Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he's lucky a friend's younger brother needs a place to stay. He's surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete's body. Apollo's widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It's been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it's time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he's all man now—an adult who's fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo's muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can't afford to fall for that guy. He's determined to hold out for someone who's able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he'd expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what's more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
While this story was good, it really didn't blow me away. It almost felt like I'd read something very similar before, so it didn't really cover very much new ground for me.
I'm not sure exactly why, but even by the end of the story, I still only really felt like I knew Apollo, the alpha Navy SEAL suffering from grief, and Dylan, the best friend's kid brother with the remnants of a teenage crush, on a fairly surface-level basis. I think that maybe a few flashback scenes with Apollo and Neal living their day-to-day lives, pre-accident, might have helped in that respect.
Also, there was just something slightly off about the sex scenes, which didn't grab my attention and made me want to skim past them This was one book where fade to black sex scenes wouldn't have really bothered me.
I did like that Dylan had enough self-respect and pride to step back, after speaking his piece to Apollo, versus allowing things to continue unresolved. And I loved the scene where Apollo finally has his long overdue, posthumous 'talk' with Neal.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the story, but it just wasn't quite 'love,' so I'd rate this one at around 3.5 stars.
My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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