Book six in the Tales from Rainbow Alley series
Overcoming past hurts and letting love back in sometimes means reinventing everything about yourself, and sometimes means loving who you already are despite the jagged edges.
Rikki’s past is ugly, painful and full of blood. Simon is getting over a lover who only saw him for his uses, but had no use for his heart. From the outside, they seem like a disaster waiting to happen.
From the moment Simon moves into the same house, they seem to be exactly what the other needs. Except for one small detail. Simon has never been—or wanted to be—the one in charge in the bedroom. And Rikki doesn’t trust himself to keep Simon safe. So when Simon demands independence in all other things, Rikki is sure he’ll have to accept a life of solitude and hold himself inside his cold shell.
Meanwhile, as Simon waits for Rikki to bring the heat, his old lover is still hoping to use him one more time. Rikki is going to have to trust his instincts—and all the deadly skills he’s grown to loathe and fear—to keep his Simon safe.
I have not read any of the other books in this series but I didn’t feel lost as I read this book. Jamie Samms does a good job building the story around Rikki and Simon. Sure if you don’t know the overall story line there are questions about people and their reactions, but soon you get caught up in how Simon and Rikki are thinking and reacting to each other.
This is more of a story of learning to trust. Trust yourself, trust another person and trusting your true self and feelings to move forward to become the person you would have been if people hadn’t manipulated your life.
Simon is your typical submissive personality in many ways and because of the abuse he has been he second guesses himself to the point of freezing. I loved how as the story progresses he regains his self worth and grows into a more confident man.
Rikki is much more complicated and has confined himself to the house because he doesn’t trust himself out in the world. He has his kitchen and routines and thinks that is all he deserves. His past has truly f*cked with his head and how he views himself. But Simon needs someone to take care of him and Rikki evolves to fill that need.
As Simon and Rikki grow, the overall story continues and we see all the people from Rainbow Alley come and go.
Overall I liked this story and will go back and look for the rest of the series.
4 stars of 5