Author: Kindle Alexander
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
Very, very conflicted about this. On the one hand, I feel like I should just forget my hangups and just go with flow with this one. Realistic plot? Who cares? But…I can’t quite manage that.
So, this started as a 4 star, maaaaybe even 4.5 stars. Avery and Kane were simply amazing. I liked the flirting, the pursuit, the whole I-am-sitting-in-your-restaurant-twice-a-week-so-you’ll-notice-me kind of romance. The sex was hot. Period. The side characters were very complementary to the story. I also usually loooooove, just loooove time jumps, because I want to cram in as much of a happy couple’s life together as possible. And this book definitely achieved that because we get their whole life in. Literally. It was like a dream epilogue. An epilogue turned into a book where all the things you wonder about for the future are answered, one by one. No conflict because the couple is happy together, and their attraction to each other never wanes.
But. As the story progresses, the plot becomes more and more unrealistic and it gets harder and harder for me to feel the fuzzies. It’s like wanting to finish the cake so badly but when you do it sucks because you hurt like hell, you can’t even sit straight, and it even hurts to breathe. This was just a hypothetical, it has NEVER happened to me, just saying. And even though I crave long epilogues, there’s a reason why authors give us only as much as we can handle. Well…as I said, this book was like a 300 page epilogue. It’s only for so long you can smile, and swoon, and squee, and all that. Not to mention, considering the timeline of the story, I kept thinking: “Should I go online and check if these things could actually happen back then?” I mean, obviously that’s not the point of the story, and it’s my fault if I am not familiar with life in 70s-80s America, but still.
The epilogue within the “epilogue” was very inception-like. I really thought Kane was going to wake up and the whole thing would be a dream Kane had on the first night he met Avery or something.
Still, if you can put all cynicism to the side (which I clearly failed to do), you will get a rare, romantic treat, you will read endless pages of love declarations, unconditional loyalty, personal sacrifice, etc, AND get hot hot hot sex on top. The characters are truly wonderful.
Side note, I felt like I was in a Rocky movie for some reason. Weird right? Paulie reminded me of Andrea’s brother, only a decent version of him, and Avery was Rocky, Kane was Andrea (duh) supporting the big man in his career and taking care of the kids in the Mcmansion, and Janice was Mick. Anybody? No? Just me? Well…