Saturday, June 25, 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.

Dani's rating:

I'm a huge fan of the Takeover series and Anna Zabo's writing. Her stories are angsty enough to be interesting but also romantic and so damn SEXY.

Due Diligence is a reunited-lovers story. I vaguely remember Fazil from the second book, Just Business. It turns out Fazil, who recently broke up with his girlfriend, is bisexual. When Fazil travels to Seattle with his boss Eli to consult with a struggling company, he is floored to see his former best friend and lover.

Todd and Fazil were inseparable in high school, but Fazil was young and insecure, and he left Todd behind. Fazil always thought his reasons were justified, but Todd remembers things differently. Todd no longer works in his dad's garage; he is an engineer, and a good one at that.

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Todd and Fazil, even if I do typically prefer slower-burn stories. Todd and Fazil can't keep their hands off each other from day 1. Todd is all bossy and rough during sex, and Fazil is all for that. There's a bit of role play and a ... wait for it ... dragon dildo. (I googled it incognito; you should too.)

While I loved Todd, Fazil drove me crazy with his insecurities and fears. He is just so wishy-washy. Even at the end, Fazil beats around the bush and doesn't directly ask Todd for what he needs. Todd blames himself, but I didn't think it was entirely his fault.

Todd is very forgiving and lets bygones be bygones, but Fazil drowns in guilt and then pulls away from Todd all over again. Fazil has a hard time with feelings in general. He misses Todd like crazy but instead of calling him, he wallows in self-pity. So frustrating!

I liked seeing Eli again, although I wanted to see more of Eli & Justin together. Eli is my favorite character in the series, so more Eli is always good. (Incidentally, I think this book CAN be read as a standalone, but you'll like it more if you at least read Just Business, Eli & Justin's story, first.)

I was fascinated by the whole consulting gig, although I had a hard time believing that employees could get away with spouting homophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-Islam (Fazil's parents are Turkish, but he is a secular Muslim) slurs in a workplace without being fired on the spot. I'm not saying nasty bigots don't exist, but all of the above are grounds for a massive lawsuit.

I also could have done with fewer mentions of Fazil's ex-girlfriend. If my date talked about an ex as often as Fazil mentioned Kris, I would have walked away mid-sentence. But, hey, I'm one of those people who doesn't stay friends with her exes, so this may not bug you.

To recap: HOT SEX, great epilogue, interesting plot that doesn't overshadow the romance, and complex MCs.

The next book is Brian's story (he's the owner of the coffee shop the guys frequent), and I can't wait!

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