Title: Changing the Things You Can
Author: Ari McKay
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Devastated by the death of his best friend from a drug overdose, rock star Devon Bailey retreats to his hometown to grieve. When his fragile emotional state causes him to break down in a local bakery, owner Michael Behrman comes to his rescue.
Michael’s nurturing instincts prompt him to reach out to Devon, offering support and a comforting shoulder, and the two grow closer. Michael’s feelings for Devon deepen into something more–but how can he know whether Devon feels anything more for him than gratitude?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Daily Dose package “Mended”.
Devon is truly devastated by his friend’s death, and he blames himself for not doing more to save him from self-destructive behaviors. The comfort and easy acceptance he finds with Michael is sweet and refreshing to Devon. Devon is lonely and hurt, and Michael is a classic caretaker – he immediately recognizes Devon and swoops in to take care of the grieving man. Their relationship is kind and caring, and soon Michael knows that his feelings for Devon are growing serious, but Devon isn’t out as a gay man, and Michael worries that Devon is simply grateful to Michael for being there for him when Devon needed someone.
These two men are vibrant and well defined characters, and the chemistry is quite loving. Devon’s character is the most multifaceted – he’s grief stricken, guilty, lonely, and still hiding in the closet, while Michael is a bit overly perfect (he bakes, he’s compassionate, he’s loyal, he’s well liked …). However, somehow the two together make a nice, complementary couple that’s impossible not to like. Fortunately, the climactic ending of the story provides a perfectly lovely happily ever after.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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