Title: Shifting Views (The Carlisles, #4)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.63 stars out of 5
Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.
Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.
Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.
Book 4 in this series was my least favorite, I’m afraid. I’m not sure why, but it seems the quality of the stories has gone downhill from the release of Book 1. I adored that one!
Denver Carlisle is the last single sibling. He’s very “woe is me,” and I could appreciate that to an extent because no one likes to be the last one standing when they want what everyone else has. But Harding went a little overboard on the feel-sorry-for-Denver kick with regards to his modeling career. If I read one more comment from his inner monologue about the downside to being a model……cry me a river. If it’s so bad, don’t do it. If it’s worth it, then stop whining about it ALL the freakin time.
Denver meets Ethan in a very
unrealistic unusual way. They become neighbors who live across the next building to each other, and Ethan inadvertently gives Denver a “free show” without realizing it. Denver gives him some flashes back, and then they meet in Ethan’s coffee shop some days later. This was too much for me. Sorry.
So let’s talk about Ethan and Denver. Holy Awkward Dialogue Batman! There’s awkward in the adorkable way. There’s awkward in the shy, flirtatious way. And then there’s these two. It was not funny. It was not endearing. It was nothing other than a train wreck of uncomfortable wincing for the first 50% of the book. I was not invested in these two at all.
What worked? The sex was combustible. Really, really hot! That can’t save the whole book for me, though. The relationship between these two went from fumbling dialogue to hot sex to weird “non-fight” to give it some drama and a climax, and The End.
This one was definitely a miss for me, which is a shame, because I really enjoyed some of Harding’s other stories.