Friday, September 11, 2015

ARC Review: Lovers, Losers and You by Skylar M. Cates

How can you lose one dream and still find another?

Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.

Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.

When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.

Dani's rating:

This series is quickly becoming my drug of choice.

I need more!

While this book could probably be read as a standalone, I don't recommend it. Andrew has almost no page time in book 1, and Owen has none at all, but understanding the connection between them and the secondary characters is integral to the story.

You'll be missing out if you skip Here For You.

The first book is hella angsty. I cried buckets of tears and ran out of tissues.

Lovers, Losers and You is more upbeat. It's still meaningful and deep, but it's more about comfort and healing than pain and loss.

When Andrew finds Owen sleeping on the beach, he gives Owen some aloe and offers to stay. Owen and Andrew meet again ... and again. They connect in a profound way, but Owen doesn't live in Florida, and Andrew can't abandon his café.

Both Owen and Andrew are all about their families. Owen's parents and special needs little sister are wonderful, but Andrew's mom is negative and drags Andrew down. Andrew is a sort of surrogate parent to his teenage sister, the surly Kayla, and brother, the enthusiastic, eager Tobey.

Andrew's dream is to renovate his café, so when he gets a chance to be on a cook-off reality show, he jumps at the chance.

Never fear. The reality show competition doesn't take over the plot.

There's so much more here: Owen's fear of having to sign a "morality" clause at the private school where he teaches; Andrew's concern for his siblings as his alcoholic, dysfunctional stepfather tries to make amends once again; and Andrew grieving for a brother he never knew.

We also revisit with Cole and Ian from book 1. I could not stop grinning over their snuggles and lingering glances.

But melancholy hangs over Marc, Tomas, and River. Tomas and Marc can't get their shit together, and Marc's anger issues are worse than ever. River is just lost, yearning for a man who will never come back.

We also meet the young and impulsive Morgan, who loses his joy and zest for life following a tragic incident.

But this is what made my heart sing: Andrew and Owen are like two halves of a soul. All angst in this story is external to their relationship. These two are solid. They have phenomenal chemistry and a passion equal to none.

It was the kind of kiss to sigh over. To long for. It was the kind of kiss you missed before you ever received it. The kind you never wanted to be over.

Owen and Andrew are not shy. Indeed, lithe, beautiful Andrew is quite the powerhouse in bed. I loved the Skype sessions and pure, unadulterated WANT.

These men talk and kiss and make love. They trust and hope and BELIEVE.

Skylar M. Cates has quickly become an auto-read for me because she mixes sexy and sweet so damn well.

Listen up, authors: The two aren't mutually exclusive. You can have heart-stopping romance AND filthy, delicious sex.

This book ended much too soon. Cates has two more books planned in this series, and the third one can't come quickly enough!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for a tender, steamy read!

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A good book has no ending. 
~R.D. Cumming

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