Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A Right and Wrong Story
Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publically. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
Review: It almost pains me to say I didn’t love this one. I’m a HUGE fan of this author and read everything she writes. This one just I just couldn’t get into. I didn’t love the characters. The romantic feelings felt very one sided for a large portion of the book. That may be because the book is told through Nate’s POV but this author usually makes me feel the love and attraction from the other MC. I know Alex was having a good time and making their time together a game but he didn’t seem all that deep or willing to fall in love with Nate. Who obviously adored Alex. I don’t even think this worked for me on a pining away for a guy type of romance. Once Nate sees that thing in Alex he’s hooked. Alex was up for lots of sex and hanging out. Alex treated it all casual while inserting Nate into HIS life. The soccer coaching. Dinner with his family. His friends. His gym. I just couldn’t help but feel like the romance felt one sided. It probably didn’t help that I never really saw Alex as being as wonderful as Nate did.
We don’t really get to know much about Nate beyond he’s becoming obsessed with Alex and something really bad happened the year before. Nate is a workaholic who has become somewhat of a loner. He’s best friends with Jake from a previous book which is how he gets the apartment in Alex’s building. Nobody knows Nate is bisexual. He’s suppressed it since a relationship with a man went badly in college. So him being attracted to Alex so strongly is a pretty big deal. Alex thinks Nate is a straight guy for a while. However he seems to catch onto to something because they keep getting together and things move from friendly to flirty. Alex is warned off hooking up with Nate by a friend of theirs and that’s the reason Alex gives for keeping things on a friend level. Except that they have a really strong attraction to each other. This part also bugged me. A friend saying don’t hook up with that guy because he’s straight isn’t really a reason to not when Nate was SO obviously into Alex.
The ending was pretty frustrating as well. I didn’t like the big blow up and the silent/torture treatment that followed. Yeah I get that he needed time but it seems cruel to give him nothing. Not a return text or anything. That got fixed pretty quickly but I thought the wrong guy did the groveling. Like I said I usually love her books which is why I’m a little disappointed with this one. Maybe I’m being unfair in that aspect. I’ll still read whatever she writes next because this is the first miss I’ve encountered from this author.