Title: Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations #2)
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Friends to Lovers
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
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.
My second book by this author, and I’d say I’m definitely gonna remain on the lookout for her. Her writing is so smooth, and I get sucked right into her stories.
Michael and Gil are the two best friends of the couple from Book 1, so we know that Gil has had the hots for Michael since the day they moved furniture together in David, Renewed. Michael has constantly pushed Gil away, replying to texts and phone calls with mean snark. Me thinks thou doth protest too much, Michael.
My favorite part of this book was Michael’s “discovery” about Gil’s life. He has purposefully never let himself ask about Gil to their group of friends, or Gil himself. He finds himself fascinated anyway, and does some digging on his own. I’ve never seen an author incorporate The Velveteen Rabbit into a story so well before. Serious feelz.
What didn’t work? I had a couple niggles with this one that could’ve made this an easy 4.5 star read if they’d been executed differently.
1. The declarations came out of left field. Michael and Gil weren’t THERE yet. Everything was smooth, and pacing was fine with the relationship development, and then BAM – no, no, no. It didn’t fit with where they were at all.
2. The same physician, within two chapters, went back and forth from being a neurologist to a neurosurgeon – 5 TIMES. These specialties are NOT. THE. SAME. (Messing up medical terms is a pet peeve, but get the research correct please!)
Niggles aside, this was a great addition to this series. We get to see the continued development of Delta Restorations, Renovations, and Design that was just an idea in Book 1. I love the banter between the core group of men, even Vern.
There is also a mystery side plot – not sure how I felt about that one. The person behind the vandalism of Jackson’s truck and David’s car from Book 1 was never solved, and the perpetrator escalates in this book. It was done well, but I don’t know how I feel about the outcome. Let’s leave it at that for fear of spoilers.
I have a feeling that Manny’s book is next, and I want him to have his HEA.
I’ll stick to 3.75 stars for this one. Enjoyed and recommend!