Random Acts by Mia Kerick ~ Book Review by Caroline

23167258 Title: Random Acts

Author: Mia Kerick

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Bradley Zelder can’t find his way in life. After struggling for nearly a decade, he has yet to complete his college degree. Working as a school custodian, living in blue-collar Landsbury, MA, his love life is as empty as the rest of his existence. But on his way home after another disastrous date, his truck breaks down in upscale Oceanside. When he thinks life can’t get any worse, a man who is the epitome of Boston elite and everything Bradley finds attractive and intimidating helps him move his truck to the side of the road. Ashamed of his lot in life, Bradley almost lets the opportunity slip away, but he comes to his senses in time and tracks Caleb down.

From a random act of kindness, romance begins to grow, filling all the dark corners of Bradley’s empty life—until a random act of violence threatens to take it all away. Bradley must step up and be the man Caleb believes him to be. Caleb rescued him from a life without hope. Can Bradley rescue him in return?

Caroline’s View:

This book has a little bit of everything in it and is almost like two different stories that meet in the middle and give Bradley and Caleb their happy ending.

Bradley is a man with very little self esteem and finds it extremely hard to believe he is worthy of anything good happening in his life. He is a bit of a womaniser but gains no satisfaction in that area of his life either. He jumps from one bed to another but avoids commitment of any kind.

After another unsatisfying and uncomfortable night spent in his current girlfriends bed he makes a quick escape with the decision already made in his mind that it is time to end things. On his way home his day goes from bad to worse when his truck breaks down in the middle of the road.

His day is about to get better though Caleb stops to help him.

Caleb is everything Bradley would look for in a man if he was actually looking, although he hasn’t been with another man for a long time. He is preppy looking, confident and in Bradleys eyes ‘has his shit together’. Of course Bradley thinks of himself as unworthy of anyone as ‘perfect’ as Caleb and things look a little shaky at the start.
Their first date is a a car crash. Bradley is almost robotic in his conversation, he has studied subjects he assumes Caleb will be interested in, Caleb is not impressed and it is almost over before it even starts. Thank god for ‘do overs’ as the Bradley is much more interesting as himself.

For the first half of the book Caleb works a kind of magic on Bradley and infuses him with confidence. Bradley’s views of himself slowly start changing for the better which helps in all aspects of his life, particularly in his job.

It takes just one night and one incident of brutality to change everything and suddenly the table are turned!

Outward appearances can be deceiving and Bradley learns all too quickly that perhaps Caleb isn’t as put together as he first appeared. Caleb has suffered a lot of sadness in his life, the latest was the death of husband five years ago, and he doesn’t always cope very well. Although this is a new relationship Bradley has to decide whether to stand up and be the man Caleb needs or to turn tail and run as he usually would.

What follows is a transformation for both these men that involves determination and good luck. Bradley has to hope his new found confidence is enough for both of them as he slowly helps Caleb put his life back together and Caleb has to let Bradley see him properly, flaws and all.

If you like a sweet love story between opposites who rescue each other with a little angst thrown in then give this one a try.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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