Thirty-five-year-old Rick Haviland is a well-respected speech pathologist, but while his friends are all settling into relationships, he refuses to give up his no-strings-attached club-boy sex life. For him, relationships are dangerous; he’s got a secret to hide. When he meets Ian O’Donnell, an account manager with a local tabloid, Rick figures his personal rules for relationships should be enough to keep him safe from more than a one-night stand.
When Ian comes out of the closet, tired of anonymous hook-ups and keeping secrets from his large Catholic family, Rick is right there, and he’s just the sort of man Ian might like to get to know better. Their attraction is immediate, electric and mutual. Ian convinces Rick to break more and more of his rules, and his defenses crumble. But someone watches, someone who’d like to see this new relationship fail. When Ian’s job becomes a means to expose Rick’s secret, it could destroy both their careers and their hearts.
Ian is Kurt’s brother who recently came out when Kurt announced his new relationship. He and Rick had hooked up once, before they know who they were to each other, and now things can either be awkward or avoided. Rick wants to avoid it, Ian wants to make it something more.
Ian tells Rick he wants to be friends, not just a f**k-buddy, so the two go out on platonic “dates”, making Rick crazy and justifying to Ian that there’s more to Rick than meets the eye.
In the background there’s a little drama about someone trying to scare Rick – is it an ex? A stalker? Someone dangerous? Just neighbor kids?
Because of the insistence on no sex, the steam doesn’t pick up til near the end, but what we get is pretty hot!
Rick is a fun character, although I was a bit bothered by his constant pushing away of Ian. At what point is enough proof enough?! But… I can mostly understand why he did it, I just think it was a bit too much.
Ian is just a great guy and so good at keeping Rick grounded. They make a great pair.
Tristan James is wonderful again, giving us the Irish family members as well as a lovely deep, growly voice for Ian and a perfect, snarky voice for Rick.
This was absolutely my second favorite – by a mile! – and a close runner-up with number one as far as favorites in this series.
4.25 of 5 stars for the book and the audio
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