Title: Shifting Views (The Carlisles #4)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 10th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.
Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.
Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.
Denver Carlisle is the last remaining single Carlisle sibling. He wants what the others have: someone to love. Unfortunately, he’s on a bit of a dry run with the men lately. Until he meets Ethan Monahan. Unfortunately, both men are horribly awkward and completely unused to anything resembling a relationship. Both have pasts to divulge and overcome.
There’s a nice dual POV here, and both characters are, at times, adorkably awkward, though sometimes it’s just awkward.
If you are a fan of slow burn romance, Shifting Views definitely qualifies, with this being strangers to friends to lovers. And once Ethan and Denver become lovers the sex is this is super hot. Denver loves to give up control, which is perfect because Ethan is a control freak and he knows just how to pleasure Denver.
I found the writing a little staccato at first, almost as awkward as the characters, but transitions more smoothly further on. The story read differently than the others in the series, less fluid, but still enjoyable.
All in all, I liked it and warmed to Denver and Ethan as they navigate their growing feelings. I especially loved getting to spend more time with the characters from the other Carlisles stories.
I’ve really enjoyed the series, and I’m going to miss spending time with the Carlisles. <3