Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak-and the sonogram pictures of their surrogate child-and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father.
Now on vacation in Las Vegas, Noah accidentally runs into the Cerreto family, and then the man himself, and learns that not only was he deceived, but Dante was as well. Now Dante wants to make up for lost time, six years’ worth, and to do that he needs Noah, the only man he’s ever loved, and Grace, the daughter he didn’t know he had, to give him a chance at happiness. Dante’s going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction, though. Noah’s not going to fall in love just to be broken again.
(Book reviewed here previously)
Noah went to the airport to surprise his boyfriend Dante with a sonogram of his child only to find Dante in a clench with his work partner. When confronted Dante tells Noah he wants out of the relationship and that he’s fallen in love with someone else.
Though Noah is crushed he does what he can to share with Dante their child, but to no avail. It isn’t until 6 years have passed that they cross paths only to find out that things aren’t what everyone originally thought.
This is a short story, only 96 pages, so much of it happens in a re-telling and the only “real time” is a matter of hours.
As usual I loved the characters. Noah is the perfect guy who did everything “right” but with all the wrong information.
Dante, you think is all bad, isn’t at all… but he still screwed up, and how! But… he’s the alpha guy who makes your eyeballs melt and nobody can just let that get away.
Dante’s family is also perfect and helps to smooth everything over. Noah’s current “boyfriend” is perfectly stupid and manages to do just the right thing so that nobody feels bad about what happens to him.
Most of this is typical Mary wonderfulness and I loved it. What I didn’t love was the brevity and what it did to the story. Instead of having our MCs work out something realistic (Mary does like to split her guys up – for years!) they end up making up in less than 48 hours and it felt really forced. I just hadn’t gotten to the point where I was able to buy into them getting back because Dante hadn’t done enough to earn his right to be back in Noah’s life.
It was close… but I couldn’t quite feel good about it.
So though it pains me to do so, I must give this a 3 of 5 stars. Great for Mary fans, but those less forgiving might not like this title as much.
I think Nick J Russo is amazing! I can listen to his voice for literally hours and never get tired of it.
I wasn’t super in love with this story as an e book, and it’s definitely not one of my favorites by the author, but having Nick give Dante that low growly voice – yum! I’ve already listened to this twice!
Listening to this, I’m reminded of why I both liked and disliked the story. I hated that the main “issue” is a lack of communication, but I did “buy” the explanation about Dante’s co-worker a bit more this time around.
I loved Dante’s family as portrayed by Nick and thought this was a great short listen.
For the audio 5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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