Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: June 15, 2015
Length: 197 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, that desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter's first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.
Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.
The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.
Ethan Daniels has a life style most would be envious of but it all comes at the expense of doing a job that at its core is the opposite of everything he is. But he’s good at compartmentalizing much like he does with being bisexual. It’d never been an issue before his divorce but now his attraction to men has been more apparent than ever before and Charles Woods, his daughter's first grade teacher, isn’t helping at all. Now Ethan’s struggles are just beginning.
Charles Woods loves being a teacher, has great friends that he gets together with regularly but what he doesn't do is romantic relationships. Sex is great but he never sees the same guy more than a couple of times but after meeting Ethan that changes. Since Ethan is in the closet that shouldn't be too much of a problem since it’s not like more can grow with the closeted man, right?
This was a pretty low angst story but definitely had some emotional scenes as we watched Ethan go through these life altering decisions with his job, his daughter, and especially with his sexuality. Struggles that bring him on this emotional roller coaster of feelings which I will secretly admit to loving! Charles is not without his own struggles and he is slower to get through them, to trust that one day it isn’t all going to fall apart or that it doesn't all need to be perfect for it to work out.
I loved Deirdre, Ethan's ex-wife, because she was one tough cookie who told it like it was to Ethan; even while crossing some lines in order to help him when he really needed the push. Even though it could’ve added to the story and it didn’t hurt to not have it there. I do wish we could’ve learned more about his daughter Fiona and got a better feeling of their father daughter relationship since she was one of his main excuses for living the way he was. The other secondary characters were a great addition to the story especially Abby, Girish, and Josh!
One complaint is that it ended too fast without enough showing of how the main character (don’t want to tell you which one) decided it was all OK. He seemed to go from saying no, no we can’t move-in to it being 6 months later and he’s going to say yes this time. What happened in those 6 months to change his mind? That is the question the author needed to answer before wrapping it up in what was otherwise a really sweet ending. Overall, it was great story with wonderful characters!
Keelan Ellis was a new to me author but I will definitely be reading more in the future!
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