Pre-release review. This book will be released on 17th February.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent’s reputation, he’s lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he’s back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss’s hot brother.
Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he’s still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister’s diner awakens desires he’d long ago given up on.
The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he’s scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro’s past forces them to confront their feelings in the present…
So what did I think?
This is a story of the choices you make in life and following the right path.
Alessandro has had a difficult life with his early years spent in trouble and his reputation still haunts him when he moved back to his small town to take care of his recently widowed foster mother and her current foster kids. There is not a sign of Alessandro’s past in the man he is now. He is honourable and trust worthy and places his family first.
Jaime has also had a hard life, losing his mother to the same heart disease that resulted in his own health problems. He missed the last years of high school as he waited a heart transplant. In the following years he has been afraid to catch up on the things he missed out on – dating and sex are frightening to a young inexperienced gay man.
Fate intervenes and brings Alessandro to the bakery owned by Jaime’s sister and a beautiful relationship follows. What initially starts as a journey of sexual awakening for Jaime and a ‘no promises’ relationship for Alessandro obviously turns into something more although both men are slow to acknowledge it.
This is a story with lots of drama – violence and mystery as Alessandro’s past which comes back to haunt him and Jaime. It is also a story of intolerance as small minded people ensure their opinions on being gay are noted in a major way. Family plays a key role and I adored Jaime’s relationship with his sister Shannon. I do hope she finds a boyfriend soon! I loved Eunice, Alessandro’s foster mother – such a strong and accepting woman.
I loved Jaime and Alessandro and the tender way they treated each other. There are some sizzling sex scenes and lots of sexual energy and tension, particularly when they hit the gay bar and meet some of Alessandro’s friends! Great mix of hot and passionate and slow and loving throughout this book.
I am very much looking forward to book 2 when it is released.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in return for my honest review.
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