Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/20/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
At his death, Byron Sinclair left behind more than just his much older partner Alfred Anderson. The couple helped raise their respective nephews, and while Paul Sinclair and Alex Martin are now adults, they still have some growing up to do, particularly when it comes to getting along with each other.
If they refuse to be in the house at the same time, how can Alex be so sure Paul is an opportunistic suck-up with the morals of an alley cat? Paul isn’t impressed with aloof and arrogant playboy Alex, either. Both swear they know all they need to about the other–and about themselves.
Byron’s dying wish is for Alfred to help Paul and Alex see how perfect they are for each other. But when the boys stubbornly refuse to acknowledge what’s right in front of them, Byron must get creative – though it’ll be difficult without hands, or a voice, or a body….
First edition published by Torquere Press (January 2010)
Even though this story started out on a sad note with the passing of Byron, this story was so much fun. I loved seeing Alex’s view of Paul and how utterly off base he was. I loved the way ghost Byron wanted nothing more than to direct things even in death. It was fabulous the way he played matchmaker from beyond the grave, though I do wish this aspect would have been explored a bit more. Alfred was such a great character, loving and yet unwittingly a pawn in the Alex/Paul drama. I would have loved his and Byron’s story.
I hated Alex at first. He was an asshole to shame all assholes. When he purposely broke up that couple in the club, I did not know how the author was going to redeem him enough for me to like him. But she did. It started out subtly, with the author giving the reader tidbits of Alex’s personality. Little hints that his assholeness was just armor to cover up his unhappiness and loneliness. Then the author started showing Alex standing up for committed relationships and I knew that there was definitely more to the story. That Alex was in fact in need of someone to pull his head out of his ass and show Alex that his ideals could be and should be met. I loved watching Alex transform from the closed off, hateful man he started as into a man ready and willing to love with his whole heart. I loved watching him fumble and flounder but in such fun ways.
I liked Paul. He was the perfect foil to Alex. Just as Alfred and Bryon pointed out, they were compliments of each other and together they made a formidable teams. I loved that Paul had a hidden dominant side. When he finally gave into Alex but decided he was going to run the show, HOT. So HOT. Paul’s grief almost killed me because the author made such a strong and loving character. I felt like I was right there with him as he gave his all to family. He loved with everything he was made of and it translated easily off the page.
The ending made me cry, both in sadness and joy. I loved seeing Alfred and Byron finally reunited, but I hated the way it broke Paul and Alex. I am so glad that thing ended on such a positive note after such tragedy. As I said at the start, even though there was sadness, the author always found a way to bring back that light hearted and charming quality.
This story was a beginning. It was the start of what promises to be a loving life for Alex and Paul. I loved their journey and would love even more if the author would share the rest of their life with us. I think it would turn out to be a great story as these men learn to intertwine their lives and start a family. Ms. Winters, please can we have the rest of their story? Please? Pretty please? How about Alfred and Byron’s story? Please please please?
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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