3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Friends to lovers GFY/OFY Holiday Homophobia Hurt/comfort Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series second chance at love Standalone Unrequited Love Valentine's Day

Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows By Ari McKay

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


(Book 2)

Successful attorneys Dane Coulter and Cal Monroe are rivals in the courtroom and friends behind the scenes. But can they be more?
Cal’s always carried a torch for Dane, but Dane is so deep in the closet, he can’t even admit that he might be gay. His father, a raging homophobe who rules the family with an iron fist, forces Dane into an engagement—to a woman. Dane goes along with it to keep the peace and protect his mother, but for Cal, it’s the last straw.
He can’t let Dane make a mistake that could ruin the rest of his life, and he only knows one surefire way to make Dane admit what’s in his heart. But confessing his feelings to his friend could backfire, driving a wedge between them. And even then, the choice must be Dane’s—to live the life his father wants, or to give up everything he has for a chance at happiness in Cal’s arms.


I have not read the first book, but I don’t feel like I was lost at any point. I thought it was funny that this wasn’t relased in February, since the theme for this is Valentine’s Day but…. it still works.

This it’s another enemies to lovers story – sort of – because they’re also friends. We have another villainous father, and a pair of lovers who have to subvert the evil intentions of “Daddy”.

I’m an Ari McKay fan, but this story just didn’t work for me as well as some of their other works. I thought the dialog and sappiness quotient were all a bit much and I was really frustrated with how Dane let his dad push him around and how willing Cal was to wait – indefinitely.

I also missed the tension between the two MCs as it was relieved fairly early on and the ILYs exchanged early as well.

If you enjoyed book 1, are a fan of the author, like the friends to lovers trope and are a fan of the underdog – this is for you!

3.5 of 5 stars


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