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Event planner Levi Goode is positioned to inherit the newly vacated throne, becoming the in-demand party planner for Wilde City’s elite. Years of hard work and perseverance are finally paying off as Levi lands his next big fish, working with socialite Julia Freeman-Kingsley. Distracted by work and dealing with his head strong mother, an ex-Vegas-showgirl suffering from debilitating health issues, Levi has his hands full. Time for love or even the occasional one-night stand, is one aspect of life Levi hasn’t been able to master.
Sparks of interest fly during a chance meeting with a paramedic called to the aid of his mother, and thanks to Ruby’s meddling, Levi finds himself on a movie-date with the handsome Paramedic Jake. Personal and professional worlds collide when Levi realizes his new love interest is actually Jake Freeman, estranged brother to his brand new client. Discovering the man of his dreams already has a boyfriend, leaves Levi stunned realizing any hopes he had for something more with Jake were never going to be anything more than wishful thinking.
Struggling to downshift his expectations and remain friends with Jake while continuing to work closely with Julia quickly consumes all of his time and attention. Wondering if there will ever be a special someone to love him, is where Levi’s love story begins.
I have to admit, this book surprised me.
The first half of the book was slow going and I thought it would never end.
The second half of the book broke my heart and I never wanted it to end.
Levi is an event planner on the cusp of a major breakthrough in his career. His moderate success is about to take off, securing himself as THE event planner for Wilde City. Despite this, Levi’s life is lonely and his care of his ailing, quirky mother is constantly on his mind. He has few friends and fewer lovers. There is so much to love about Levi and I think that’s why it’s so hard reading him struggle with his personal life.
The beginnings of the book set up Levi’s business and his meet-cute with Jake, the paramedic. As I mentioned, there was a lot to get through, details that felt tedious and very little movement in the relationship. I wasn’t hopeful that this book would work for me.
But then it really started to pick up. The attraction between Levi and Jake was palpable…in the soulmates kind of way. I loved that. Which in turn broke my heart to find Jake in a solid, longterm relationship. Reading Levi & Jake’s attempt at friendship while trying to squash their feelings for one another was HARD. It hurt every time Levi had to walk away in emotional pain from Jake. There were a lot of tears for me.
Now, this being Ethan Day, the book is fun and zany and made me laugh as well. But, it was a heavier side to Day’s writing that I hadn’t encountered before. I was swimming in emotions that I wasn’t prepared to feel.
Now this being Ethan Day, you can also pretty much guess that all will be well in the end. But it wasn’t an easy road getting there. And I kinda liked having to go through the ups and downs with these characters to see them get to their HEA.
I really, really enjoyed this one and can still feel the lingering tugs of my heartstrings days after finishing.