Title: Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations #2)
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
This is the sequel to David, Renewed. I felt Michael, Reinvented, can be read as a stand-alone. I had not read the first book in the Delta Restorations series and I had no trouble with plot or characters – the author did an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed on the background information. That being said, the book does address what happened in book one, so if you are particular about spoilers, might want read them in order.
Okay! Disclaimer out of the way! I enjoyed this book. I felt some trepidation at the beginning with how snarky, uptight and irritable Michael was, and was dreading a whole novella of attitude. But as the plot and character development progressed, my fears were allayed. What I did appreciate was how the author kept some of Michael’s snarky veneer and showed us the fears and hopes underneath, rather than completely stripping away the attitude.
We learn about Gil through Michael’s eyes. At first, we get the impression that Gil is there to torment Michael, almost to the point of unwanted harassment. But when Michael is threatened while watching David and Jackson’s house, we find there’s more to the big tough exterior. Bring in the scene with Michael going to the hospital to see the mural Gil painted, then reads the bit from the Velveteen Rabbit…oh. My. gosh. Tissue please! Gil is so much more than a big guy with muscles.
I had just a handful of issues in an otherwise very pleasant read: why did Michael call Gil first, instead of 911 after he discovered a vandal outside the house? If someone just threatened me, I’d want the police there ASAP. Yeah, yeah, this was what brought Gil and Michael together, but, still… call 911, then call friends.
My other issues was when the scaffolding collapsed and sent Gil tumbling three stories (that was my impression, at least, and comes away with a broken leg and concussion. No mention of the severe bruising one would get from the pipes and wood falling on him? Me thinks there would have been some more issues such as broken or bruised ribs, broken wrists or fingers, or spinal issues from landing on pipes.
Last issue, the declarations of love seemed a bit fast and premature. Michael had been pushing Gil away repeatedly, he didn’t want to get hurt again, then, BAM! Gil is his world. Bit…fast.
But, hey. Gotta fit things into 220 pages while setting up the next book.
Bottom line – I flew through this book. The authors writing style pulls me in, the plot kept me engaged, and the characters are interesting. Add in a tiny mystery and I’m hooked. I’ll be checking out book one.