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It’s just a friend thing.
Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life is -strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.
Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .
But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?
I am so lost with how to rate and review this one. I liked it, at times I loved it but after finishing it and letting it rest a day or two, I am just a bit underwhelmed. And don’t get me started on that cover… okay, let’s get this review started.
Tierney, you are an asshole. You were in TSTL and you still are here but getting the chance to understand why you are the way you are helped, a bit. Your family is whak-a-doodle dude and the fact that you survived into your mid 30’s and are semi-sane says a lot about your strength of character.
Character, I think that is the one word I would use to describe this book. It was all about the characters AND their character. Yup, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Dalton, (my teenage son’s name just spelled without the “u” thank you very much for that) you have just as many issues as Tierney and sometimes I wanted to just smoosh the two of you together, shove you in a locked room and not let you out until you figured it all out. What was right there in front of you from the first meeting – it’s a damn good thing you have Sam and his vast knowledge of romance novels to lead you through the mess that is you and your friend with benefits.
Sam, oh my lover of nuts it was amazing to see you again and you my dear, stole the show. The whole meta of this romance story and the way Sam leads us through it through his reading and love of romance stories was fun, so much damn fun and so needed and nice of you to bring your sexy boyfriend along too.
The story was heavier in ways than I thought it would be. The first book in the series had me laughing page after page and here, they were sprinkled throughout and most felt more bittersweet than funny. Not that it’s a bad thing, I liked the sweet moments we get but what both Tierney and Dalton have to fight from their past was more intense than I was prepared for.
My heart broke for both men, they wanted so much but had so much baggage the airports were still calling them to say they found their luggage. It was a mess at times and I had no idea how or when they would get it together so they could be together, but I loved their journey. It was worth the heart aches and the moments I wanted to throw my Nook against the wall.
At the end of it all, I liked the book, not as much as the first but they were different subject matters. Tierney and Dalton fought their way to one another and the fight was worth it. Sam and Ian being in the book made it that much better as well as mentions of Nik and Jurgen. I love this whole world of characters and really am glad I got to meet these boys and watch them fall in love.