Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: 3/28/2016
Genre(s): m/m Friends-to-lovers trope
Page Count: 275 Pages
Reviewed by: Jaime
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
This was an amazing book that is full of emotional ups and downs. You definitely need to have a box of tissues with you while you read it and then get ready for your heart to be ripped to shreds. However the author does a great job of putting your shredded heart back together again…after a lot of angsty goodness in the middle!! Ollie is thrown into a pit of despair when he loses his fiancé in a mugging – only to then have to deal with his previous future-in-laws trying to kick him out of his house because they don’t want to honor their deceased sons Will. Next Ollie has to deal with the fact that one of his best friends, Thomas, has secretly been in love with him for years. Just when Ollie decided that maybe he can love his friend the same way…Thomas, starts a relationship with an American he met while traveling. At this point, I have to wonder if the author just hates Ollie or maybe had a past boyfriend named Ollie because she is really putting this poor guy through the ringer. But never fear, Ollie is in for some happiness even if it’s temporary when Thomas, is suddenly single and finds out he is a dad. Thomas is in need of a place to stay and help with his son..guess who volunteers? That’s right, Ollie does – he puts Thomas and his son up into the house that his previous almost in-laws are still trying to have him thrown out of, yes I know what a mess!!
The thing is that now these two men are living together and feelings start to develop and chemistry ignites and Finally Ollie and Thomas get some time to explore their feelings towards one another – in between midnight feedings and dirty diapers that is, so yeah not an easy task! But then our author decides that once again, Ollie isn’t going to get any happiness..and Thomas feels like he isn’t ready to have Ollie commit to a ready made family so he moves out – leaving poor Ollie bereft again!
The good news is these two do finally get their act together and get their happy ending but it is after many ups and downs in the story – so as mentioned before, bring your tissue and hang on!!!