RELEASE DATE: July 10th
BLURB: Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.
Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.
When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.
I love finding new authors, I admit that some disappoint but some, like this one, exceeded my expectations.
The first thing that struck me about this book was the beautiful cover, two beautiful bodies, mountains and snow – 3 of my favorite things.
When I was reading, I couldn’t believe that this was a new author, there were so many things that reminded me of my favorite authors and why I read them, it was a great discovery.
Now this is a long book (over 350 pages), which I do not mind at all, and it was so refreshing to find an author that didn’t feel the need to repeat scenes to pad out the book (unlike some other authors), this was a long book with original author’s ideas from start to finish. It’s all necessary to the story, to try to understand Daniel and Rex.
I didn’t find this boring or repetitive – just accepted it.
Daniel is a young teacher who finds himself taking a job in a small provincial town, it’s in the middle of nowhere and far from the civilization that he’s used to.
The first time he meets Rex, it’s quite funny. Daniel is different to others, he sees things differently. The attraction between the two is obvious but not rushed in anyway.
Both Daniel and Rex have had a troubled and dramatic pasts, but despite this there is no self-pity.
I love Rex, he’s the positive character, just what you need to balance the cosmic pessimism of Daniel. They compliment each other so well.
The story is well built, interesting and engaging, full of characters well drawn, including the main characters and the secondary characters.
The sex is hot but also very tender.
The author leaves an opening for a couple of stories, Will and Colin’s? I really hope so, as I would love to see a second book or even a third!
An excellent debut for this new author. Highly recommended.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***