Author: Sierra Riley
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 18, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 304
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
“I like it when you tell me what to do.”
“Do you know how many artists would kill for reviews like yours?”
Jared Logan became a model child to cope with his father’s perfectionism. His one escape from always doing what he should was painting, where he could be free. Now, at thirty-one, he still keeps his art strictly compartmentalized from “real life”: partnership track at an investment firm, a sterile showcase of a home, and a series of relationships with women he keeps at arm’s length. The studio is his escape, but art isn’t a career. And love? Just not possible for a man like him—one who doesn’t let anyone in to the one place where he feels free.
“You have more in you than you’ve ever let anyone see.”
Between a full class load and his part-time job as a waiter, college student Tristan Evans doesn’t have time for sleep, much less dating. Not that lack of time is his only obstacle; he may have finally gotten tired of being the dorky fat kid and managed to get himself in shape, but changing how he looked on the outside didn’t change who he is on the inside. And who he is—a mess of insecurities and hope and incurable awkwardness—just doesn’t seem to be what anyone is looking for.
“Nothing you like is wrong… not here, not between us.”
Tristan is too young, too needy, and very, very male—not at all someone Jared should be attracted to—but when Jared hires him as a ‘life model’ for a series of nudes he’s painting, Jared starts to realize that he doesn’t want to live life always doing what he should anymore… and that giving Tristan what he needs might just set them both free.
The last one in the series.. I feel so sad that there aren’t more books!!
I really liked this last one. I think this book and Falling are my favorites of the series. I loved this world. Such fluffy goodness.
Jared is Robin’s older brother. His straight brother. That is until he sees the cutest waiter ever in a restaurant one night. Jared tells himself his interest in the man is only because he wants to paint him, not because he is attracted to him..
When Tristan gets asked by a super hot man to model for him, he thinks the man is kidding. He can’t possibly want to paint Tristan. Tristan isn’t pretty, Tristan has always been the fat kid no one wanted. And despite the fact that Tristan is no longer overweight, he still thinks of himself as unattractive. But since Tristant really needs the money, he agrees. He hesitates when he finds out Jared wants to paint him naked, but Jared has a way to make him feel comfortable, so Tristan agrees.
Jared and Tristan grow pretty close in the following weeks with Tristan modeling for Jared several times a week. Jared treats Tristan like a close friend, or even like a lover sometimes. And Tristan could have sworn he saw desire in Jared’s eyes several times. But since the man is straight Tristan doesn’t believe anything will ever come of his crush…
I loved how the men in this series have no big gay drama meltdown. I don’t care how (un)realistic that is, I really like my men like this. Jared feels connected to Tristan from the start and he acknowledges to himself pretty early on that his feeling for Tristan are definitely not platonic.
There is no relationship angst here. These guys start out as friends, talk things through when feelings surface, have hot smoking sex, and eventually fall in love. And have some more hot smoking sex.
I recommend this series for everyone who loves super fluffy romances.