The Wrong Man by Lane Hayes ~ Book Review by Caroline

24394833 Title: The Wrong Man

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

Caroline’sView:

I’m so glad we got Brandon’s story after we met him book 1. He was fabulous in Luke’s story and a great friend and confidant. At nearly 30 he is a successful businessman in the town of the beautiful and he loves his little house, the only thing missing is ‘the one’. There has been no one since he kicked the slimy Trevor to the curb but he is convinced Mr Right is out there somewhere. His motto in life is to never look back and he would never give an ex a second chance after being left heartbroken at high school by his first love.

Jake Westley has had a rough few years. As a teenager he was scared to come out and ended up breaking his boyfriend’s heart. A year later when he had enough courage to be honest with his family it backfired spectacularly and he lost literally everything when his parents cut him off and disowned him. Hitting rock bottom was tough and is not place he ever wishes to return to. After a recent breakup with a long term boyfriend he relocates to the WeHo fire department with his best friend, a thirteen year old Labrador called Mack.

When Brandon agrees to help his shop assistant out with dog sitting the last thing in the world he was expecting was for Jake Westley, the ex who broke his heart all the years ago and possibly the only person he has been in love with, to walk through the door to collect his dog.

Both these men have changed in the last twelve years but Brandon’s mind is very much stuck in the past dragging up the hurt from all those years ago. It seems at first he won’t ever be able to let go of his fear and once again become friends with the man from his past. The key to Brandon’s heart is Mack. He falls hard and fast for the dog and for him to see more of the dog he must also learn how to be in the presence of his owner.

Rebuilding of their friendship is slow but there is obviously a strong attraction between the two. Whilst Brandon scrambles for reasons why a relationship with Jake is a bad idea Jake pushes him to do things he never would and slowly changes Brandon’s feelings on his hard set rules that are in place to protect his heart.

This isn’t an enemy to lover’s story per se as they were never really enemies. They were the first taste of love to each other and for reasons beyond their control they ended up hurting each other badly. They both lived with the consequences of these actions for over a decade and then through fate were given a second chance. This second chance will only work if Brandon is brave enough to finally open his heart up and give Jake as well as himself an opportunity for happiness and admit his fears.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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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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