Title: The Enlightenment of Daniel
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.
Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.
I have been debating for a while whether or not to read this book since I generally enjoy Eli Easton’s work. I recently finished The Trouble with Tony, and while not my favorite Easton title, it was certainly a worthy and enjoyable read. I don’t know exactly why I had such a hard time starting this book. Once I did start it, I finished it in short order.
I think part of the reason I finished it, however, was sheer determination. I wanted to get to the end. I wanted to see the happily-ever-after I knew was in the works. Without that determination, I may not have made it to the good part. For the first 50% of the book, I felt as though the two main characters were circling around the issues again and again and getting nowhere. I seriously started to consider skipping a few chapters. However at about the half-way mark, things started to pick up. They started to move forward in their relationship, and Nick started finally to grow a bit of a backbone.
Nick was in the cliched loveless marriage with the controlling bitch of a wife. He stayed “for the kids” and suffered for it. One one hand that is noble; on the other hand it is misguided. In contrast, Daniel is a take-charge kind of guy. He sees what he wants, and he maps out a path to get it. He doesn’t shy away from potential discomfort if he sees the reward at the end of the journey. I like that about him Nick and Daniel see the world differently, and that is why they work so well in business/ Presumably, it is also why they would make a good team outside of the business.
I felt Daniel’s passion for Nick, but I don’t know that I ever really felt Nick’s return passion. When the inevitable fight happened, my heart broke, just a little, for Daniel as he saw his dream slip away. I can’t say the same for Nick. That being said; I wanted Daniel happy, and I knew Nick was the guy to make that happen.
In the end, I did enjoy this story. It is a bit more serious than many Eli Easton fans will be used to, but she does an admirable job with Daniel and Nick’s story. Her usual clean and precise style that I so adore is present, excepting the little bit of circling in the first part of the book. The second half picked up considerably and I enjoyed it emensly. The epilogue, however, was pure Easton and a fitting end to Daniel and Nick’s story.
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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