Is it better to keep some secrets locked away?
Matt thought his life was perfect, but he learns there’s no such thing when the man he planned to marry breaks his heart and leaves him holding the pieces. Needing to escape and lick his wounds, Matt heads to New England to spend time on his brother’s lobster boat. A one-night stand proves to him that empty sex does nothing to mend old hurt, and neither does running away.
So when Matt’s best friend, Luke, a firefighter, is seriously injured, Matt steps up, even if it means facing bigotry and ignorance. Luke has been hiding his feelings from Matt all their lives, and revealing them after so many years won’t make life easier for either of them. But nothing worth having ever comes easily….
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2013.
This book just didn’t work for me.
First, Luke jumps into a kiss with Matt with no warning and Matt – who has supposed loved him for 20 years – just runs away. When Luke asks him about this Matt tells him he was freaked out about the sudden change in Luke’s feelings and he’s upset still about his ex. But that doesn’t stop Matt from immediately getting involved with another guy, Aric, and then – for some reason – telling Luke about the one night stand “in case something happens to me” while Matt’s out on a boat. It just wasn’t logical. I wanted more from Luke’s POV. Why did he suddenly feel like he could kiss Matt and how did he feel when Matt treated him so poorly.
I didn’t appreciate that Matt’s one night stand took up several chapters of the book. This and the fact that Matt’s dithering about his ex and Aric lasts up until nearly the last page. At one point Matt wonders if Aric might be missing him or expecting something more, but then it’s forgotten again. I’m just not sure what Aric’s role was in this story.
Matt wasn’t likable as a MC and I didn’t find myself “rooting” for him because he felt a bit distant and self-centered. He tells Aric no, but then just goes for it. He feels guilty so he tells Luke about the experience but I’m not sure why. He “selflessly” wants to take care of Luke, but wonders about Aric and still worries about his ex.
There were several other plot twists and turns that led this book astray and took away from the emphasis of the main love story. I just don’t think this is the best work from this author. I think that the author’s later works are a better example of her writing prowess. (This is a reprint of a 2013 Amber Allure title.) I recommend Beast by the author as a much better representation.
Others might find this to their taste, but it just didn’t appeal to my “sappy” sensibilities. I needed to understand Luke better, to have Matt apologize more and give himself more to Luke and I didn’t want to read any on page sex between the MC and another character once our two MCs had “begun” their courtship.
2 of 5 stars
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