Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: A.J. Corza
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/22/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Sometimes you do get a second chance at first love
Diamond magnate Sly Carson is headed to the Hotel Incognito, the premier resort for gay men in Las Vegas. He plans to take advantage of the time away from his homophobic father and have as much fun as possible. But the fun ends when he bumps into his old flame, Rory Klein.
Rory’s job working at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center has left him emotionally drained. A few days away was supposed to relax him, but there’s nothing relaxing about facing the man who broke his heart in college.
Twenty years have passed, but time doesn’t necessarily heal all wounds. This weekend could be their last chance to make things right, but a confession from Sly could ruin everything.
I enjoyed reading Lies & Diamonds & Bears. The setting was intriguing, the characters (main and supporting) were likable, and the ending left me satisfied. I liked the idea of this resort for gay men only and the way it was described. If you read Muse, you got a more in depth look at the HOT possibilities available for men at this resort. This story, though, was a bit more tame, as was appropriate to the romance.
I do want to note that I didn’t like Sly at first. He was very cold and kind of arrogant. I knew there was more to the story, because there were hints, but I honestly didn’t like Sly enough at first to care. On the other hand, I liked Rory almost immediately. He came across as more down to earth and a little insecure. I connected to him at once and wanted him to find someone to show him that he was worthy of more than just a weekend hook-up. It was Rory who kept me reading.
Once more of Sly was revealed and he became more human, I was able to enjoy the way the story unfolded. I like that these two men did not immediately fall back into a relationship with one another. I like that there was resistance and hurt feelings, it made this more real for me. As did the back and forth, the indecision as to whether they should be friends, fuck buddies, enemies, etc. Once they transitioned into second chance lovers, things were extremely rushed and a bit too perfect and easy, but the ending was happy and overall the story left me feeling satisfied.
Now Blaine and Devon need their own stories(story?). Blaine needs someone to love and devote himself to and Devon needs someone to tame him.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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