Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
"You are music and sunshine and laughter and light. And I don't think I can live without it now that I finally know what it feels like to be alive."
Alex, Michael's (Luke's partner; book 1) best friend and former professional fútbol player, still has one foot in the closet. The people close to Alex know he's gay, but his traditional Latino father prefers the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and for Alex, la familia lo es todo.
Alex tried to come out publicly once and paid a price. Now, he's wary and hides behind humour and snarky remarks.
When Nate (Jake's friend who's kind of a shit to Bran in book 2) leases a condo in Santa Monica, he doesn't expect to be so drawn to his landlord and neighbor. But Alex's smiles and kindness, not to mention his ass in those tight running shorts, are infectious, and Nate falls into delirious lust.
The smexy bits in this book are seriously scorching. When the boys go at it fast and hard ... OH, MY.
HAWTT HAWTT HAWTT
There is an element of exploration to the sex, which makes it that much hotter, so, yeah, invest in some iced tea or something before reading.
Nate, who is the first-person narrator of this story, slowly comes to term with being bisexual. He knows his feelings for Alex are more than sex, but Nate doesn't do emotions. He still hasn't dealt with what happened last summer with Julie. And Julie keeps coming round ...
Can we talk about Julie for a second? I understand she was dealing with an emotional fallout, but she seriously needed to get therapy and leave Nate the fuck alone. And Nate needed to grow a pair and sit down and really TALK to her. Because THAT situation wasn't working for anyone.
Alex is a little unfair at the end; he's not the greatest communicator either. He tends to turn everything into a joke. But thank fuck Nate gets it, finally GETS it, and is present for Alex when Alex needs him most.
Ah, that last chapter is lovely!
This is a romantic, sexy story about two very intense men making a go at a forever kind of thing.
No dog this time, but plenty of kissing and touching and FEELS.
"I didn't know what was missing in my life until I met you. I can't see clearly or think straight around you, but I don't need to because I can feel."