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After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…
Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that’s determined to trip them up at every turn.
I’m not sure how to start this. If I’m entirely honest I must say that I picked up this book having huge expectations, and somehow, it didn’t work.
I’ve read other books by Riley Hart, but I think this is the first one that is written in this “tell, not show” style.
You see, Bryce and Nick are both straight… So, yes, if you want to label this book, I guess this would fall into the Double GFY category.. Like, really GFY. Usually, what we know as GFY books starts off as this as a way to “explain” the sexual awakening that a person feels for someone of their same sex after having only been attracted to people of the opposite sex. Eventually, you get clued into the fact that they’d been mildly attracted to other people of their same sex before but that because it had been so loose, they’d managed to push the thing aside and ignore those feelings.
None of this happens here. The author is loyal to the GFY idea, which, really, it’s okay… Somewhere inside me I want to believe this is possible for some people, even though, to be honest, I find it a bit difficult to believe. This takes me to the point where I have to say that I think that if a single GFY is difficult to make it work, a double GFY is even more difficult.
I felt like this book became like story telling time: “he says because he feels because the other wants…” There was too much telling. Too much. And very little showing. I was told of this awesome chemistry and attraction, but I couldn’t see it. It was weird because the sex scenes were hot as hell! But I felt like I was reading about two people that were hooking up and that was it. I honestly struggled to find their connection. It was all there, lay for me to read. I felt like I was taken by the hand through the story instead of having the chance to experience the MCs through themselves. It felt forced.
Another thing that felt odd was the amount of times the couple had the safe sex talk. I counted three. And one of them included an exchange of test results. It was just weird. I’m all for safe sex, especially (particularly) when you are hooking up with someone you don’t know, as was this case… But three times?
There were also a few things that Bryce said during sex that made me feel uneasy… Things like “real men take it up the ass”… I have a couple of friends that would feel bad hearing this. I understood where he was coming from when he said this. He was frustrated because he was struggling to take his man. He was highly sexual, yes… But the wording…
There were things that I liked, though. I liked that both men went into it with not much fuss. They knew that it was gonna be difficult but they embraced that part of themselves they were discovering and went with it. I liked that both MC were close to their families. I liked that the author tried to break some stereotypes such as “boys don’t do dishes”, etc.
Sadly, this wasn’t quite enough for me.