Title: Deeds & Confetti (Mary’s Boys #4)
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 118
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Steven Conley loves the excitement of owning his own Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Denver, Colorado, and his chosen family of coworkers makes life even better. Steven never regretted leaving the corporate grind behind until his father’s harsh deathbed words leaves him doubting himself.
Ryan Fuller abandoned a lucrative career to start his own party-planning business, but he keeps afloat by coordinating funerals for the local mortuary. When Ryan bumps into Steven—his best friend’s uncle and the man Ryan has secretly crushed on forever—the attraction explodes into a night of passionate abandon for both men.
Steven is blown away by the care and deep connection he feels for the hot young mortician—until Ryan admits who he really is. Reeling from the recent upheaval in his life, Steven must decide whether to give Ryan a chance. To find love, they must risk it all….
Hamburger Mary’s co-owner Steven Conley has been in the background throughout the Mary’s Boys series and in Deeds & Confetti we finally get his story. Steven left a successful corporate career to purchase a Hamburger Mary’s franchise, but his father’s cruel deathbed words make him wonder if he made the right decision. Ryan Fuller also turned his back on a successful career and now owns Confetti (an event planning business) and moonlights at a mortuary.
Steven and Ryan have combustible sexual sizzle (starting with a hot hook-up … outside the funeral home) but soon learn they know little about each other. Steven wonders if Ryan is in love with the idea of him rather than the reality (” … you’ve built me up to be something I wasn’t. That I’m not.“) Ryan knows Steven has preconceptions about him (“poor little rich kid”) based on his family’s wealth.
While I liked the premise, this book in the series was a near-miss for me. Steven and Ryan remained un-fleshedout and I needed more character development in order to ultimately care about these two men. Also, as this is the final book in the Mary’s Boy series, I would have loved to get an update on each of the couples from the first three books in the form of an epilogue or something. Finally, compared to the issues and problems the MCs in the other books overcame, Steven and Ryan’s story wasn’t as engaging or complex and it didn’t hold my interest.
My rating for Deeds & Confetti is 3.38 stars, rounded up to 3.5 stars. But, I would give the entire Mary’s Boys series 4+ stars. I loved the concept and the issues dealt with throughout the series. Your results may vary for this particular book, but I encourage you to read the entire series – you’ll enjoy it!