My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just as cute as book one in the series, if not more so, there’s a deep connection between Adrian and Vale and it’s clearly demonstrated throughout the book.
Be aware of the trigger warning, this doesn’t mess about with a scene of domestic abuse which, while brief, demonstrates just how quickly someone can turn on those they’re supposed to love.
However, for Adrian he has an excellent support network and he’s also able to return to the man who first rescued him from the streets when he was just 18 and the one man he’s never been able to forget.
Vale is almost two decades older but, to me, the age gap was never an issue. Vale just is a natural carer and nurturer and it was joyous to see him finally get the chance to love the boy he felt was too young for him.
There’s puppy play here but not as much as there was in the first book, this one is more about the care and the love which is allowed to grow when Vale accepts he’s always wanted Adrian and should never have let him go seven years earlier.
I love how KM writes her characters when they’re in puppy space, it’s a definite distinction between their every day behaviour but with characteristics which make it clear they’re the same person both in and out of the hood and equipment.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review