Title: Aiden’s Luck (Seattle Stories #3)
Author: Con Riley
Cover artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: contemporary gay romance
Length: 326 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Sirius
Summary: Its not you Aiden, it is me!
Seattle Stories: Book Three
House-sitting for a friend is supposed to be a lucky break for Aiden Daly. Discovering his new housemate is the image of his first crush turns it into a nightmare. Marco de Luca is obviously interested in being more than housemates, but his resemblance to Aiden’s ideal man seems only skin-deep. Besides, Aiden doesn’t date.
Since his adoptive father’s suicide, Aiden’s first priority has been supporting his remaining family—and shielding them from the truth of their financial situation. Deeply concerned for his mother’s mental health, Aiden remains closeted and lonely, convinced that bad luck is the only luck he’ll ever have.
As if the pressure of keeping his father’s financial secrets weren’t enough to handle, Aiden’s birth father makes contact, sending Aiden’s anxieties spiraling out of control. But it’s a crisis at work that finally brings Aiden to his breaking point. Accepting support from Marco is a gamble, but it could be just what Aiden needs to turn his luck around.
Amongst many books I have reviewed for this site so far, there had been a lot that I loved after I finished, but VERY few that I wanted to love as much as I wanted to love this one before I even started. There were several reasons for that. I skipped the second book in the series, because I trusted Jeayci’s review, and I did not feel like I was confused at all when I was reading this book.
However it took me several attempts to get through the first five chapters. I tried and literally had to put the book down four or five times before I forced myself to read on. It was not because the first chapters of the book were horribly written, or something annoyed me much, no I was just bored out of my mind and I could not figure out why. But the fact remained – I was easily distracted by other books.
What do I do when I am in reviewing trouble and need a wise advise? I go to Raine of course. 🙂 As always she was spot on with her comments – she told me that she did not care much for Aiden, especially in the beginning. And since we do share a brain often enough I realized that it was as simple as that. I knew that I should care for Aiden, especially since there was nothing wrong with the writing, but I just could not figure out why I did not?
Also the book initially just felt too busy with many people with many problems. I do get that this is a series and besides focusing on the current couple, the author has to at least mention those who would be potential candidates for the next book, which I have no idea whether it is even planned in this series or not. I am still not sure for example why Levi was in the book besides to make Aiden reflect as to how his troubles are in a sense similar to his own. At the same time the more the book focused on Aiden and Marco, when I finally got past those five chapters, the better I felt.
Marco was *wonderful*. He was more than a little annoying, but so very wonderful. This is how I would want my friend to behave – not to leave me alone while I am in pain and try to push him away with empty words, while I need the support. I really loved how he took Aiden out of his shell with his non stop meddling and laughter and love. I was also happy that Aiden finally realized that he needed Marco. In fact, the further I was reading along the more I appreciated the slow burning of their romance.
There was nobody in the ensemble cast in the book whom I really disliked. As I said above I was not really sure what Levi was doing in the story, meaning that his storyline felt like an unnecessary extra, but thank goodness there were no villains in this novel. I guess opinions could differ on the dead character (not Ben!), I can see how some readers may think of him as a villain. I kind of found Joel annoying initially – because while I thought that Marco’s meddling was dictated by the best intentions, I did not really see that Joel was in any way friendly to Aiden and kept talking about things which were not really his business. However of course Joel ended up not being a bad guy either and I thought it was a good thing. I sometimes really cringe when contemporary story, which is not a mystery, or thriller comes up with the caricature bad guy just for the sake of inventing a villain.
I also really like that this was another story where the main characters getting together did not make Aiden’s problems with his family magically go away. In romance I do not even mind when the therapy is mentioned in passing, all I need to know is that the character knows that he needs professional help if his issues are heavy. But I really loved how nicely the writer fit in more than a brief mention of a therapy session, which could have easily been tedious and boring.
I did not fall in love with this story, but I ended up liking it overall and I can easily see how other readers may enjoy it a lot.