Title: Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations #2)
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 19th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 220 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.
Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.
Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.
I’m so happy this has turned into a series!
I loved so much about this story. The characters, the dialogue, the way it flowed…it made me very happy while reading it.
While I wish Michael would have had a better reason for finally getting to know Gil and letting down his shields, Copland explains his reticence, then his caution, and finally his surrender really well. It’s all very compelling to read.
He didn’t understand why Gil riled him more than any man he’d ever met. David’s theory involved sexual tension.
Michael was sure David was out of his damned mind.
I loved how big, tough, Gil was represented. Even though the story is a single POV through Michael’s eyes, Gil was well-represented. And, oh how the scene with The Velveteen Rabbit got me to tear up.
Seriously, Diana Copland? Bravo for that scene.
The side plot with the vandal, who is rapidly escalating, was nail-bitingly good. I was on pins and needles to see the outcome. It’s also interesting to see how this will all play out in the future stories.
Speaking of future stories, I’m hoping that Manny sees how much Vern truly loves him and they become the next couple featured.
I did have two niggles – one was the scene with Gil’s sister and father. With no outcome presented I was left wondering why it had been included in the first place. Was it just so the audience got another woman to hate?
The other was a small editing issue that actually drove me nuts: Dr. Aadi Pillai is introduced as a neurosurgeon, then later referred to as a neurologist. These are actually two different specialties and doctors are not both – Neurosurgeons specialize in performing surgical treatments and Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord, nerves, muscles and pain. I really hope this mistake is corrected before the final proof is published.
Otherwise, everything from the pacing to the plot was thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the ending and really, really hope Diana Copland will continue the series.
I hope Michael Pauley returns to do the narration for Michael, Reinvented. I absolutely loved the David, Renewed audiobook and have listened to it multiple times.
Diana Copland is quickly becoming a one-click author for me.