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I won this book in a FB competition!
A 35 year old Book Editor and a 19 year old who works in the Sex Industry, seems like an unusual pairing, but thanks to the engaging writing skills of this author, he made it work.
It was a long and arduous journey to getting their HEA - both Chance and Remy didn't make it easy for themselves, or us, the readers. But on that journey, I fell in love with Remy, he was just so special and will remain with me for a long time.
As you have most probably gathered by now with the arduous journey comment, this storyline had angst. Lots and lots of it. But it also had lots of delicious sexy, but loving love to balance it out. But it wasn't always easy reading and one particular "event" left a sour taste in my mouth. For me, I didn't think the author handled it particularly well, almost glossed-it-over with another bombshell happening and that didn't sit right with me, so it cost him a 0.5* off my rating. Harsh maybe, but with the word building and expertly handled storyline, I just felt he missed an opportunity to help anyone who may have been in that situation themselves.
Having said that, I did enjoy reading this new author to me. I definitely want to read Dan's story to find out how he lost Bryan to another man......
P.s. Read the Glossary at the end of the book first - it will help to clear up some confusions when reading.
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***** ok added note.... there's a glossary at the end of the book explaining the Twinsday and the Siresday. Mr Lyons? No..... just no. Remove these as they sound stupid and look like spelling errors and put on proper words!!!! thank you *****
Remy Dwes is 19yr stripper working at a bar/nightclub, Matchmaker. His job is taxing and leaves him empty but he enjoys it. He can’t help himself from hoping for someone to love him though not just for a quick rump.
Chance Whitaker is swearing off younger guys because they can’t seem to keep faithful. At 35yr he’s a little tired of the scene and is a successful editor.
Dan Berringer is the owner of Matchmaker and a damn good matchmaker, supposedly. At 25yr’s old he’s been through a lot. Chance has been there a lot for him and Remy is his favorite boy. He’ll like nothing better than to see the two together and sets them up.
Chance has his misgivings about Remy especially when he finds out Remy’s occupation and how old he is. Remy likes Chance and is mature beyond his years. But Chance’s preconception of him is really throwing a wrench into any flourishing relationship between the two. The two will have to get pass the hurt and bias if they ever want a lasting relationship between them.
The terminology:”Solday, Twinsday, Faldris, Siresda,” etc was unique and new. It gave off the feel that the story was set in an alternative universe (something we find out reading the glossary at the end of the book).
Dan was a great friend and owner and I felt his heart was in the right place. I really am curious about his love life and what went down with Bryan.
Matty wasn’t a very likable character and I felt he might have played into his stereotype of being a whore. What he did to Remy was pretty horrible and for him to just go back to pretending he didn’t do anything horrible really sucked.
As for Remy and Chance, I didn’t feel the title was at all befitting of their relationship. There were so many chances given to Chance whenever he did something to sabotage his relationship with Remy. By the fourth time I was just over it and ready for Remy to brush him off and move on to a finding love with someone else. Thankfully Chance finally got his head out of his ass.
I liked that Remy got to voice why he was in the sex industry and his view on his job and what it entails. It really put things into perspective how he compartmentalized his work relationship and his relations with Chance. It’s also probably why I felt so unforgiving about what Chance did those two days he was apart from Remy.
The common theme with getting rid of Remy’s problematic issues by killing them off was going a little overboard for me. The author really could have gone in different directions with that such as incarceration. In fact there was now law or order in the entire book. It was like law enforcement didn’t exist.
I also wanted to address that psychological issues weren’t dealt with well. It was pretty glossed over and I guess it’s to be expected seeing as there’s no source of government. Remy’s life was pretty messed up in an “OMG can he not catch a break” kind of way. Chance really just seemed like more of a complication. With how they both handled their relationship and all the misunderstanding it’s hard to believe they could be in a long lasting relationship. In fact, I don’t think them moving in together and buying a house was a good idea at all. Their communication skills were just plain ole sucked. If it wasn’t for Danny they probably wouldn’t even be in a relationship at all. With them moving away it’s hard to believe they could continue on in a relationship and be happy.
The glossary at the end of the book didn’t really serve much of a purpose except to verify that the world the book takes place in is different from the world readers know. It did answer questions as to why law enforcement was nowhere in the book though (and I won’t go back to fix my review because the glossary would have been better at the start or a message from the author would have done just as well expectation wise. I was writing the review as I read).
It was a good read but so vexing. I don’t know how I feel about reading the rest of the trilogy. Emotionally I feel like I’ve been dragged across burning coal. I’m exhausted and feeling a bit hurt and teary eyed.
A free copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
This book wasn't for me. Like at all. For most of the book it was fine. No major objections to anything, just no major love or feeling for anything either. But at about the 75/80% mark, something happens that is NOT handled well at all. Remy is drugged and raped by his "best friend"and it's barely called rape. It's only referred to as rape twice in one scene, and that's all that happens. Dan, Remy's boss who the rapist is working for and roommates with doesn't FIRE the rapist. He doesn't kick him out. NOTHING. Oh he's gracious enough to make it so Remy doesn't have to work "with" his rapist, but not enough to schedule them at different times. Remy and Chance both react and deal with the rape as if Remy cheated on Chance, which I understood from Chance at the beginning before he know Remy was raped. But even after, it's all about how "hurt" he was and how painful it was for him. And it seems ridiculous to be so hung up on something that had little to no impact. It was angst for five seconds. The rapist is killed off page not long after. But even in his death Remy mourns him. Remy plans his funeral. Remy handles his "estate". It's just really gross. Now with that rant over. Remy and Chance are fine. I don't particularly like either one of them. I have to cut Remy some slack because he's only 19 but he never clicked for me. Chance has no such leeway. I figure he'll get a lot of heat for how he reacted post the above spoiler, but that didn't bother me. I got his perspective for the most part. What irked me was the constant insecurity over if anyone could ever be faithful. Either get over it or just don't date. It's not that complicated. I didn't mind his opinion on Remy's job. I appreciate seeing the struggle any rational person would have. I hated how every misunderstanding or complication was painted as Chance being unreasonable and his needing to apologize. Mostly it was. But there were a couple of times where it was so annoying that it was so one-sided. This book is also set in some weird alternate universe where not much is that different, just enough to be slightly off. It was bizarre and knocked me out of the book each time. There was no world building to explain. Just passing references and a glossary at the end. Oh and I didn't even mention Remy's crazy step father and how he served ZERO purpose to the plot. Why even bother having that included?
All that said, I find myself curious about the couples that this book set up. I want to know about Dan and Bryan. I'm interested in Shain. So maybe I'll still end up checking those out.