Author: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/07/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Dave’s taking life day by day after leaving Travis, his emotionally abusive partner of fifteen years. Working as the cook at the Square Peg is all the social life he has and he’s content with that.
When a swerving car leaves him sprawled on the snowy sidewalk with a broken ankle, being rescued by his new neighbor, young, sinfully pretty Jeremy, seems like the start of something good, even if twenty years separate the two men. But Travis isn’t content to let Dave slip away and Dave’s his own worst enemy, holding Jeremy at arms’ length when Jeremy wants to get as close as possible.
With decisions about his future complicated by his tangled past, can Dave accept the second chance Jeremy offers or will his heart stay empty of love?
I read the first two stories in the Square Peg Series and I loved them, unfortunately I did not have the same connection to this book.
The good news is that even though it had been awhile since I had read the first two books, it was easy to jump into this story and not feel any confusion. It was also great to see the characters from the first stories, and even though there is not a huge amount of interaction, it is enough to get caught up a bit. The other good news is that Jeremy (a new character, and Dave’s love interest) is endearing and quite likable. I enjoyed his quirkiness very much!
The bad news is that Dave was a total mess. His backstory involves a long-term love interest who needs a restraining order. Frankly, I felt like Dave didn’t deserve Jeremy’s devotion, and his constant self-loathing and doubts overshadowed most of my enjoyment of their budding relationship.
I won’t give many more plot details because it will slip into spoiler territory, but the things that disturbed me about this story had a lot to do with Dave’s lack of confidence, and the large focus on his ex partner and their ongoing relationship. For me it completely upstaged the romance between him and Jeremy, and really hurt my enjoyment of the story. I wanted to enjoy The Empty Box, but unfortunately it left me feeling a bit too empty in the end. That being said, I am still looking forward to reading the next book in the series because Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow are a dynamic duo, and the Square Peg is a place I look forward to reading about.
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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