Self Preservation by Ethan Day

Self PreservationSelf Preservation by Ethan Day

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Davis always assumed they would wind up back together, until Jack calls and invites Davis to his wedding to Tadd Austin, a prominent architect in Chicago. Jack’s only known Tadd for two weeks, so whatever Jack feels for Tadd couldn’t possibly compare to what he shared with Davis. There’s no way in hell Davis can stand by and watch the life he always expected to get back slip away to some guy Jack barely knows. Tadd Austin, indeed…more like Toad Ass-ton, Davis thinks.

With his best friend, fashion designer Deseree Wildwood in tow, Davis has to shed his sweet, guy-next-door persona, and re-vamp his image into a self-confident, hot piece of eye candy. He’s going to the wedding with only one goal in mind: to do whatever it takes to win back Jack. The Toad is toast!

Once in Chicago, Davis discovers it isn’t going to be as easy as he thought. Not only is Tadd very un-Toad-like, but a mysterious British playboy named Alex Parker manages to interject himself into the mix. Only true love will survive as the tug of war ensues in this Bermuda love triangle from hell.

So what did I think?

Funny and fabulous!

Davis has been apart from Jack, the love of his life, for 6 years. He thought they were destined to be together, that true love would win in the end but then receives a phone call from Jack inviting him to attend his wedding! Davis sets off with best friend Deseree to win his man back!

“And you’ll come with me to Chigago?” he asked.
“You breaking out of your shell and laying claim to your man?” Deseree asked, smiling at the thought. “Like I’d miss watching you going all My Best Friend’s Wedding on Jack’s ass”

What follows is a funny and touching story as Davis and Deseree head to Chicago. The characters include Jack’s gorgeous and outspoken mother Candace and Alex, a handsome British guy who steps in to assist Davis with his break-up plans.

There are a couple of flashbacks allowing us to see how Jack and Davis first met, their first sexual encounter and also their most recent meeting a year before. This integrated with the story well and provided a nice view of how Davis and Jack’s relationship was.

The only negative points I have about this story are minor and are spoilerish so I won’t print them here. If you are really interested you can check out the review with spoilers at Goodreads.
[Tadd, Jack’s new fiance, had no depth. I guess he was portrayed that way so that the reader would find him shallow and hope Jack would see through him and break up. However, with the events at the end, I was disappointed that I didn’t like Tadd more as I wanted Jack to be happy. I also struggled to accept that Jack totally loved Tadd due to Jack’s obvious reaction to Davis, how he spoke to him and touched him. Anyway, enough of my ramblings…..” (hide spoiler)]

The ending was lovely, not over the top, just nice and happy!
[just a slow romance building between Davis and Alex. (hide spoiler)]

4 Stars

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