RELEASE DATE: 15th September, 2016
BLURB: When Chris Falconer receives an email from his lost high school friend, Justin, ten years after he last saw him, Chris is overjoyed. The two boys had shared kisses and sworn love for each other, but before their love could be tested, Justin’s mother abruptly took Justin out of school, and they disappeared.
Multi-talented and handsome Chris is a cage fighter at Jack’s Clubhouse, and the Dungeon Master in the Candy Apple club. He writes a column for a fitness blog and keeps himself busy, but deep down he’s never forgotten Justin—turns out Justin has never forgotten Chris either.
On a modeling assignment in New York, Justin sees Chris in a café and can’t help contacting him, but his ex, Todd, who doesn’t want Justin but doesn’t want Chris to have him either, has plans to throw their reunion into disarray.
So begins a love story full of emotion. Will Todd succeed? Or this time, will Justin and Chris have the happy ending and delicious love they deserve?
I don’t know about surprise at the Candy Apple but this certainly surprised me. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from reading the title? it didn’t give that much away but I was delighted to find it was a second chance romance, one of my secret favourites. My romantic side loves the idea of lost love never really lost but hibernating until it’s found again and Chris and Justin were lucky enough to come out of hibernation and find it again.
There’s nothing quite like making up for lost time in the bedroom department when you have been separated for a long time and though my wonderful Chris never pushed hard, waited until Justin was ready, Elodie Parkes capitalised on that in a big way (pun intended)!
Her love scenes were not only sizzling hot but beautifully written, showing the caring side of Chris even in very heated situations.
Chris and Justin get back together after a 10 year separation from each other. Justin just disappeared from Chris’s life, but Chris never forgot Justin, no man ever lived up to Justin in Chris’s mind and he’s become lonely because of it. When reunited, Chris knows instantly that it’s love for him, not instant love because his love for Justin never went away.
But this is Elodie Parkes here. Simple love stories are not her style, she always takes the difficult route (which is why I love her books) with many obstacles to overcome before we get our HEA. In this case, it’s Justin’s story. How what happened 10 years ago took away his options and dictated why he is the man he is today. Yes, the tears fell and yes, my heart broke, so please read the blurb carefully, the warning triggers are there.
But that’s not the only baggage that Justin is carrying. His psycho ex-boyfriend is exactly that…psycho! and wants Chris out of Justin’s life.
Now I love a good psycho. But this is where I thought the author didn’t capitalise enough. At first, the ex sent shivers down my spine but the shivers went to giggles nearer the end of the book, which is such a great shame, I wanted the big explosion between Chris and psycho but it was unrealistic and more of a damp sparkler.
I said before that I love Elodie Parkes easy, sexy style of writing and I stand by that. I’ve set her benchmark high because she writes great, riveting storylines and yes, it was all of things but just lost the Big Bang I was expecting, so it’s 4* from me. Really looking forward to see what she has in store for us next time at the Candy Apple.
****I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book****