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Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations #2) by Diana Copland

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/michael-reinvented-by-diana-copland-8484-b

Blurb

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

Review by Dee

Michael’s story, and what a story!

It had all the elements I love- quick-witted banter, some snark, an engaging storyline and romance. The book can be read on its own, but it follows up with David and Jackson (from David, Renewed) and it follows the story of their new business.

Michael is David’s best friend and he’s caught the attention of Gil, (Jackson’s good friend). What ensues is a funny back and forth between the two of them through most of the book.

Gil is big bear of a man with protective instincts and when Michael has a run in with a prowler, Gil is in full ‘I will be your protector’ mode – it was sweet, not overbearing. And when Gil and Michael do get together, it’s fun and sexy at the same time. The tense moments in the story with the prowler and Gil getting injured all help Michael understand how much Gil means to him.

This is a well done follow up to the first book (I kind of like this one better 🙂 ).

I loved the book and highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Beth

This is a sweet story with a mystery included. You have all the guys from the first book with the emphasis on Michael and Gil. Michael was emotionally burnt badly when he was young and impressionable and has decided to never fall for a guy again. That doesn’t mean he can’t flirt with the guy who pushes all of his buttons!

Gil although big, brawny and bald, has a soft side –  one that keeps throwing Michael for a loop. So when Michael is attacked it’s Gil – coming to the rescue!

We are also given a mystery of ‘who has it “out” for the guys at Delta Restoration, Renovation and Design?’ The author builds the suspense and interactions between the two MC’s well.  Both MCs come to the aid of the other. It takes a horrific accident/deliberate sabotage to make Michael realize that Gil means more to him than just a coworker. The supporting characters help make this story more than just a romance.

Recommended with 4 of 5 stars!

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Review by Morgan

Argh! I’m disappointed ☹

I LOVED book one in this series and I was so pleased to see this sequel.

I have to say it’s not a “bad” book – so don’t think that – but I wanted more from it.

Gil and Michael have that great chemistry of snarky meets sweet and the reader can’t help but yearn for when Michael will switch gears and figure out what a gem Gil is – unfortunately when we do get that – we do! – it’s really late in the story and way too close to the end of the book! As a result it’s pretty unsatisfying and left me disappointed.

I LOVED seeing Jackson and David and – honestly – that part makes this book worth reading. They are SO sweet together and this book is as much a continuation of their story as Michael and Gil’s story.

The vandalism and it’s drama takes up the bulk of the “action” and is still not quite finished so I’m assuming when we see Manny’s (?) story next we’ll get a conclusion there? But Michael and Gil really don’t have as deep a connection by the end of the book as I’d have wanted for them and after reading through all of Michael’s grouchiness I was a bit tired and was ready for some sweetness.

For fans of the first book, you’ll absolutely want to read this, but be warned… I don’t think this’d make a great standalone simply because so much was introduced in book one that make this book more relatable.

I’m on the fence for rating – so I’ll go with 3.25 rounded to 3.5 because of David and Jackson….

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