Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/11/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Tom Hannity is not boring, despite what his ex-boyfriend says. He loves his circle of family and friends and finds peace in the beauty of flower arranging. Still stinging from his recent breakup, Tom attends an Anti-Valentine’s Day “Ex-orcism,” hoping for some fun and forgetfulness.
Mario Tellez is tired of party boys, and he’s had his eye on Tom for a while. When they run into each other at the Ex-orcism, sparks fly, until an accidentally overheard conversation drives Tom to do something he normally doesn’t do.
What should have been a hot and fun night turns into Tom and Mario seeing each other at their absolute worst, although surprisingly, it brings out the best in them, too. Navigating around the toxic people in their lives isn’t easy, and after a small series of bumps in the road, they finally come around full circle… to Valentine’s Day and laying old demons to rest.
From the blurb, I was expecting a much different story. I was expecting more misunderstanding and missed opportunities. I was expecting Tom to do something completely stupid. I was expecting… something.
While I did not get what I was expecting, what I did get was a sweet tale of two men who have been in bad relationships in the past finding each other. Two men who ran in the same circles, but never connected before now.
Tom and Mario both have their demons, and confidence issues, but they both want to make something between them work. Unfortunately, we never get to know either man all that well. The entire story is from Tom’s fairly shallow third-person point-of-view. We know he was in a relationship. We know it ended and that he has tried to move on. We know his ex is a douche. For Mario, we know he is attracted to Tom. We know he doesn’t like his family. And that is about it.
There are huge jumps in time with little or no explanation. The backstory is cursory at best. I just kept feeling like too much of the story took place in a black hole.
While I liked Tom and Mario and I knew I was supposed to be rooting for them, I just couldn’t get as into the story as I would have like. Overall, I thought this story would have been better suited to a longer format. I felt that there was just too much missing in the shorter novella format.
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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