Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.
Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.
Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.
Review: Tate has had a rough life. The son of an alcoholic mother with not so nice men in and out of their home has left it’s mark on him. He understandably doesn’t trust easily. He’s angry. It doesn’t help that since a young age he’s been labeled an idiot. Tate knows he’s never going to excel at anything but he only has himself to depend on. He’s always hungry because he has no money. Always worried about going home before his mom passes out. His temper gets him fired frequently. So life for Tate isn’t pleasant.
One night he stops an attack and meets a gorgeous EMT named Jamie. Jamie is the cousin of one of the MCs from book one. He’s out to his huge family but he’s hurt they don’t expect the same thing of him like they do the “straight” family members. Things like marriage and kids. Jamie had a guy he cared for once and that ended tragically. He’s got a type and that type is Tate. It’s not he red hair. It’s the surly nature that gets him going. Once Tate leaves the seen of the crime Jamie has no way to track him down. Eventually he does and the guys start seeing each other. Tate and his self esteem issues make him think he could never have a forever with a guy like Jamie. Jamie is determined to prove him wrong.
This was a pretty cute story. Jamie is adorable. He makes some mistakes but ultimately does everything he can to make sure Tate knows how amazing he thinks he is. That he wants to finally be the one there for Tate no matter what life throws at them. Tate of course struggles with the concept of this but Jamie persists. I liked the characters. Even Tate and his negative nature grew on me. He has very little reason to hope for anything good in life until he meets Jamie. Tate doesn’t even realize he’s a good guy. It’s pretty sad but we get our HEA. I don’t think you need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. It can be read as a stand alone. There are cameos of characters in other books but if you like them you can always go back and read their book. If you’re in the mood for a cute read with interesting characters this would be a good one to pick up. I enjoyed it.