Title: Open House (Open #2)
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, mystery/suspense, action, stalker, construction owner, writer
Page Count: 222 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sequel to Open Seating
The Open Series: Book Two
By the time Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland return to Chicago after their UK cruise, they’re halfway in love. They decide to move in together to see if their feelings can survive in the real world.
Seth receives word that a mandatory autopsy was performed on his late partner because his death was a suicide. The medical examiner’s findings are disturbing and leave some doubt as to the underlying cause of death.
Because of the suicide clause, life insurance benefits had been denied, but in light of these new findings, Seth’s lawyer advises him to appeal. The insurance investigator turns out to be the man who broke Bryce’s heart twenty-five years ago. The guy has fallen on hard times, and when he sees how successful Bryce has become—and how large Seth’s potential payout might be—he decides he wants a piece of the pie. Bryce and Seth’s new relationship is severely tested in this second novel in the Open Series.
My lord, how much can these two men insure before one or both of them break. Evidently a lot!!
I honestly do not know what Seth or Bryce would do with without the other. I think they both give each other strength that they may not normally have. Their relationship may be new but they work well enough together that one would think they have been together for years and not just weeks. Not to mention the chemistry and love between them is so real that you can feel it billowing off the pages as you read this book about them. They truly are a couple that would and should be rivaled by others because they work so flawlessly together that I believe after even more time together they will be in sync with each more so then a lot of long standing couples.
Seth in my opinion is finally coming into his own in this book. He is not some wilting flower but instead he is proving to be very strong, capable, and very smart in this book. He keeps taking hit after hit and instead of letting it get him down, he is standing up and fighting back not only for him but for Bryce also.
I think that Bryce is the more weak in this book then Seth is. I do not mean that in a bad way either. What I mean is he has done something with Seth he thought he would never do again and that is open up his heart to him and has fallen in love with Seth. To make matters worse, his first love that broke his heart and turned him against love in the first place is the one who is putting both Seth and Bryce at risk. Owen is the one that is stalking both of them and is the one that has endangered both their lives more then once and now Bryce may lose the love that he never expected to find.
What I truly loved about this book is that instead of Bryce and Seth letting Owen come between them like some people might, it has brought them closer and made them even stronger. This is definitely a book about love being extremely powerful and these two men are proof of that.
But the danger is not over and Bryce and Seth are going to have to brace themselves for the storms that are heading their way in the form of Owen. Those who hate cliffhangers will not like this book because it does end in a heck of a cliffhanger but as for me I can’t wait till the next one to come out.