Sunday, May 1, 2016

ARC Review: Noah by Cara Dee

Have you ever woken up and expected to see destruction everywhere?

In 48 hours, I lost everything. I came home to find my girlfriend of four years with another man. The next day a plane crash ripped my family away from me, shattering me in the process. In many ways, I died that day, too. The fun-loving man who'd lived in the fast lane and loved his career in the film industry was gone. Left was a forty-year-old shell that dwelled at the bottom of a bottle.

Only one person knew what I was going through. My sister's stepson, who hadn't been on the plane. Julian knew what it was like to lose everyone he loved, too. He'd stopped showing up at reunions when he was a teenager, so I didn’t know him very well. But I told him at the memorial service he could come out and visit me in LA whenever. One day he did, and I guessed it was as good a day as any to start picking up the pieces and see what was left of us.

Dani's rating:

I didn't fall in love with this book until Paris.

At the beginning, there's grief and tears, and cheating ex-girlfriends.

Noah wants to do right by his nephew Julian, but following a horrific tragedy, he can barely get out of bed and shower.

Julian is Noah's older sister's stepson. She raised him, and he calls her "mom," but he is not related to Noah, who's been so busy living the Hollywood life he hasn't seen Julian in years. Noah was never a true uncle; he barely knows Julian when Julian, now 23, shows up on his doorstep in Los Angeles.

What I loved most about Noah is that he's open and self-aware. His voice is real and strong.

He swings somewhere around a 2 on the Kinsey scale and has been with guys before; he's just never had romantic feelings for a man, not until Julian, who is not only his nephew in name but 17 years his junior.

My heart broke for Julian. Even with Noah, he's so alone. He doesn't think Noah really wants him, not for anything but sex anyway.

The book skips two weeks forward in nearly every chapter. At one point there's a nine-month time lapse. The men come together for one night only to start dating (and fucking) other people. This didn't sit well with me, although I understood that they needed to move beyond their pain to truly SEE each other as partners, not just two guys sharing a tremendous loss.

Noah is a B-list producer, Julian a musician. They bond over music and film. While I didn't need the level of detail about the film Noah was directing, it certainly added to the authentic feel of the business (in L.A., there's only one business, no explanation needed).

Once the men finally open up to one another in Paris, where Noah is directing scenes for a movie his good friend Tennyson is producing, the feels keep on coming. One of my favorite moments is when the men visit Sacré-Cœur, and Noah asks Julian out on a date.

"You know, room service for dinner doesn't sound bad. Then we wouldn't have to leave the bed."

I groaned a laugh and stole one more kiss. "Don't fucking tempt me. But no. Indulge me. I want—"

"The couple shit?" [Julian] quipped.

I inclined my head and smirked. "That's right. Besides, I thought we said no sex."

"You said that. I was being hypothetical."

At heart, this is a tender, romantic story about two men who have to move beyond perceptions and labels to find each other.

The passion between Noah and Julian is combustible, and Cara Dee sets the page on fire with the explosive, rough sex. Noah is an ass man through and through, and there's even naughty student/professor role play. So very HAWT.

Noah's personal assistant Nicky is a shifty, slimy fucker who worms his way into Julian's bed. He tries to play a game with Noah, but Noah is having none of that. Nicky definitely gets what's was coming to him.

I liked Noah's friends, who eventually become Julian's friends, and have his back always. Tennyson's pretty damn smart, and Sophie's a total spitfire.

I loved the epilogue and the second epilogue (from Julian's perspective), which is available only on Cara's website. Don't miss that one. It made me crazy happy.

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You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax; all you need is a book.
~Dr. Seuss

An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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