It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt.
Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.
Until he meets Ian.
Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.
Until he meets Sam.
Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?
Wow. Okay so if you are looking for angst this is the book for you. Don’t get me wrong though, the story has a lot of humor, Sam’s inner dialogue is quite clever and witty. However between Sam’s insecurities and Ian’s inability to be honest with himself with what he wants and needs the first half of this story has enough angst for 4 novels (good thing I love angst).
By the second half of the book the angst is mostly forgotten (or at least not so prevalent) and the story smoothly transitions into a sweet and funny romance. Sam is a character that draws you to him right away and makes you want to be his friend. Ian is a little bit more complex. While he has that way of making you want to snarl at him you still can’t help but feel for him. It’s apparent from the beginning that these two are perfect for each other, each offering the other something that they are otherwise lacking. Yet they have a lot of issues to work through and not all of it is easy.
This book is really about self-image, on both sides, Sam has to come to terms with how he sees himself. He believes he is not someone that Ian the “living, breathing (panting) romance novel cover” could possibly be attracted to. He definitely would never be someone who would want to live happily ever after with him. Ian has to get past his hesitancy of really coming out and being able to connect with someone on an emotional level. Sam isn’t the type he generally is attracted to but there is something about him and that scares Ian.
All in all I really liked it, especially the interactions between Sam and Nik from Whitetail Rock and the Fix. I actually think I liked Nik more in this book than I did in his books. His snarky, sarcastic and cantankerous repartee led to some of the funniest moment in the book.
This is a definite must read!