Author: Keelan Ellis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, that desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter’s first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.
Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.
The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.
Interesting book, good premise, it had a lot of potential but it fell short. The book could have been more emotionally charged if some scenes had been expanded, Sure it would have made the book longer but it would have prevented awkward scenes and choppy transitions.
There was a lot if telling, to be honest, chapter five has a lot of ‘telling’ scenes. The character especially Charlie felt too good to be real, he was a sweet guy but he was too perfect despite the quirks he had.
I loved Ethan, the scene of his emotional breakdown had so much emotional potential, it was the perfect scene to make me really care about him or solidify my connection to him. Don’t get me wrong, the scene was good but it could have been a LOT better.
The constant time skip was a bit disconcerting mostly because it was mostly mentioned in between a narrative paragraph.
Now the good aspects of this book. The plot while not original, brought a unique spin on the book, I loved both sides of Ethan even when he was shitface drunk and making a crap load of bad decisions, I loved Abby, heck I loved Vince (he’s kinda adorable if you really think about it… Okay maybe I’m the only one who sees him that way).
Charlie might have been too perfect for my taste despite his commitment issues, but he was the voice of reason because God knows Ethan either over thinks everything or doesn’t think about well enough to come up with a good solution.
During the first 40-50ish% of the book the sex scenes happened off page and I dropped my guard but MY GOD during the other Half the Author went all out I couldn’t even look at the book without going red (Plus I was in a bus…Yup you can imagine the look on my face when the man next to me took a peek at what I was reading).