Author: Anna Zabo
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/21/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Bisexual, Gay Romance
A business trip leads to a surprise encounter with an old flame in this sexy romance from the author of Just Business.
After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S.R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is intriguing to say the least: One of Singularity’s engineers is Todd Douglas, Fazil’s first love.
He knows better than to get personally involved on a job like this. Back in high school, Todd broke Fazil’s heart more times than he could count, but both men have grown so much since then—and Fazil never could say no to Todd…
When Fazil and Eli arrive in Seattle both men don’t expect the whirlwind couple of weeks they are about to experience.
Fazil is a difficult character to get to know. He has recently split with his girlfriend, it was an amicable separation but has proved difficult to bounce back from as she is dating someone else within their group of friends. He comes across as unsettled, unsure of himself and sometimes he seemed a bit whiny – I hope by saying that it doesn’t make me a horrible person! All his relationships have appeared to lack ‘something’ but he can’t define what it is. This latest split has knocked his confidence so the work trip to Seattle is a welcome distraction – until he meets the men he will be working with and discovers one of them is his first boyfriend – a boyfriend he ran from and hasn’t been in contact with since.
Where Fazil was difficult to understand Todd was difficult to like – honestly Anna you are making us work hard in this one! He was Fazil’s best friend and lover throughout high school but their relationship was very much on and off and had massive communication problems. That miscommunication is responsible now for the guilt that Fazil feels when he finally realises how wrong he was about so many things and he finds that very hard to recover from. Although Todd is quick to offer forgiveness it’s not quite that simple for either of them as they discover how deep their hurt feelings run. Their younger selves have really done a number on their older selves!
As well as Todd and Fazil trying to rebuild a friendship and relationship this book highlights both racism and homophobia at their worst. Eli, the cantankerous old bugger, is one of my favourites of this series and he has a lot to offer in this story too but the way he is treated will break your heart. The fact that this happens is why it needs to be highlighted but it is a hard pill to swallow when you have to watch the blasé attitude of the higher ups ignore what is so blatant and wrong.
This is another strong addition to the Takeover series that will make you run a gamut of emotions before you hit the end.
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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