An Alisa Release Day Review:Table for One by Connie Bailey

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Rating:  2.5 stars out of 5

Exposing his body for work is no problem, but after his heart’s been broken, putting it out there again won’t be so easy.

Up-and-coming young executives Copeland Shore and William Donnelly have been friends and sometimes more for years. For Cope’s birthday, Will plans a very special dinner—at a nantaimori restaurant where the most enticing thing is the table. Dai—the naked man beneath their sushi—has both their mouths watering, but when it comes to Dai’s heart, there’s only room at the table for one, and Will gets there first.

Will’s everything Dai thinks he wants in a man… until he’s betrayed. The betrayal also ends the friendship between Will and Cope and leaves Dai shaken and unsure if he can put his trust in another man—not even when a second chance for love and happiness rises from the ashes of the broken relationship. Cope wants to tempt Dai to take a risk with him, but the pain of the past is hard for Dai to shake off… and Cope has obstacles of his own to overcome.

I’m not sure what I was expecting out of this story but I have to day what I read did not work for me.  First off Will is a self-important asshole from the very beginning and I don’t think that he has ever been anything else in his life.  Cope lets his first opportunity to woo Dai slip by and by the time he returns from his work trip he knows he has missed his chance when Dai is with Will.  Dai is looking for the one, which he says but then contradicts himself with his actions and words throughout the story.

I could not connect with any of these characters or understand most of their actions as they often did the opposite of what they said.  We saw almost everyone’s view point in the story which made it even harder to keep up as I would suddenly be reading another characters thoughts.  I had thought more of this story would have been Dai and Cope working through their issues but most of it seemed to be when Dai and Will were together and then the time until he is with Cope.  There wasn’t enough actual building of a relationship that I couldn’t feel it.  This story had all characters making assumptions about the others that weren’t true and then it caused problems later.

Cover art by Aaron Anderson is wonderful and eye catching.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:
ebook, 224 pages
Published: December 18, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-083-0
Edition Language: English

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