Blurb: Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.
Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.
When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.
Review: This is a sweet, beautifully written story. It isn’t high energy or intense, but warm and comfortable all the way through.
I love both Rex and Daniel, but think I like Rex best because even though he has his issues, he isn’t so broken he can’t function or work towards getting what he wants. That and he is so damn sweet and cute you can’t help but love him. His character hovers closely to the line of being too sweet, but stays perfectly on the right side so as not to fall over that line.
This is the first in a series and it looks as though we may get to see more of both of these guys in another book, but we aren’t totally left hanging and the end of this. I’m hoping the next one doesn’t take too long to come out because I really loved this one.