The first word that springs to mind when I think about this book is ‘different’.
Author: Kate Pavelle
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Wyatt Gaudens, an advertising executive and adrenaline junkie, has fine-tuned the art of breaking and entering into apartments, misusing his considerable rock climbing skills. Once inside, he steals a pretty, shiny thing or two. When his friend Reyna complains that her jerk of a boss makes her workplace a living hell, he breaks into her boss’s home to get even. More than any other pretty thing, what really catches his eye the most is her boss, Jack.
Working hard to overcome his own lingering problems, investment specialist Jack Azzuri focuses on his second chance at making his business grow. But grief for his sister, Celia, recently killed in a suspicious climbing accident, sabotages his attempt to start over. When he meets Wyatt, he’s strongly attracted even though Wyatt is the last person he should associate with. With Jack’s explosive temper and Wyatt’s adrenaline addiction, the path to a stable relationship will be a tough climb. They might succeed if they can sort out what really matters, as well as learn to take the good with the bad. Wyatt hopes to speed their progress by solving the mystery that’s weighing Jack down: how did Celia really die?
I had no expectations when I started this book. It was a new author and a title that I hadn’t come across so the only clue I had was the blurb. It’s actually a difficult book to describe as it’s not your common romance nor is it altogether an action/suspense novel. The best I can do is to explain my thoughts.
Wyatt was a bit of an enigma. He is reckless yet cautious. He is outgoing and flirtatious yet has a non-existent personal life. He has a full time job yet he continues to be a part time thief and has a flair for lock picking. His true passion is climbing and if those skills come into use when he is breaking and entering then all the better. He seems to need the adrenaline rush to keep him sane. Most people in his life have let him down and walked away from him at some point so he keeps up his barriers to prevent more hurt.
Jack has a very bad temper and it is quick to show. He is aggressive and tends to lash out first and ask questions later. He is also the Wyatts best friends boss and when he upsets her at work he becomes Wyatts next mark.
Wyatt gets quite the haul when he breaks into Jacks apartment knowing the man is away for the weekend. Realising there is a safe there that he doesn’t have time to crack he returns another evening but finds Jack in bed when he enters the apartment through the bedroom window. Wyatt is stunned by the sight of Jack in all his naked glory and it becomes all he can think about in the following days. Wyatt becomes a bit of a stalker which is perhaps not the best way for a relationship to start.
Although Jack discovers that Wyatt has stolen from him the two men somehow become friends and then lovers. I couldn’t get their relationship to work for me as I couldn’t feel any chemistry between the pair. Jack was constantly struggling with his temper and mood swings and Wyatt didn’t seem to know whether he wanted Jack or he wanted to run. To me they felt a bit strained together.
The other side of the story is Jacks sister died less than a year ago in a climbing accident and although the Police ruled it accidental Jack has always believed there to be more to it. Without proof he has been unable to do anything but with Wyatts help they start finding small clues and hope to find the truth.
If you like a descriptive book that moves at a slow place then you will enjoy this. There are so many hurdles in front of them before they can get their HEA that at times it seems impossible. When Jacks possessiveness comes out and scares Wyatt both men have to re-evaluate the relationship before it is too late. As I said in the beginning….this book is different J
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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