Author: Robert P. Rowe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/29/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Offering a would-be thief a second chance is risky—especially when he could steal your heart.
Carlos had it all: a good-paying construction job, a truck, a rental house and his girl. Then he lost his job and everything else along with it. Desperate, he turns to crime—only to fail in his first attempt when he accidentally climbs into the wrong window. Carlos has to rethink his life when his victim becomes his only friend.
Michael has lost too many times in love. Prince Charming won’t be knocking at his door, with its do-not-disturb sign permanently in place, when fate finds Carlos climbing into his window. Michael’s compassion for this down-and-out lost soul turns to friendship. But Michael can’t allow things to go any further and still feel safe from heartbreak.
There are no accidents, and the second-story man discovers that in life and love there can be a second story.
Robert P. Rowe is a new author for me and I was quite taken with Second-Story Man. It wasn’t perfect but I enjoyed the characters and the setting as well as the unique set up for the story. It’s not every day a man takes pity on his would be burglar and forms a friendship from there.
Both men have tragic pasts and both are working in their own way to overcome them. I liked how Michael and Carlos complimented each other, the push and pull between them let their feelings develop slowly. I appreciated that they had common interests and were able to function as a couple before they even were a couple.
I liked the secondary characters, and there is quite the extensive cast, as they all support the story and help make it a rich environment. We don’t know a lot about most, but they all add dimensions in their own way.
The situation was definitely unorthodox and a little implausible at times. The whole “everything happens for a reason” philosophy seemed to give leeway for all sorts of coincidences and convenient timings to move the story forward; however I was able to forgive it in the context of this story. It gave the story a fairy-tale air, especially with the “town” they lived in. This “town” is explained in the author’s note and I recommend you take the time to read it as it is quite charming.
My only real disappointment was the penetrative sex scene. It read like a bad porno and lacked emotional connection from the pair, in contrast to their first coupling which was sexy and intimate.
Overall, an entertaining read with a happy ending. I will check out more from this author.
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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