Author: Anne Tenino
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
It’s just a friend thing.
Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life is strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.
Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .
But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?
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Billionaire with Benefits is the sequel to Too Stupid to Live. You really need to have read the first book to get the full impact of this one. Billionaire with Benefits overlaps the first one in timeline as well as continues on with plot elements established in Too Stupid to Live.
Book two is all about Tierney and Dalton and character growth. They both appear in book 1 and in this one the reader gets to see a whole new side of both of them. I am glad of that, because I hated Tierney in book 1. In this one, the reader gets a chance to see his insecurities, his emotional damage, and his struggles to be a better man. We also get to see that Dalton has issues of his own and that he needs just as much healing as Tierney. We got to see Sam again with his ever present “Romance Novel” view on the world and Ian with his macho tendency to overlook the obvious and his tenderness for all things Sam.
I do have to say I thought there was too much going on in this one. I never really got the feeling that anything was really resolved. Yes, the various plot elements had a conclusion of sorts, but they all felt rushed and forced because the author had to focus on closing too many gaps. And I am still not sure of the point of Robert’s plot line. I mean I get it, that it was to show that Dalton needed Tierney too, but it felt like it was inserted later and not really blended well with the rest of the tale.
If you are an Anne Tenino fan, this is not her best work, but overall, this was a pleasant read. It was not as comedic as book 1 as it touched on darker topics, but it was still a good read.
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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