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- Print Length: 176 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523621583
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (28 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AX9969S
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maxwell appeared briefly as a side character in book 3 of the MoL series, being Oliver's ex, and I almost didn't like him for his could-have-been-a-killer interruption of Oliver and Leslie's budding romance, but he turned out not to be a bad guy (decent character for a f-buddy, and, he came bearing lots of McD breakfast muffins that he happily shared, yum!), and though I didn't have a clue if he'd get his own tale or not, I did hope so. Luckily SMN read my mind and delivered, in her own inimitable style.
In this, we get to see the real guy behind the casual hook-ups, witticisms and snark and he's surprisingly tender-hearted and vulnerable, and the revelations of his past made me feel for him all the more. As for his love interest, Gibson the Gaming Geek, it took me until the second read to actually see that the guy wasn't arrogant or unfeeling, just pretty much in a world of his own. Until, that is, a sad event that brings out the emotions in him, and that leads to a bit of an epiphany for him, I thought, though SMN didn't actually say so in as many words. I think that 'geek' and 'gamer' were the operative words for him, as until he met Maxwell, not much else had mattered to him.
I liked that the tale wasn't overly angsty, that there wasn't an overly convoluted storyline, just one that I could believe in, and one where I'd have liked to be a fly on the wall - and not just for the sex scenes!! I liked that it wasn't all plain sailing and that each was there for the other in each other's time of need. That SMN made the needing part entirely equal and reciprocal was, pardon the pun, needed, and very well done, with each guy letting his defences down. I was a little surprised that there wasn't as much hot and steamy sex in this as in some of the other books in the series, which SMN is known for, but then again, Maxwell's job did put a dampener on things, yet at the same time, it did make a reality of the old, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' adage. I also liked that these guys felt real, i.e. regular guys you might just come across in real life, and that there was no convenient wealth, miraculous event or romance novel ticklist staples to conveniently catalyse their lives, relationship or HEA. As to the ending, without the words actually needing to be said, yes I believed that this was the start of a HEA, and not a HFN; qualifying what they had didn't seem necessary - it just felt right.
Oh, and yes, this is full of snark, sass and funnies, and I learned a few new words and expressions that alas, would shock my hubby silly, and would embarrass my 24yo son. So, of course, they're going to be dropped into conversation at some point!!!
This is another Keeper in the MoL series, a lighter (and perhaps shorter?) one in some ways, but just as good as my faves, Sight and Sinners, Suit Yourself and Feat Of Clay.
Disclaimer: I'm a fan of SMN and lucky enough to be a beta reader, too, but no payment was requested or offered for this review, the words of which are entirely my own.
We know they're going to eventually get together, and when they do, Maxwell falls fast for Gibson. Gibson finds himself thinking about Maxwell long after their encounter, tries to ignore it, but eventually succumbs. I enjoyed Gibson's best friend, Jack, whose 'take no prisoners' attitude towards Gibson, is really entertaining. He tells Gibson how it is, even if Gibson doesn't want to hear it, and Jack keeps him in line. Sorta.
After reading this, Maxwell has become one of my favourite characters in this series. His background is heart breaking, however, it's one he's pulled himself up from and has made something of himself. He's a beautifully written character, he's strong, funny (loved the crane scene 😁), loyal, but also vulnerable (that prologue 😵, gah). Gibson is also well written, l enjoyed his audacity and brazenness. He made no apologies for who he was and how he acted.
This is quite funny and snarky in parts, but it's also quite an emotional read, I just wanted to hug Maxwell. I wasn't sure about this story, when I read the blurb, it sounded very different to the previous books, all of which I loved. Really! Why did I ever doubt Ms MacNicol? I absolutely love the way she writes, her style is so earthy and revels in its Britishness. Although it can be read as a standalone, I personally would advise that you read the previous books in the series, to really get an idea of what's going on. It was nice to see how the divine Lesley and the gorgeous Oliver were getting on. Excellent story, can't wait for the next one. Very highly recommended. Read it, you really don't know what you're missing. 5+ stars!
Maxwell Lewis has lead a turbulent young life that has seen plenty of loss and sadness but now he has picked himself up and is now content with his life thus far but now yearning for something more, someone to love. He works as cabin crew for Target airlines and it is through his job that brings him into contact with sexy off the wall Gibson Henry.
Gibson has a talent of the geek variety with his own company in gaming. His unique style and personality attracts the men to him in droves but his mantra is ‘no repeat performances’ When he spots the hot guy dishing out the food and drinks on one of his many flights he makes time to hook up with Maxwell and visit the mile high club. But when he dismisses Maxwell afterwards, has he made a big mistake? Not one for serious relationships he ignores his inner conscience and tries to forget his one time in the sky but fate seems to be playing a hand and he meets up with Maxwell again in a bar. Things take a step forward when Maxwell stands up for Gibson which Gibson finds such a turn on!
This was a great addition to the series and I loved the interaction between the pairing. The banter and laughs these two gave was a contrast to the passion they created between the sheets but there was also lots of depth and sadness to overcome.
With all Susan Mac Nicol’s stories, I like how she touches on a serious subject and raises awareness of it in her storylines. In this case it is the homeless. It really makes you think about those poor guys out there with no comfort and home and the harsh realities they have to live with on the streets.
A sexy passionate story with lots of laughs, a heart rending subject matter and a yearned for HEA. Four stars.
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I am loving this series of interconnected stories by Ms Mac Nicol.Read more
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