From the blub:
Tucker Gray is a
Baltimore, MD waiter, hailing from the deep south, whose mental health
issues and past relationships have made it hard to trust more than the
cut. After he hits what he thought was rock bottom Tucker decides to
keep close to the ones who stood by him and keep his head down, until he
finds something to prove it can get better.
Jesse Bauer is
unsure what his future holds after an injury forces him to retire from
the marines. With all of the decisions he has to make in his civilian
life with all of its freedoms and possibilities, he feels staying
closeted and keeping the people in his life happy will keep down the
Until the night he met Tucker Gray at a party he thought
that’d be possible, but both of them are instantly and strongly in lust.
As their relationship grows Jesse has to prove himself and Tucker has
to learn to trust more than the cut.
I have to admit, I wanted this book to be good SO BADLY. I thought that this author had so much potential from his other two works that I read before this one so the fact that this promised to be a polished, professional book got me ridiculously excited.
However, when I first started this book, my heart felt like it was sinking. I don't love books that begin a relationship with cheating (yes, I consider a kiss cheating) so I was positively beside myself thinking that this book would end up not being my style. But... as the book went on I felt myself being won over more and more. From about 40% was a turning point for me.
Let me start off with what I liked. I think once I got used to the author's writing style, I found it to be refreshing and easy to read. I know that that doesn't sound like much of a complement but sometimes authors can tend to write on the flowery side and get caught up in too many words. Sometimes I don't want to read something that seems like a thesaurus was used on every page. Kade's writing is much more abrupt and to the point, which I ended up enjoying very much.
I also really loved the character of Tucker. Give me a flawed, damaged, hot man any day! He was sweet and funny and vulnerable and sexy. I felt a real connection to him. And who wouldn't love Alison, the wonderful best friend who only has Tucker's best interests in mind? I think the author did a great job crafting these two.
I also loved the last 20%. Yes, there is a misunderstanding that factors into the ending here, but unlike some other reviewers, I didn't really mind it. It worked with Tucker's history and made sense to me. Even some of my favorite authors put misunderstandings in their story as plot devices, and even though I don't prefer them, it didn't bother me as much as I would have guessed. The reason I REALLY loved the last part of the book is because my emotions were ratcheted up to an 11! I was overwhelmed with feelings, and it bumped up my final rating from 3.5 stars to 4 stars.
What didn't I like? I didn't like the character of Miranda, and not because I thought she was a bitch. I don't mind a bitchy character if the story calls for it. I didn't like her character because I thought (especially in the beginning) that she was too inconsistent. She was described as both really nice and a gossipy, country-club, stuck-up type. Well, which one? I didn't know why Tucker and Alison wanted to be friends with her at all and vice versa. I didn't get the relationship. But mostly, I didn't get her relationship with Jesse. [She was his beard, more or less, right? But the also had sex? But she knew that he was into guys? But she wanted to marry him? I kind of got it more towards the end but I didn't get the dynamics. It seemed naive on Miranda's part and strange on Jesse's part. (hide spoilShe also did some really manipulative things and then people still said she was nice? I didn't quite grasp who she was as a character. I think with a little more re-working at the beginning, the author could have made her character make more sense.
I also didn't love how Jesse and Tucker started out (yes I said that before), but not just with the cheating. Their relationship in the beginning seemed a bit forced.
Though this book wasn't without flaws, I ended up really really enjoying it. The book as a whole improved so much as it went along and I couldn't put it down after the halfway mark. This is my favorite effort thus far by this author and I have very high hopes for his future books!
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