Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.
Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.
Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.
This was an enjoyable second installment in the Delta Restorations series. This picks up a few months down the road from the end of book one. The guys have put their company together and have worked a few smaller jobs. At the start of this, they land a big job of a grand old house. It’s the kind of job that could really make them a successful company.
If you read book one, you will remember Michael was David’s close friend and assistant at work. Michael has continued to be a part of the company and this new job puts him in constant contact with Gil. Michael says Gil annoys him but he’s secretly attracted to the man. They snark and banter back and forth with each other but everyone can tell there is more between the two men. A series of series incidents cause Michael to need to rely on Gil for some help and they become friends of a sort. As the story goes on though, Michael realizes he may lose Gil forever and he needs to make some serious decisions.
The mystery part of the book was a big piece of the story. It actually over rode the romance which I didn’t necessarily mind. It was fast paced and entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot. The work on the house as well as the mystery gave us an interesting plot and it gave a us a good chance to see all of the other characters for much of the book.
The romance part was not as good for me. I liked the two men together but it felt very insta-love. They’d apparently gotten to know each other during the time from when the last book ends to when this one starts. They problem for me was we don’t see any of that. They’re snarking at each other and then they’re pledging their undying love. I didn’t really understand how we got from one point to the next.
Overall though, I did like this. I liked the mystery aspect and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. This book could technically be read as a standalone but I think it’s best if you read book one first. They background of the characters as well as the mystery part were set up in book one. I think a reader would like this book more if they had all that background.
The cover was done by Anne Cain. I liked the cover and I think it is a really good representation to the plot of the book and how they book physically describes the MC’s. I also like the colors. They really catch your eye and draw you to it.
ebook, 220 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleMichael, Reinvented
ISBN 1635336414 (ISBN13: 9781635336412)
SeriesDelta Restorations #2