When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he’s found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.
It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?
It’s burying me alive…
The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.
Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.
If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.
I have long been a fan of Garrett Leigh, having fell in love with her after reading Slide, the first book`in her “Roads” series. Since that time. I’ve yet to read a bad one.
One of the best things about a Garrett Leigh book, is the sheer realism of the characters and the settings. Every character I’ve read has made me think “yeah, I know someone like that”, or “I’d do that” or “I’ve been there, seen that, done that”. No punches are pulled, no quarter given-it’s real, in your face life.
Angelo is a former dancer, who has returned to his home town to try to save the family cafe after the death of his father. In the face of an uncooperative, greedy and deeply in denial family, he struggles as hard as he can, but he’s going under. Dylan is a debt advisor who tries to help keep the business afloat. They might have done it, too if not for the family.
An unlikely couple from the start, Angelo’s pride and Dylan’s insecurity almost tears them apart, but somehow they muddle through and make it to their HEA, or at least HFN. Personally, I don’t believe HEA’s exist and don’t believe them for a minute. Ever.
Garrett’s writing and storytelling are, as usual, superb and I couldn’t recommend this books highly enough. It’s flawlessly executed, deep and raw. The characters are so well drawn you’d swear you know them.