Friday, June 10, 2016

ARC Review: Due Diligence (Takeover, #3) by Anna Zabo

A business trip leads to a surprise encounter with an old flame in this sexy romance from the author of Just Business.

After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S.R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is intriguing to say the least: One of Singularity's engineers is Todd Douglas, Fazil’s first love.

He knows better than to get personally involved on a job like this. Back in high school, Todd broke Fazil’s heart more times than he could count, but both men have grown so much since then—and Fazil never could say no to Todd...

Jewel's rating:

Due Diligence is the third book in Anna Zabo's Takeover series. This book has a bit of a different feel to it, than Takeover and Just Business. One, this is a second chance story (and oh how I do love those!) and two, it isn't a BDSM themed story. Oh, it's kinky, and deliciously so, just not in that way.

Also, while you probably could read Due Diligence as a stand alone novel, I do feel you will get more out of it by reading the previous two novels first. Eli, one of the MC's of Just Business plays a pretty heavy roll in Due Diligence. You'll have a much better understanding of the dynamics of the company that Eli and Fazil work for and get a lot of background in the first two novels that will enrich your reading of this one. Plus, they're fantastic, too.

Fazil Kurt is a bisexual man who just got out of a relationship and he's trying to distance himself from his ex-girlfriend since she started dating someone from their circle of friends. Ouch. So he's happy to head to Seattle, with Eli, to try to straighten out this audit with Singularity Storage. The last person on planet Earth Fazil thought he'd see there was his high school boyfriend, whom he had not seen in 15 years.

Fazil was a good guy, but he tended not to think things through. His own insecurities fed his belief that he was never good enough for Todd Douglas, who was a gorgeous, popular, "bad boy". 15 years later, Fazil still has the same issues (and I admit, it got kind of old after a while). People make all kinds of assumptions about him based on his ethnicity assuming he is a practicing Muslim with all that comes with that. Fazil is pretty much a secular Muslim. He doesn't practice, he eats pork, drinks alcohol and is bisexual. The lesson here is that not everyone is the same.

Todd isn't perfect, either, though. He was blindsided when Fazil up and disappeared after high school, without a word and he never really got over his first - and most intense - love. He was very forgiving of Fazil for the disappearing act, which I thought was a good thing, because they were just kids at the time. But one thing that Todd and Fazil do very very well, is sex. Oh. My. God. I didn't even know what a dragon dildo was before yesterday. But then, I do kind of live under a rock on the internet. But, dayum! HAWT.

But Todd also held some of the characteristics of his younger self, like the idea that Fazil should uproot his life and move out to Seattle. For the longest time, he just wouldn't listen and he wouldn't bend. He was totally blind to Fazil's needs.

So, at least I wanted to smack them both, rather than just one of them. Spread the love, right? I definitely forgive them for their lack of communication and misunderstandings of their youth. They were just kids. And they did do better this time around, it just took them a bit of time to find their way.

I've also got to say just how familiar the whole audit thing with Singularity was. I work for a company that was bought out a few years ago, and there were so many parallels -- the undocumented processes, the 'shoot from the hip' mentality...we had some old school developers that thought that commenting code was a waste of time. So, for so much of what Eli and Fazil were doing, I remember our company going through something similar. Thankfully, our company didn't have the rampant racism and homophobia, but the rest was very familiar, so good job Anna Zabo for capturing that whole situation so very well!

Though I think that Just Business is my favorite of this series, so far, I did really enjoy Due Diligence quite a lot. It was hot and sweet and full of second chances, which I adore. I can't wait for the next book!!


ARC of Due Diligence was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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