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★★★★ Enough by Matthew J Metzger ★★★★

 

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Enough

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Matthew J Metzger

 

The blurb

 

Jesse can do the math: Ezra’s perfect, he isn’t, and this relationship is doomed. Until the accident forces Jesse to recalculate.

Jesse has never had a real boyfriend before. He’s a firefighter, and that’s all that anyone’s seen before—a quick and thrilling screw, and a story for the future. So when he lands Ezra Pryce, the most beautiful man in the whole of Brighton, Jesse can’t quite understand why Ezra is still here eight months down the line.

Not that he’s going to complain. Ezra’s sexy, sarcastic, and doesn’t treat Jesse like he’s stupid, but Jesse can do the math. Ezra is nothing short of perfection; and Jesse falls a very way short of it. Jesse isn’t going to be enough for someone like Ezra in the long run, and he is living—and loving—on borrowed time. When a disastrous weekend in Norwich introduces Jesse to the staunch disapproval of Ezra’s family and the six-pack of his ex-boyfriend in one fell swoop, Jesse’s fate is sealed. He cannot hope to live up to an ex who has every intention of getting Ezra back, and all the looks and charm to do it too. Jesse is not enough for Ezra and he’s never going to be.

 

Our thoughts

 

This was my first time reading this author and I have to say I am really glad I gave this book a try.  it was unique in that it started with an already established couple which I though was a nice change.  When the story starts Ezra and Jessie have been together 8 months.  Ezra is a school teacher and Jessie is a firefighter.  They have a stable relationship but are not yet living together.  Despite their stability both men are struggling with issues of their own.  Ezra has a mother and a sister who have not accepted his homosexuality and Jessie’s background still effects his self image and self worth.  As the story unfolds the two men are forced to deal with their issues and try to strengthen their relationship along the way.
What I really liked about this book was not a lot happened and yet I couldn’t put it down.  Don’t get me wrong, things happened, but no big, dramatic, angst filled events.  Just, for the most part, normal events.  The strength to me was that the author showed me two people working through every day life events and every day struggles and he still kept me up late turning the pages.
I loved both Ezra and Jessie’s characters and I thought they were really well done.  All of the side characters were also well done and I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a character as much as I did Ezra’s sister.  What a vile creature.  The romance felt real and while the sex scenes were minimal it worked for this story.  I found myself rooting for these two and their happily ever after.
Overall I though this was a really well done book.  The writing was strong, the characters drew me in and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  I would recommend this book to others and I will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work.

Hope you enjoy – Alisa x

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