Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track--until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.
Donald "Boxer" Boxwood wasn't looking for anything beyond some casual kink until he peeled Riley off the floor and gave him a safe place to stay. But there's something compelling about the guy crashing on his couch, and the two forge an instant friendship that eases into unmistakable attraction. Despite Riley's hesitancy, Boxer knows one thing to be true: he needs Riley in his life.
Riley risked everything to run away and build a new life for himself, and his secrets aren't something he'd ever wish upon his kind, gentle new friend. But when the past comes to call, he'll have no choice but to put his trust in Boxer…and believe people can change enough to deserve a second chance.
A.M. Arthur loves angst. She loves it so much that she usually doesn't know where to stop, and her characters end up getting murdered while escaping drug addicted mothers WHILE overcoming dyslexia, or something to that effect. There is good angst and there is bad angst, and this author always just steps over the line for me. This book was less angsty (but think about the scale here!), which I really appreciated.
I really enjoyed the slow way that the relationship between Boxer and Riley developed. Riley is hesitant to trust and very skittish, having lots of baggage in his past. Boxer is VERY patient, very giving, and extremely kind. He is a gentle giant, and he uses his calm nature to win Riley's trust and bring out his kinky side.
A warning for all readers, there is a near non-con scene here so if that is a trigger for you, be forewarned. Other than that, I really enjoyed seeing Riley come into his own and discover his toppy side. I think the sex could have been a bit hotter and a bit more confident, if I'm being honest, but it was still pretty decent.
Communication-wise, these guys were very good. However, my main issue is that I just didn't feel that special umph of a 4 or 5 star book. These guys were nice together, but not something I'll think on later.
I can't wait to read Elliot's story, though. That poor guy... now THERE I'll be expecting some major angstage!
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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