Author: Ada Maria Soto
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/12/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance
Nested Hearts: Book One
Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears.
At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.
Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.
A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.
This was such a fun read!
If the purpose of reading is enjoyment, escapism and entertainment, this book nailed it. I couldn’t put it down!
Even though, at first glance, not much happens in this book. Two people meet, date, fall in love in this low-drama, angst-free, unhurried romance. For the longest time, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, waiting for the Tearful Fight or the Big Misunderstanding or The Fateful Revelation but—nothing. Instead I got a whole cast of memorable, well-drawn characters, including the two heroes, who I immediately fell in love with. I got dialogue that flowed so smoothly and naturally I could almost hear it, and I got effortless, unobtrusive writing that left room for a lovely story to unfold.
James fathered a son at fourteen and then was so busy shouldering the responsibility of parenthood that he as good as forgot to live his own life for the next eighteen years. Now that his son Dylan is about to go to college, he’s kind of lost. Who better to convince him to think of himself for a change than a man who needs to be reminded of the same thing? Gabe founded a technology firm while in college and then was so busy making and keeping his firm profitable that his time stopped being his own a long time ago.
These two were perfect for each other. James was simply adorable in his blushing almost-innocent inexperience, and I loved how Gabe slowly and masterfully introduced him to the joys of carnal desire. Gabe was a wonderful example for “look at the man behind the business suit and you’ll find a person”. He’s charmed when James remains completely, honestly unfazed by his wealth and status, but even more at the understanding James shows for Gabe’s dedication to his work. Gabe can’t help respect the dedicated single father in turn. Their friendship and later, affection, grows from mutual respect, and I think this was what set this story somewhat apart from most others I’ve read recently. Gabe and James experience something utterly mundane and at the same time, an utterly amazing miracle: a romance in ordinary life.
As thoroughly as I enjoyed this story, I had one major complaint—this book is incomplete. Seriously. Practically cut off in the middle of a scene.
I get why it ended where it did, and putting the whole story into one book would’ve been too much, but boy was I glad I had the sequel at hand and could read right on.
PS: After you’ve read this book, take a closer look at the cover. Seriously. Isn’t the Lemon Drop Wonder just adorable?
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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