Monday, February 18, 2019

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

Milo (Finding Home #2)
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? 

From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to write his own happily ever after.

This is the second book in the Finding Home series, but it can be read as a standalone. 

Content warning: There are descriptions of domestic abuse in this book.

Todd's rating:

After reading "Oz", I was beginning to fall in love with Milo, so when I heard that he was getting his own book, I knew I'd have to read it ASAP and I'm glad that I did.

This story was funny, but since Milo's personality was more subdued, the humor in his story was much more subtle and low-key and less of a punch to the funny bone.

In the prologue, the book began with Milo in a bad relationship with a beautiful, but verbally abusive and belittling artist. A man who never let an opportunity pass to bend Milo to his own will and chip away at Milo's already-low self-esteem.

Then Niall swooped in and rescued Milo from that cruel, undeserved fate, whisking him away to Silas' estate, far from London, giving Milo both time and support as he licked his wounds and began to heal.

The main drama in this story arose from Niall skirting the fine line between protecting Milo and allowing him to find the strength to fight his own battles, which was a bit challenging to watch, since I also felt as though I wanted to shelter Milo from those situations, too.

But as time went by, thanks to the care shown by Niall, Silas and Oz, Milo was able to learn to stand up for himself and wage his own wars, big and small.

I adored how everyone, apart from Milo and Niall, saw how perfect the two men were for one another, subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly pushing them together.

Then when they finally got together physically, after a week of new-found closeness while babysitting Silas and Oz's baby girl, wow, these two burned up the sheets. The steam was really on point, without becoming (*cough-coming-cough*) so frequent that I felt a need to bathe in Purel.

Much like the steam, the feelings developed on page slowly, so they felt believable, but also inevitable, never forced or manufactured.

The one thing that may squick some readers out is the fact that Niall had been in a very casual friends-with-benefits sexual situation with his best friend for over a decade.

And yup, that best friend was none other than Milo's emotionally-distant, older brother, Gideon. Talk about some big ole' sloppy seconds, folks!

#YIKES  #KeepItInTheFamily

Some of my favorite parts of the story, other than the always-funny BFF moments between Milo and Oz, were Milo and Niall's verbal take-downs of the asshole ex, Thomas, and the busybody homophobe in the village, Brunhild. I love seeing a bitch put in their place, and those scenes did not disappoint.

When feelings were finally shared, but a possible separation loomed, I loved, loved, LOVED that Milo finally had a long-overdue epiphany as to what he truly needed, and wanted more than anything else for his life to feel complete.

The story ended with an epilogue from three years down the road, which may or may not have been a wee bit sappy for my tastes, but whatever. I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and there wasn't much that I would've changed.

I'd rate this story at around 4.25 stars and I can't wait to read Gideon's book.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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