Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Brendan and Dakota have been best friends ever since Brendan arrived at his new foster home and met Dakota, another foster who happens to be related to the foster family, and two brothers whose mom and dad are the fosters. Dakota and Brendan each have a wealth of baggage—figuratively, not literally—and ever since one night when a drunken teenage Dakota kissed Brendan, Brendan has been dreaming of more. Unfortunately, Dakota doesn’t remember that night, and he’s such a player, it’s unlikely he’d ever want to settle down with a boring geek like Brendan who lives his life one bullet point on his checklist at a time.
The two are like oil and vinegar—at least on the surface. Below the surface, even their friends can see the sexual attraction simmering. But that’s something Brendan will never act on because he promised his foster mother long ago that he would never engage in an inappropriate relationship with Dakota, and years later, he still feels the pull of that promise. But after Dakota moves in with Brendan and they begin work on the largest convention Brendan has ever pulled off, things change. Dakota begins to wonder what it would be like to settle down with the prickly, brilliant planner. Much of the book is a push-pull between the two—their sniping and arguments give them energy and increase their attraction. It’s so much fun to go along for the ride, especially when Dakota decides to try his hand at romancing Brendan and Brendan remains clueless.
The best part of this story is getting to know these two complex characters and watching their evolution from sniping siblings to two men who are finally fully committed to each other. It takes a while and there are a few segments in the story where I wanted them to hurry up, but in the long run, the slow build pays off. There are also quite a few visits with characters from the past two books and we get to be at Morris and Theo’s wedding and the nuptials for Felipe and Trask. Wedding lovers will be super happy with this story. And the proposal from Dakota to Brendan ranks among the best I’ve ever heard. The pressure is on. The con is coming together, or falling apart, depending on who you speak to, and Dakota is ready to finally settle down. Just how he manages to get Brendan to the altar is so worth the wait.
I totally love this series. All the characters—from MCs to secondary to the kittens Brendan and Dakota adopt—are wonderful, three-dimensional, engaging, and memorable. I highly recommend all three books.
The cover by Kanaxa features a handsome man in jeans and plaid shirt, dark-brown hair, light scruff— representing Dakota. Set against a bright-colored hot pink and yellow comic book style background, it fits beautifully with the rest of the series and the colors are definitely a plus to draw the eye.
ebook, 300 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English
Series Geek Life #3