Title: Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations #2)
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 19th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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
You know how sometimes readers complain that a story is all telling, no showing? Here, it was the exact opposite. Important things kept happening, but the narrative lacked sufficient explanation.
Michael decides to have sex with Gil for the first time after shutting him down for a long time. But how did he get there? Michael declares that he loves Gil, but how did he get there? Gil reciprocates Michael’s feelings. But how did they get there? The big incident that resulted in Michael and Gil getting together was the deus ex machina of the whole thing, at least for me.
Big chunks of the story were about the mystery subplot, the business, or the new house they guys were hired to renovate. The couple didn’t spend a lot of page time together, at least not meaningful time, and I found no relationship development whatsoever. Not having Gil’s POV didn’t help at all.
Another thing that bugged me, which is more like a personal preference, is Michael’s behaviour. I loath characters that are OTT bitchy and hostile towards another with the excuse that it’s their defense mechanism. It’s like bad MF. Give me grumpy, asshole MCs any day. But don’t give me catty damsels in distress, that act obnoxiously toward the other person, all while giving mixed signals.
Obviously, I had a lot of problems with the story but I’m settling with 3 stars because I still find the series interesting, and although Michael, Reinvented lacked the oomph of David, Renewed, it still held my attention and the writing is pretty good.
David and Jackson really shone in this book, and made me love them even more. There isn’t a lot of steam, but the first sex scene is super hot. The mystery is not resolved yet, but I’m very curious to see how it will play out. And the supportive characters are still pretty great.
Recommended for the fans of the series.