Rated 4.5 stars out of 5
Jeffrey Bornic has this vision of his idea partner. He will be gorgeous, successful, fit, intelligent, socially adept, etc etc etc. He was dumped by his musician boyfriend, Roger, months ago and he’s still working on the new partner thing. Maybe because
“Got up in a bad mood.
It had been a stretch of bad moods lately. Seriously. Since like October.
I suppose that means since Roger. Old boyfriend. Make of that what you will.”
The thing is, Jeffrey is kind of an arrogant jerk. He’s a lawyer and he puts a lot of time into that. He has one really good friend, Rebecca, who works at the same law firm, and that’s sort of it. He works all the time and he can be so rude.
When his apartment is under construction, this elaborate remodel, he turns to Rebecca for a spot on his couch. Problem is, Rebecca’s firebrand little brother, Theo, has already staked a claim on that spot on the couch. The first time the two meet is a comedy of errors and Jeffrey comes off looking like an idiot. Theo is a songwriter and is short, red-haired, snarky and homeless right now. He will not, however, be jobless. “As long as you’re sleeping on my couch, you’ll have a job. Or it’s back to the farm. This is not the Rebecca McPherson Unemployed Songwriters Retreat.” Where does Rebecca find him a job? At their law firm of course! Jeffrey is facing not only the man who makes him crazy but finds out that Roger’s best friend, Tommy, is now working for the firm as well.
The two of them end up having to share the couch for a while and they spend all their time insulting each other, something starts to change. At least for Jeffrey it does. Theo has a maybe-boyfriend named Madison who treats him pretty negligently but he’s got harassing Jeffrey to brighten his days. I admit, there were a couple times, such as blindsiding Jeffrey at the party with Roger, showing up where Jeffrey was having dinner with parents or the aftermath of Hamilton, where I thought, Theo is too much. He’s out to hurt people. Maybe it was because Jeffrey seems to be really in love for the first time (Roger W. Prescott Memorial Project notwithstanding) that he appears the more vulnerable one here. He’s the one doing the sweet things (the shoelaces, omg) and trying hard. Of course, his past actions of being a douche come back to bite both of them and that was painful.
Thank heaven for Tommy, who befriends Theo at work and is the voice of reason when Theo needs it. We really, really need Tommy’s book.
The story is told in alternating first person point of view and we also get Tommy’s thoughts. I loved being able to connect with everyone like that. Getting to see Jeffrey grow as a person, become stronger, was a glorious thing. There were times I wanted to hug him, such as when he shows Theo his under-construction apartment, and times I wanted to hug Theo and times I wanted to shake them both. They both do some growing up here and it was wonderful.
I have to admit I read this before the first in this series and I am so glad I did. The Jeffrey Bornic of this book is snarky, obnoxious and arrogant but he isn’t vile as I thought he was in the first book, Where Do I Start? Had I read the series in order I wouldn’t have bothered with Jeffrey’s book and I’d have missed out. The Jeffrey of this book was serious.
Completely recommend this book, especially for those who love characters who redeem themselves and those who love the snark.
The cover art was sort of middle of the road for me. Headless torso in a long sleeved t-shirt was, I assume, Theo, with Jeffrey’s hands clasped around his middle. While I liked the idea of the closeness, I was disappointed we didn’t get the red hair that Theo is so known for.
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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Lyrical Press
Original TitleAnd the Next Thing You Know . . .
SeriesWhy You? #2