An Alisa Review: Starting Over (The Knights Club #1) by C.J. Baty


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Xavier Knight was starting his life over. A new city. A new club. The past was gone, and he had everything to look forward to… except… love. That ship had sailed, never to return. He was too old to play the games or stack up the one night stands. Until, an old enemy’s son walked into his club and his heart.

Sebastian Brady was through. Through with hiding who he was. Through letting his brother officers dictate his life. And completely through, with his family telling him who he was. He turned his back on his badge and his family’s heritage in the Atlanta police force. But, he never imagined that he’d be serving drinks in a gay bar and working for the hottest silver fox he had ever seen in his life.

Xavier and Seb have a lot to learn from each other. Hopefully, their growing love will survive Xavier’s past, Seb’s family, and a host of characters with secrets of their own, who all work at the Knights Club.

I enjoyed this story but at the same time it felt a bit blah to me.  Seb has spent his whole life trying to be what his brothers and father thought he should be and he finally breaks free of their expectations to find the happiness he longs for.  Xavier had his happy ending ripped away from him and tries hard to resist his pull to Seb but constant interaction and their quick and easy friendship make it hard for him to wait too long.

Seb and Xavier both are at the club to start over, though for very different reasons.  Seb’s family’s bigoted view almost throw his chance out the window but he is able to make Xavier see reason.  I can’t imagine how lonely Seb’s life had been with only really his sister around anymore and all the tensions at work, it’s not hard to see why he broke away from that life.  Xavier gets a sort of fresh start with taking over the club and finds much more with it.

I was really surprised at how easily Xavier accepted Seb’s offer at the end of the book after what happened to him before.  I felt these two fell together a little too quick and permanently with how many obstacles were still standing in the way and they often brushed little things aside that felt like they should have been more important to the outcome.

The cover art by Select-O-Grafix is okay but gives visuals of the characters.

Sales Link: Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 82 pages

Published: September 18, 2018

Edition Language: English

Series: The Knights Club #1

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