Saturday, February 16, 2019

ARC Review: Milo (Finding Home #2) by Lily Morton

Milo (Finding Home #2)From the Blurb:

Once upon a time a brave knight rescued a young man. Unfortunately, he then spent the next few years bossing the young man around and treating him like a child.

Milo has been burying himself at Chi an Mor, hiding from the wreckage of his once promising career and running from a bad relationship that destroyed what little confidence he had. Niall, his big brother’s best friend, has been there for him that entire time. An arrogant and funny man, Niall couldn’t be any more different from the shy and occasionally stuttering Milo, which has never stopped Milo from crushing wildly on the man who saved him.

However, just as Milo makes the decision to move on from his hopeless crush, he and Niall are thrown into close contact, and for the first time ever Niall seems to be returning his interest. But it can never work. How can it when Milo always needs rescuing?

Ky's rating:

Snark, banter, laughter and wild hair are the protagonists of Lily Morton's latest book, Milo.

Milo had been in an abusive relationship for years when he was in his early twenties. It was a relationship that marked him and changed the course of his life.

Niall is Milo's older brother's best friend and had been in Milo's life since he can remember. He's also the one who got him away from his abusive ex and helped him restore his faith in himself and start living again.

They are completely and unmistakenly different in almost every way but they have a connection and a chemistry that makes them perfect for each other. Milo is gentle, shy and doesn't like to gather attention. Niall is loud, popular and the life of the party. At first glance they shouldn't work together, but Milo mellows Niall, slows him down, makes him appreciate the simple things in life and he has a calming effect on him. Niall on the other hand draws Milo out of his shell, encourages him and cheers him on.

At the same time they both are different with the other than they are with the rest of the world. Niall isn't afraid to show his gentle side, he is fiercely protective and possesive of Milo and he's jealous for the first time in his life over another person. Milo is more open with Niall than he is with anyone else, he laughs freely and loudly, talks more and is less anxious about his stutter because he knows Niall will never lose patience with him but he'll always wait him out and listen to what he has to say.

I liked their story and I laughed many times while reading it. Lily Morton is an expert in writing banter and her sense of humor aligns with mine surely and effortlessly every time I read one of her books.

My only complaint is Niall's relationship with Milo's brother, Gideon. It was the main source of drama for the story and while it made for some interesting situations it was also kind of weird and slightly icky. I didn't like Gideon as a character and the author's try to redeem him at the end didn't move me from my stance.

What really threw me was the resident ghosts of Sila's estate. They were only mentioned once and there was no plot line involving them so it was very unexpected and I didn't understand why they were there. Also, I wasn't aware that there was a paranormal element in the story so that added to my surprise. Maybe they played more of a role in the first book and I would have understood their mention in the story if I had read Oz first.

Milo is part of a series but it can be read as a standalone, I should know having skipped the first one - I'll fix that though in the future. Oz and Silas are very present here but they don't intrude in the story and they don't steal the spotlight with their own drama. They are supporting and very well developed characters.

The epilogue was a charming addition to the story and the perfect HEA for Milo and Niall. It showed how far Milo had manged to come and how big of a role Niall had played in that by just being there for him.

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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