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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
So what did I think?
When I read a book and rate it, my rating is based on how I feel as I read the book and the feelings that are elicited as the story reaches it’s conclusion. I don’t perform any sort of complex literary critique, I can cope with grammatical and spelling mistakes to a degree, I can relate to stories that are outside the norm – it is all about how the story makes me feel.
With this one, I was somewhat prepared for the emotions. The social media hype – Goodreads, Facebook – let me know that I could expect tears and the introduction supported that big time! But as the story started to unfold, I doubted what I’d heard. I’d stayed away from reading reviews but this was an emotional tear-jerker, wasn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong, Avery and Kane were great characters. They had so much love and the story was compelling as their love supported them through the American politics landscape. But I wasn’t feeling anything exceptional about these obviously, very much in love guys. But somehow I found they had sneaked up on me because surely, only characters you were deeply invested in could cause such tears! I’m not talking about getting a bit weepy, I’m talking about half an hour of solid tears, multiple tissues, blocked nose and a headache. Not to mention the teenage daughter who thought something serious had gone wrong!
So yes, this book is about the ending. It is about the pure emotional response. It is about love and soul mates. But the ending isn’t exactly what you expect. Read it – I dare you!
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review. I don’t know whether to thank her or send her a bill for the kleenex!
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