RELEASE DATE: 30th March 2016
BLURB: Growing up Greek-Canadian, Peter Georgiou always knew his duty was to his family, for whom twenty-first century rules don’t apply. In his early thirties, Peter still lives at home, dates who his parents tell him to, and works at the family restaurant. But watching his two best friends find happiness in each other’s arms has made him worry over his destiny.
When Louie Papadakis returns home to nurse his broken heart and start a new life, he can’t believe his sister is dating his high school crush, Peter. There’s a sadness behind Peter’s eyes that draws him in, and a chemistry he wishes he could ignore. After his closeted ex broke his heart, Louie is afraid to fall in love again, especially with a man who’s keeping secrets.
As Peter finds himself drawn to Louie in unexpected ways, old and new worlds collide. Then a family crisis forces Peter’s hand, and he must decide if he’s willing to sacrifice his happiness for family duty.
Don’t you just love it when you see a book title that catches your eye and then it turns out to be a perfect description of how it made you feel? This is exactly how the title and book, made me feel….happy.
I know it happens, but I had spent two days reading books that was just not doing it for me and this little gem saved the day, I really needed it!
I didn’t realise when I started, but this book also has connections with “When Adam Kissed Me” and “Inseparable” by the same author, it was a lovely and very welcomed surprise. Do you remember Adam and Joe? They are Peter’s friends, the MC of this book. I loved meeting them again, even if it’s only a brief brief appearance.
Peter is a Greek/Canadian. It’s not an easy life when your family dreams of seeing their son married to a good Greek girl and that’s something Peter definitely doesn’t want.
At 33 he was forced to come back home to take care of the family restaurant because of his father’s health and this is where he has stayed. He’s very unhappy. He’s even got the girlfriend that the mothers choose for him! He almost gave up and surrendered to living the life his mother wanted for him, but then he met Louie Papadkis…………..his girlfriend’s brother.
Louie is out and proud. He moved back to Toronto from Vancouver, when his last relationship ended. The chemistry between Peter and Louie is combustible, even as they fight against it. Peter because he doesn’t want to let his family down and feels sure that they will never accept Louie and Louie because he can’t be a dirty secret again. Louie wants love, the whole thing, without compromise and this isn’t possible with his future brother-in -law.
I liked Louie a lot, he’s good and sweet. Peter on the other hand, made me mad, too timorous and insecure, too under the thumb of his family, I wanted to shake some sense into him.
The character that most surprised me was Peter’s father, I disliked him for most of the book and then he surprised me, so much so, he redeemed himself.
It’s a good story, maybe too much drama for some, but it worked for me, I liked the angst and drama, especially when it leaves you with the HEA that I wanted.
4.5 Happy Stars from me
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****