BLURB: When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.
Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.
I loved this better than the first book mainly because Blake’s character’s so compatible with Cas. I loved that they have a share history together and have been pining secretly from each other! Hah!
The series isn’t particularly that memorable but it has its moments. I loved the fact that there’s not much sex in it and somehow, the author deemed it necessary to put more conflict about trust and all. That’s okay I guess, it was an okay read and a better follow up to the series. Will I buy the next one? Yes.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published November 19th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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BLURB: Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.
As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. “Look but don’t touch” becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.
Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend.
I’m a fan of Piper and Kade and I loved it when my favorite authors collaborate to produce a good story. Although this book I find leaning more towards Piper’s writing style. There’s the usual flare for light conflict and the too detailed sex scenes. There was an age gap which by the way reminds me of Thomas Elkin series – remember Tom who’s dating his son’s bff? Anyways, the story was fine but I didn’t feel that much chemistry between Malachi and Aaron. There’s just something off about their relationship and financially, obviously they’re not equal but disregarding that – their connection isn’t that transparent without the words being said. Overall, this was a good start for the series and I’m pretty sure that the next one will be way better than this.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Published April 23rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 22nd 2014)
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