Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/08/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Sequel to Put a Ring on It
Ready or Knot: Book Two
Former child star and deeply closeted adult actor Jax Conlon needs a boost to his flagging career. He promised his mom, just before she died. He hopes he’s found it in a guest spot with the latest directorial prodigy, but his research for the role gets derailed by an encounter with a handsome stranger with more… hands-on experience.
Oz Parsons is a devoted dad to two amazing little girls. Maybe a little too devoted—he hasn’t had anything resembling a personal life since his ex left, leaving Oz and the girls with broken hearts and abandonment issues. So a hookup with a hot guy is just what he needs to let off some pent-up steam without any complications. There’s something about Jax, though, that’s got him finding reasons to draw things out.
With their goals and families pulling them in two different directions, Oz and Jax have to figure if white-hot chemistry and desire that won’t quit is enough to roll the dice and risk now on forever.
I truly enjoyed Jax’s journey of self discovery and love. It was a slow and steady progression that was never boring. It was real with flaws and miscommunications and fear. It was about learning who you are and where you want to be in life.
I really enjoyed the way this story flowed. It started out HOT and slowly turned emotional. I easily followed the transition from attraction to interest to love. These men showed me how they felt about each other with every word and action. At the same time, these men showed me their insecurities and desires. I felt like I understood each man’s personality, his wants in life, his history, and his growth. I felt connected to both men and to their outcome. To me, this was a well rounded and well executed story that left me fulfilled.
I love a good family story and this one was good. It was realistic, with issues that had to be resolved before the potential HEA could be achieved. I loved that the children in this story were realistic as well. They were not just puppets strategically placed to advance the story. They were children, with everything that ceme with that word including temper tantrums and tears.
I really liked that Jax’s struggle to balance his career and his desires was not overly done ye it was still handled in a way that was cohesive and complete. His struggles to be who he thought he needed to be were a vital part of his being and played a big role in how he loved and how he reacted to things. And his coming out was done in a very spectacular way but without the politics that could have overshadowed the good that was done.
Finally, I loved that this story was about an interracial couple but was not political or preachy. It felt natural and accepted without a big fuss being made over cultural differences. It reflects a way of thinking that I was was more prevalent in society, that skin color has no meaning where love and life was concerned. It was all about the being within.
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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