Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Humiliated by his first love, Jake Remora has no intention of ever making himself vulnerable to that kind of pain again. Life is good, until Kane Sharp moves home and stirs up old memories Jake would rather forget.
Love is a fool’s game Jake Remora has no intention of ever playing again. He works hard, plays even harder, and leaves a string of easy lovers in his wake. Having his first love move home and resurrect long-dormant emotions is the last thing he ever expected … or wanted.
Just as things reignite between them, a new scandal of sexual impropriety arises. Past and present collide in a clash of rumor and speculation, jeopardizing any hope of a future the two men might build together.
This was an interesting story, I enjoyed it but it didn’t quite work that well for me. Jake is humiliated and made a pariah when his first boyfriend’s family quickly leaves town while they are in high school. At the same time Kane’s life is made into its own hell by his parents and the quickly added responsibility of his son.
This story is told from Jake’s point of view and he has done everything he can to not get romantically entangled with anyone since Kane left town and is bound and determined to avoid his ex too, however he doesn’t do a very good job of it. I understood his anger and feelings towards Kane but never thought to think about what may have happened to Kane all those years ago. I had some trouble with Kane’s actions after his family moved, I can’t stand when guys try to act straight and then sleep with as many girls as possible.
I will say I loved that he took responsibility for his son and raised him but a lot of that seemed to go back to his parents and he never seemed to move on from what their viewpoints were. Jake just seemed too self-absorbed for me while Kane just didn’t seem to have much of a backbone. In the end I didn’t feel as if they really worked towards a resolution together.
The cover art by Amanda Young is a nice and follows the pattern for the series.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 104 pages
Published: 2nd Edition, August 9, 2017 by Amanda Young
Edition Language: English
Series: Candy Men #2