Book: Michael, Reinvented
Series: Delta Restorations #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publication Date: May 19, 2017
Length: 220 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.
Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.
Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.
Sometimes fear and rejection can hold us back, but other times it can be the thing that finally propels us forward.
First and foremost, let me mention this is NOT a standalone book. You need to read book 1, David, Renewed, to get a clear understanding of the group dynamic as well as the mystery of the vandal that attacks Michael.
That being said, I loved this book! I’ve been looking forward to reading Michael’s and Gil’s story since we met them in David’s book and I fell in love with them and their snarky banter. The push and pull between these guys is what I loved, and I was glad that the author (or maybe the characters) continued that for a while in this book.
Michael doesn’t make it easy on Gil. You can tell he really likes the guy, maybe more, but is hesitant and closed off due to a past hurt that turns into a current mistrust in all things relationship. Gil is a gentle giant that was the perfect amount of strong, caring, and with a terrific sense of humor for Michael. Gil gives into the one night he can get with Michael even though he does want more. Gil is willing to stand by Michael and wait until Michael is ready to stand by his side too.
The secondary characters in this series are some of my favorites which included Pixie (because Michael’s reaction was priceless!) and Scooter (viciousness can come in small packages), to Vern (this man needs a partner...maybe Matty?) and Matty (who finally came out of his shell a bit), to Beverley (David’s Mom) and Shirley (Jackson’s Mom), to the whole town of people. These characters are what help tie the whole thing together for me. Without these secondary characters, there would be a hole left in this story. The criminal mystery that was carried from David’s book to Michael’s was woven perfectly and although it was a big part of this story it never felt like it was too much.
If you haven’t picked up David, Renewed yet DO IT NOW, then come back for Michael’s story, you will not regret it. The snark and family are strong in this one.
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