difficult to read for those with visual impairments.
That’s my two niggles out of the way. The rest, ignoring the ‘faux’ nephew elements, brought an interesting and sweet twist on the gay for you trope which I enjoyed a lot.
I liked how Everett just went with the flow when he realised he was attracted to Adam and I loved his determination to fix his relationship with his daughter Grace
Speaking of daughters, Adam’s Bella was a delight and I really loved her.
I also loved the sexual exploration, the humiliation kink was perfectly worked into the narrative and it never veered into dramedy or overly angsty.
Overall, it just suffered a little from being a short story rather than a full blown novel for me. I’d have liked more of them together.
But the Epilogue was all ends up beautifully done.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.