Author: Erin E. Keller
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: January 5th, 2019
Page Count: 123
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Detective Thomas Doyle has been living a lonely, compartmentalized life ever since the death of his life partner, Aiden. He vowed never to let anybody get close to him again — the pain of losing a loved one is too much to bear. Despite his vow, Thomas is lonely, and has a number of one-night stands, sexual encounters with unnamed men he doesn’t care to remember.
Elias Byrne knows the pain of abuse and rejection intimately. Unable to escape the clutches of his older brother, Elias dreams of someone to love, and of being loved in return. He admires Thomas from afar, but the detective never pays him any notice. In a desperate attempt to get closer to him, Elias steals his wallet, then gives it back the next day.
Before he knows it, a strong attraction develops between them. Elias intrigues Thomas, but he resists his growing feelings because he doesn’t want to get hurt again. When Thomas rescues Elias from his abusive brother, will he also rescue them both from the loneliness that threatens to consume them? Can Elias conquer the detective’s hardened heart and find the love he always longed for? Or will Thomas stubbornly refuse to give himself another chance?
This book had a lot of potential in the realm of hurt/comfort and the ever gratifying age gap genres, but it didn’t pull me in like I’d hoped.
At 23, Elias Byrne has lived a life that isn’t his own. After being raised by his brother, Liam, since the age of 10, he’s turned into Liam’s property to sell as he pleases. But Elias wants a life of his own. After seeing detective Thomas Doyle at the bar frequently picking up men, he guilelessly stalks him.
Elias was so desperate for someone to feel any kind of emotion towards him. It was heartbreaking. I loved the way that Thomas immediately caught on to his plight and wanted to take care of him. I loved that he tried so hard to get him to understand.
The downside for me was that I didn’t feel the relationship. There were times when I felt like they were so back and forth, then the L word came out and I wasn’t anywhere near ready for that.
I also felt like I was missing some pages. I kept turning back to see if I had somehow skipped ahead, but I hadn’t and there were things being alluded to and discussed that never happened. I’m not quite sure what to think there.
After finishing the book, I was happy at the end as it wrapped up nicely, but there just wasn’t enough emotion to make me feel this as much as I had hoped.
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