Author: Mel Bossa
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Rating: 2 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: It only takes a touch to shatter the line between hate and love.
Andy genuinely tried to be happy when his best friend, Dimitry, decided to marry his on-again-off-again Bulgarian boyfriend, Alexei—a beautiful problem case who’s obviously using Dimitry to get a green card. When Dimitry admits only days later that it’s over between him and the little gypsy jerk, Andy can barely contain his pleasure.
Then Andy’s boss announces he’s hired a new waiter. A real firecracker. When Alexei walks through the club’s door, Andy is completely unprepared to work with the man he blames for Dimitry’s broken heart.
In spite of himself, Andy becomes captivated by Alexei the musician, the singer—the man who still carries a light inside him despite his dark past. But Alexei’s time is quickly running out, and his health is fading fast. Though the love growing between them gets brighter every day, Alexei will soon have no choice but to return home to Bulgaria.
Unless Andy can convince him that home is waiting for him—right here in his arms.
Review: I’m going to try and keep this short because the longer it is the harsher I’m going to sound. This book was a DRAMAfest. The MC is impossible to nail down because he’s all over the place at any given moment in this book. He’s weak. He’s strong. He’s selfish. He’s puts Alexei first. He’s complacent. He’s independent! He loves this guy. No that guy. But wait now he really loves Alexei. I seriously never warmed to him at all which is a problem because I think most of the book relies on me caring about him. For me, what was I’d assume supposed to be personal growth and finding yourself, was just a big conflicting mess of emotions repeated throughout the story. Every relationship Andy is a part of is screwed up.
For me it felt like this author was trying to explore some deep issues within and between the characters but it just came off as drama. Every character brings something heavy and complicated to the story. Then they talk and hug it out like adults who had a fit 5 minutes before and will have another one later. I honestly thought WTF multiple times in this book with regards to how the characters were all over the place. Poor Alexei. He seemed like the only character in this book that didn’t have split personalities. His story could have been good if it was told from his POV. Also the way the guys treated him made me like them less. I never bought into how Andy suddenly has this deep need to keep him safe or that he loved him as strongly as was portrayed. Nope. This book wasn’t for me. Too much drama. Poor character development. I didn’t even care about the love story. 😦