Author: Madeleine Urban, Rianne Aile
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
2nd Edition – 15,000 words of added scenes.
When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and then a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie continues with no problems until David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is slowly falling in love. What he doesn’t know is that Trace is struggling with a similar discovery.
Trace has never desired another man before. He’s a ladies’ man with quite the reputation, considered a top prize around town. But his close, treasured friendship with David makes the emotion and arousal growing between them irresistible. Soothing David’s doubts, Trace makes it clear that he wants to know if they can make it work. Because Trace is sure he wouldn’t love another man — that’s not the issue. He just loves David.
I don’t give five-star ratings lightly. Actually, the first time I read The One That Got Away by Madeleine Urban and Rianne Aile, I don’t think I gave it five stars. However, I recently re-read this title. The first time I read the first edition, this time I read the second edition. There are about 15,000 additional words in the second edition. It has been too long since I read the original edition to pinpoint where they added the verbiage, but I think it completed the story well.
David and Trace are friends. Apparently rather good friends, even though they don’t have many mutual friends and Trace doesn’t know David is gay. When David needs help, Trace is right there taking care of him and sleeping (platonically) in the same bed. If you can get past the obvious and a bit unrealistic setup, the story of how they go from friends to lovers is a fabulous one.
This is not a case of instant love. It isn’t a case of suddenly seeing their friend in a new light. It is a case of two men slowly coming to terms with seeing their friend in a new way. Trace has to battle his own misconceptions and insecurities before anything can happen. David has to battle his desire to keep the status quo. Even after they start taking things to a new level, it isn’t straight from friends to fucking. Trace still has to come to grips with how far he is willing to go and how much he is willing to reveal to the world.
I appreciated the slow-burn nature of this relationship. It allowed it be feel more organic and more like it will stick. I also appreciated David’s poker buddies and their insight into the (non)relationship. There is not evil friend trying to come between Trace and David, only support.
It is a good comfort read, and I can’t believe I waited 3.5 years between reading it the first time and this time.
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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