As a teenager, Charlie "Chase" Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he's living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott moves unexpectedly and doesn't return.
Years later, Chase meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. When they're still together after eight months, Chase is convinced Adan returns his love. But then the time comes to be open about their relationship, and Adan walks away instead.
Time heals all wounds, but when Charlie runs into Scott and Adan and realizes the only two men he's ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn't know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. And even if he can, why would Scott and Adan want Charlie when they already have everything with each other?
This author's usage of snarky, witty humor is perfect for me. He cleverly builds his stories around that special brand of humor, and sucks you right into the book.
This latest book was no different. I loved it from the start, especially with the introduction of each picture by Charlie, and then the part of the story behind the picture. It allowed me to fully immerse myself into the book, and follow along, laugh and snicker and giggle and rage, and yes, even shed a few tears from the beauty of it all.
Was it realistic? Unusual, maybe, but stranger things have happened. Serendipitous, almost, I would say, and as such I could believe it would be possible for Charlie/Chase to fall in love twice, lose them both and then be reunited with them in a relationship that defies convention but is perfect for the three of them.
What impressed me too was that CC let his characters grow throughout. Adan, for example, sure had a huge lesson to learn, and learn it, he did. Scotty too needed to learn something, and he too took his lesson to heart. Even Charlie, sweet, loving, lovable Charlie, needed to learn that second chances can lead to some amazingly good things.
And while in most other books, I would have been extremely annoyed with Adan's douchebaggery comments about getting into Charlie's pants, Cardeno C. skated right along that edge without tipping me over. It was just funny enough, and Charlie's reactions so perfectly matched, that it never ticked me off. Well done, you!
I loved this!!
It was fluffy and sweet and funny and cute, and I want you all to read this.
Thank you to Cardeno C. for offering me an ARC of this novel for review. I didn't promise a positive review, but as it turns out, a positive one was richly deserved.
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