Title: The Pet Stylist and the Playboy
Series: The Hedonist
Publication Date: July 7, 2018
Length: 274 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Swish has been in love with Dante since the day the tough biker found him homeless and miserable in a gas station restroom, but Dante's never shown the younger man anything more than brotherly affection. Deciding it's time to move out of the MC's clubhouse and away from Dante, Swish takes a live-in job working in a privately-owned animal shelter where he can continue his pet stylist business. What he doesn't realize is he's not going to be as far away from the object of his affection as he thinks.
Dante's time of being a playboy biker is fast coming to a close. At summer's end he turns 30, and that means fulfilling his promise to his parents and returning to high society in the Hamptons. That dim prospect should be all Dante can think about, only Swish is moving out, and suddenly Dante can't do anything but obsess over the kid he's always thought of as a younger brother. Telling himself he's only making sure Swish is doing okay on his own, Dante takes a summer job landscaping at the animal shelter where Swish has taken a job. There he learns a few things about the young man he's never bothered to find out before, including that Swish's real name is Isaac, and he enjoys wearing a certain something under his jeans--something that Dante's surprised to find he would really like to remove--preferably with his teeth.
When Dante gives in to his need for Isaac, the playboy biker quickly finds that disentangling himself from the man he once thought of as a kid brother proves harder than expected, and that perhaps after years of one-night-stands and partying, his priorities need to change. Only not in the way his wealthy and controlling parents want them to.
Like book one it took me deeper than I assumed it would. Don't let the title fool you, there's serious depth and emotion to this story and these characters. Swish is my favorite in this series so far. He's just so outstanding, strong, and has a heart of gold. His life hasn't been easy and as I read this, I realized he truly doesn't have it very easy even now.
Dante was in a mess of a situation in this book. I didn't envy him and I was cheering for him but at the same time I had a hard time understanding him. I got why he was doing what he was doing, but I didn't understand the grip his parents had on him. I chalked it up to who I was personally and how I know I wouldn't make the decisions Dante did. For that I can't fault him. We are all made differently. That being said I loved watching him come to his senses.
The Pet Stylist and the Playboy really is a gorgeous story. Between character evolution, plot, emotion, and resolution this book really has it all. I recommend not only this book but this series.
Can't wait for more.
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