After everything Marc owned burned to a crisp, he’s living off the kindness of others. A model condo is his temporary home, and his last dime went to essentials. He doesn’t need another distraction, but the fates conspire against him, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas.
Cas’s love life has been in limbo for years, lovers moving on as soon as they discover how close he is to his best friend, Maisie. Then he meets Marc. The attraction between the two men can’t be denied, but Cas isn’t sure he can risk his friendship for a guy who will only end up leaving when he sees how close he and Maisie are.
When Marc and Cas discover they live in the same building, it’s kismet. But Marc has to invite chaos into his life if he and Cas stand a chance, and Cas faces a choice between friendship and love. Luck may be on their side… if they’re willing to risk it all.
There are a few of ways that a story draws you in (IMHO), the setting, the situation, the characters, the writing… I’m sure there are more, but these are what come to mind. Any of these can trump the other in importance, and they don’t all have to be met to make a great book, great, however, in some cases, even just one of them being “off” can make a great book … less great.
In this case, I (like always) really liked Posy Roberts’ writing, thought her meet cute was sweet and I’d thought (at the beginning) that I was really going to like the two MCs. However, by the end I was absolutely OVER Cas, and I was especially over Maisie (and Cas).
I admired the fact that both our MCs are bi-sexual and appreciated the “realness” that each MC exhibited. I think that’s definitely one of Posy’s strong suits – giving us authentic characters who aren’t perfect. My problem was that Marc and Cas “liked” one another pretty much immediately and even in their own words fell in love very quickly but I was given no reason to like Cas at all. (Or at least not much.) Cas is so defensive and judgmental and Maisie – wow – she’s a piece of work! The two of them together are daunting! Marc had to really be interested in Cas to take that duo on! The problem is that I didn’t see Marc’s motivation in sticking with it . Beyond their sexual chemistry and being bi, I didn’t see a great connection or a reason to persevere.
As a result, this just didn’t work for me. I wasn’t really rooting for couple and was pretty sick of Maisie by the end – and that influenced my overall enjoyment of this.
I still think the author’s books are some that I’ll pick up any opportunity I can, but this just wasn’t one of the ones that clicked for me.
3 of 5 stars
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