Title: So Into You (The PI Guys #2)
Author: S.E. Harmon Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 08-23-16
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hours and 1 min
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
Screenwriter Noah Ashley has a few four-letter words for his agent when she suggests he improve his script by shadowing a PI. Still, because he’s an artist dedicated to his craft and she knows where the bodies are buried, he agrees. Then he spends a little time with the gorgeous PI, and suddenly it seems like a really good plan. The PI doesn’t seem to entirely love the idea, but Noah has never been afraid to go after what he wants.
PI Drew Rodriguez is used to people depending on him. He’s the classic rock for his family. Responsible. Dependable. The classic rock would never succumb to the borderline sleazy temptation of friends with benefits, no matter how sexy that temptation is. Drew is looking for something enduring.
Despite Drew’s misgivings, it’s not long before they’ve got all the requisites for friends with benefits going. Friendly, good conversation? Check. Fun times in and out of bed? Check. Hot, electrolyte-sapping sex? Double check. Falling in love? Yeah. About that….
What I enjoyed about #1 (Stay With Me) I also enjoyed this time around. I loved the writing and the humour embedded within it, and the superb narration by Michael Stellman. His voice suited the PI storylines and characters.
There’s conflict throughout this story for both Drew and Noah— between themselves and with others. It’s a gradual enemies to friends to lovers type of story that involves hot and steamy scenes, and lots of them, once they get going. There are some beautiful moments as well as the sizzling chemistry between these two guys.
I especially liked Drew. He comes across as having the same sense of humour as Mac. The wit and sarcasm in Drew’s snarky comments about his own situation and that of others had me chuckling throughout. He’s a solid and dependable guy, preferring commitment to one night stands. But from the start of the story his life is in turmoil. His father and brother crash at his place and he later enters an unfamiliar (for him) type of relationship with Noah. They have opposite attitudes to casual sex, but both guys make compromises. They know they have a limited time together, so they just make the most of it while they can.
I liked the connection between Drew and Noah and also with the other characters. The dialogue comes across as natural and real and was superbly narrated throughout by Michael.
Seeing that Mac and Jordan from #1 are still attached at the hip and very much in love was a big plus. It was great that they knew what Drew and Noah were feeling for each other and commented as such.
Several reviewers on Goodreads have commented that this story should have been edited to make it shorter. For me, this story is like a walk in the countryside where you take in the scenery and just enjoy what’s going on around you. Yes, some of the scenes could have been cut or reduced to make a slimline version, but so much would have been lost from the story and characters. Like in #1 there’s a lot of side plots going on involving secondary characters, but this helps to show what Drew and Noah are really like as people and what made them the way they are. My heart went out to Drew because of the way he lets his father and brother treat him and his house.
As with many stories, I had a few moments where I was scratching my head because I was bewildered:
- I wondered why Mac wasn’t teamed with Noah at the start as he never seems to do much work for the agency and should therefore have been free.
- How come Noah is so wealthy after writing just a few screenplays?
- The snooping scene on the boat ended rather abruptly. I felt like there was a chapter or scene missing to say what happened next.
- I was puzzled when Sean turns up in Florida unexpectedly and has a key to Noah’s temporary place and then disappears again.
- Noah had been in a relationship with Marshall, but was reluctant to commit to Drew because he didn’t do relationships. Was it just the distance that made him hold back at first?
But these are relatively minor points and didn’t really detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
So, if you want a short and quick-paced story, then this one isn’t for you. But if you’re willing to sit back and relax and let these characters perform for you, then you will probably enjoy the interaction between Drew and Noah as they fall in love.
I’ve listened to several of Michael’s stories now and he’s fast becoming one of my favourites. His voice is interesting and husky and makes the story easy to follow. He kept me interested in the scenes and portrayed the characters and their emotions well.