Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.
Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.
Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.
This is the third book in the Coming About series and I believe it can be read as a standalone. Finally, Rory’s story!
In one way or another, both I survived Seattle and Love and the real boy revolved around Rory. The gentle giant, straight as they come, just married, always happy, always surrounded by friends. Well, it seems it was all a facade.
Rory Donovan is one miserable man. He loves to be touched, his skin craves it, but he has a low sex drive. He’s just not interested in having sex. Because of that, he feels inadequate as a man and as a husband. His marriage is falling apart and he feels lonelier than ever. But nobody sees him. Until Bennett.
This is a long book and there is a lot going on. The MCs don’t really get together before 60% of the book. Actually, I’m kind of surprised I liked this book so much, since I prefer more fast paced stories. But there were many things that held my interest.
Rory’s therapy sessions and his journey to rediscover himself (it is obvious the author did her research and Rory’s complex character is very well sketched). Bennett’s teenage daughter and her not so teenage struggles (the brat almost made me cry). The photography classes Rory taught and the “You will rise” project which is a real organization.
There is plenty of slow burn here but the steamy scenes are not that many. But let me tell you, each and every scene counts for ten! Most explosive first time ever! It was good to actually read a story where the couple had sex after they fell in love.
“We’d connected long before sex was on the table, before dating was even on the table. So the fact that this was happening, here with Rory, was staggering.”
The ending was good. One might say it was borderline preachy, but I liked the important message it conveyed. I would have liked an epilogue with just the couple, though.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read for a man’s brave journey to rediscover himself and find love. Recommended!