Owning It (Lili’s Review)

Title: Owning It (Metropolis #3)
Author: Riley Hart & Devon McCormack
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 227 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Just out of an eighteen-year marriage, the last thing Jackson expects the first time he visits a gay bar is for a sexy, drunk, twenty-six-year-old twink to mistakenly climb into his Jeep. The twink part he’s good with, the drunk part…not so much. As far as Jackson’s concerned, the boy should come with a warning label. But Derek is not as flighty as Jackson thought…he’s actually pretty incredible. Getting to know the wild, funny man is a breath of fresh air. And when Derek calls him Daddy? Christ, he never thought something like that would feel so right.

Derek has serious daddy issues, and his name is Jackson. He’s stubborn and controlling…and ever since Derek woke up in the silver fox’s condo, he can’t get Jackson out of his mind. Maybe because no matter how many times he throws himself at him, Jackson doesn’t take the bait. And maybe because Jackson is the one person who sees him for who he really is. But Derek loves a challenge, and he’s eager to rock Jackson’s world.

Jackson isn’t interested in a meaningless hookup. He wants the real Derek, not just the sassy jokester everyone else sees. But it’s not easy for Derek to open up. He feels much safer guarding his heart. And Jackson needs to figure out the balance between living for himself and the mountain of responsibilities weighing him down. Derek and Jackson must find the common ground between hookup and commitment–if they can’t own their issues and work together to overcome their faults, they could smother the flame between them that’s just beginning to ignite.

The Metropolis series has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me. Although Working It (book 2) wasn’t my favorite, I knew that I would read Derek’s book because I’ve loved his character since book one and his story didn’t disappoint.

Owning It is:

-Full of heart
-Fantastic relationship development (the biggest highlight of the book for me). How it started and how his and Jackson’s friendship blossomed into deeper feelings.
-Fleshed out characters
-It has a smooth pace
-Alternating POVs
-And the end was a sweet HEA.

Can you read it out of order… I think so, kind of. I mean technically you can but to fully comprehend all of Derek’s layers it’s best to read at least Faking It (book 1). Also, towards the end, a storyline from a previous book will come back, but the authors did an excellent job giving readers a quick rundown.

Easily my favorite of the series and one I highly recommend. 5 Stars.

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant