One Step Back (Renee’s review)

Title: One Step Back
Author: Edie Danford
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 23rd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chance
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


When you fall for a guy who’s about to become your stepbrother-do you listen to your heart and risk everything? Or listen to your head…and take one step back?
In high school I had a hundred reasons to steer clear of my soon-to-be-stepbrother, Joe Beneventi. He was a hothead, and I was reserved. His life was football, mine was academics. He wanted to be out and proud, and I desperately needed to keep my orientation secret.
But when we fell in love, my heart took the wheel, and I took every risk to be with Joe. Then one horrible night our secrets shattered. Joe disappeared-wrecking our families and breaking my heart.
Eleven years later, I landed a challenging job at a premier PR firm. And the hotshot publicist who’s been assigned to my first big account? Yep. It’s Joe.
Fate truly hates me because now Joe and I have three days to hole up in a Chicago hotel room and nail down a deal that could make or break our careers. He keeps distracting me, but I’m too jaded to fall for sexy smiles, bedroom eyes, and his impossible-to-ignore body. Except…
I like being close to him again. A little too much. Working together 24/7 is showing me sides of Joe I’ve never seen before.
And when we touch, being together seems like the only step worth taking.

This is the Edie Danford I’m used to. The story-telling was reminiscent of Tru Smoke, so I was a happy girl!

I love a good second chance romance, and this one delivered. Our MCs were best friends and almost-stepbrothers until their parents split, back when they were teenagers.

The relationship development was done well, with some flashbacks but not too many.

The teenagers they once were acted like teenagers. Immature, rash, and with consequences. My favorite part was how the adult MCs acknowledged that. There was (eventual) open communication about what went wrong and how they’ve learned from their past mistakes.

Their current situation lends itself to possible mistakes that’ll cost them their second chance, but they BOTH made efforts toward keeping the spark alive. It was refreshing.

“I finally found the cure for being too damn loud in the sack.”
“You did?”
“Yeah. Go to bed with anyone but you.”

And the sex? Steamy…………..

This one is a winner. Recommended.

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Galley copy of One Step Back provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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