Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ARC Review: Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations, #2)

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

Jewel's rating:

I just love finding a new-to-me author that I just click with. Diana Copeland's writing is so smooth and delicious, I easily lose myself in her words. I am so happy my friends talked me into reading this series (and I can't wait for more!).

Michael Crane is a sarcastic twink who doesn't believe in love. He was burned really badly in college and he just doesn't trust his own judgement when it comes to relationships anymore, so he's sworn them off and sticks to hook-ups. Ever since meeting a hot muscular guy, that ticked all his boxes, when he helped David move some furniture, Michael can't help but gravitate toward the man. But he denies, denies, denies that there is anything there. Stubborn. I liked Michael, in fact, his sarcasm never failed to make me smile, but I have to admit that his running hot and cold did wear a bit thin, at times.

Gil Chandler is the object of Michael's every fantasy, and the feelings are returned in spades. Gil is a good guy. He's been making sure his dad is cared for, he's keeping on top of estate issues, he's a talented artist, he paints houses for a living and he's always there for his friends. Forming a restoration company with his friends gives Gil plenty of work and plenty of opportunity to wear Michael down.

Like David, Renewed, Michael, Reinvented is fairly low angst. We get a good story, a bad guy who seems to be escalating and bonds that strengthen with every instance of tomfoolery. Nothing brings people together like a shared adversary. And Gil is steadfast in his commitment to looking out for Michael. In fact, I can't think of anyone better suited. And even when Michael gets prickly, Gil sticks around.

I quite enjoyed the story, though I admit to liking book 1 a bit better. I just wish that it hadn't taken such a drastic event for Michael to admit his feelings, and I would have liked more steam. Other than that, though, I loved it, and I'm looking forward to more.


ARC of Michael, Reinvented was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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