Title: Living on the Inside
Author: Londra Laine
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 29th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 120 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Micah Grayson lives in his baby mama’s guesthouse. It’s unconventional and awkward, but he’s happy for a chance to reconnect with his teenage son. He doesn’t have time for other distractions—no matter how sexy, independent, and compassionate that distraction might be. Besides, he’s not good enough for more than a fling—no one would ever take him home to meet their parents.
Adrien Darling has book smarts, but no street savvy—at least that’s what his family says. And after a heart-breaking betrayal by the man meant to love and protect him, Adrien believes them. But then a gorgeous guy with a defeated look in his eyes walks into Adrien’s coffee shop and makes him want to take a chance.
After years of living on the outside as two misfits looking in, both men are afraid to reach for more. But in each other’s arms, Micah and Adrien find out what it’s like to live on the inside. As their tender bond grows and blossoms, old insecurities bubble to the surface. Will their commitment crumble under the pressure? Or will the two find the strength to fight for each other.
***Please be aware that this book contains a flashback of and several references to domestic abuse that may be triggering to some readers.***
Micah Grayson is sort of lost on the outside of his life. He’s an ex-con living with his baby mama and his 13 year old son. When Adrian Darling gives him a chance with a job at his coffee shop, he finally feels like he’s in a place to become part of his son’s life.
Adrian has kept a secret about his dead fiance from everyone. He lives in his parents basement and owns his own coffee shop, yet he feels like he’s lacking in the sense department. And his family is constantly telling him about his failures, so he’s keeping his relationship with Micah a secret.
This started off really well. When the MC’s met, they formed a fast friendship and Adrian really helped Micah with advice on how to bridge the gap between him and his son, Caleb. I felt like they were very open and honest with each other, but that just abruptly changed every time Adrian was around his family.
Adrian’s family was very toxic. His brother hurled insults and his parents made him feel weak and doubt every decision that he made. And this was before they knew his secret. The way he reacted to their abuse bothered me. He let their words consume him until they ruined the happiness that he had found for himself with Micah. And then the minute they apologized, all was forgotten. Yeah, that burned me, honestly.
I didn’t love Adrian’s character after about halfway through the book. His family was mean and he took their verbal abuse and doubts and pushed it onto Micah, which was unnecessary. This just didn’t do it for me.