When professional turns personal, it’s too late to step back. . .
Smart, young and ambitious, the future’s bright for Jake Stafford—except for his addiction to a man he should have turned his back on years before. When he receives news that forces him to re-evaluate his life, Jake has to kick his habit and go cold turkey for good.
When Oliver Lester walks out on his life in New York and returns to London after an absence of more than twenty years, the biggest piece of baggage he brings back is a broken heart. Powerful and sought after, Oliver is a man whose corporate reputation goes before him but as he stares into his future he sees nothing but work-filled days and empty, lonely nights.
Free of long-term relationships which have left them disillusioned and cynical, neither man is looking to risk his heart. But an invitation to dinner leads to more, and Jake and Oliver find themselves swept up in an affair neither is seeking. Crossing the line and breaking all the rules, both men come to learn what it is to feel whole and complete as they begin to fall in love.
But the past has one final trick up its sleeve. An uninvited guest, a violent confrontation and the fear history is repeating itself leaves them reeling.
As the future they promised each other hangs in the balance, Jake and Oliver are faced with a stark question: can they find the strength to destroy the past before the past destroys them?
I did not finish this one, therefore I didn’t rate it.
The story just wasn’t for me. Right from the start I had a hard time getting into it, the characters felt flat and over a third into the story I still had no idea what exactly Jake’s job was. He works in an office and is apparently some rising star, but it’s never mentioned what exactly he does. The story never really captivated me and it looked like this would be an “okay” read when suddenly
“Oliver Lester wasn’t one of those gays, the partying, promiscous ones. He was respectable.”
“Restraint and caution were to be flung aside as he finally got to live the life of hedonism that was every gay man’s birth-right.”
I just can’t with internalized homophobia and gay-stereotyping, especially when it feels like it doesn’t do anything for the plot itself, to show character growth or whatever.
The series has very good average ratings though, and I’m sure there are readers out there who’ll like this one. But it’s clearly not for me and instead of forcing myself to finish it, just so I could rate it, I decided to cut my losses.
*an ARC of this was provided by Signal Boost Promotions
About the Author:
A E Ryecart writes mm romance/gay fiction about complex, multi-faceted men who don’t always make the right decisions. Filled with angst, high drama and emotional tension, she writes the books she likes to read. An avid people watcher, most of her writing takes place in a local café amidst the background hum of hissing coffee machines, where she can check out the other customers for character and story inspiration!
A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action.