Title: A Selfless Man (Men of Manhattan #6)
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Release Date: September 14th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 132 pgs
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he’s never had before.
For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he’s finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who’s been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan’s alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame?
Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?
You know, this one was kind of disappointing.
I’m a fan of the series, but this one didn’t live up to the high expectations set by its predecessor. Don’t get me wrong- it was a cute, easy, quick read. I never wanted to DNF it or anything like that, but there were some issues for me.
1. Insta-love. I just didn’t buy into it completely. The way Michael and Ryan’s relationship went from zero to Michael rescuing him, to Michael having never felt this way before about anyone was a bit much. I felt a little smothered by Michael.
2. I know this is a part of a series, but bringing back, so many of the past characters felt overwhelming. I had a hard time keeping track of all of them, and if I’m honest I never completely did. This is not a book I’d read without having read the other books.
3. The length of the book. This story just needed to be longer. It almost felt like the author was going to write this book in x number of pages, and she was going to make it fit no matter what. Between the insta-love, the past characters being thrown in, the obligatory conflict towards the end it all felt clustered together and rushed.
4. Editing. Which is something I’m pretty forgiving of, but because I had issues with the story it made some mistakes stick out like a sore thumb.
That being said- would I read the next one? Because I’m assuming B gets his own book? Probably. As I mentioned at the beginning- it wasn’t bad- I just expected more.
Would I recommend it? Yes, to fans of the series.
In the end, this one gets 3.5 Stars from me.