Author: LE Franks
Publisher: Wilde City Press
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
In Nick’s perfect world, Valentine’s Day would be struck from the calendar.
Nick’s dreams of a Happily Ever After were shredded long ago and the last thing he and his customers need is a bunch of happy loving couples rubbing it in their faces.
Bouncer Fat Boy Newman is willing to bet he knows Nick’s heart better than he does. He has just six days to change Nick’s mind about romance and the holiday and the perfect man to do it.
Too bad it’s not him.
Too bad Nick’s not going down without a fight.
Too bad he cheats.
This is a fun, romantic romp that takes place over the six days prior to Valentine’s Day. Nick is a gay bartender at Frisson, where Davis, or “FatBoy,” as Nick calls him, is a bouncer. The story basically begins with Davis pestering Nick to death to go on a date with Davis’ gay cousin. Nick wants nothing to do with Valentine’s Day or the cousin, and a drinking contest ensues to stop the harassment once and for all. Once Nick gets his desired outcome, he thinks everything will calm down. However, despite his best efforts, a series of interesting events leads him down an unexpected path towards romance as the days continue to count down….
This story is short but cute and entertaining. I liked the countdown of days, broken down into 6 chapters, as Valentine’s Day looms ominously ahead for Nick like a ticking bomb. Though at times they felt slightly contrived and unbelievable, the events and interactions between Nick and Davis leading up to the Big Day are still amusingly written, and the two main characters are engaging. I felt that the frequent interactions with the cast of peripheral characters sometimes distracted a bit from story, but the variety of personalities added an extra dose of reality to the bar setting. I also liked Nick’s voice. His first person POV is snarky and sardonic, but just short of too cynical. He borders dangerously close to coming off as a jerk but manages to tell his tale with just enough wit and vulnerability to make him likable.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It was short but still had a satisfying amount of conflict and ended with a sweet HFN. I highly recommend it as a quick and lively read not only for Valentine’s Day, but for any day of the year.
I would like to thank Wilde City Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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