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Length: 66,000 words approx.
Rainbow Place Series
After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.
Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the café and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.
Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.
Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.
I’m always happy to return to Rainbow Place Cafe and this book was no exception. This time we have Dylan and Joe’s story and there were parts that were hard to read.
Joe is an aspiring writer and spends his days at RP Cafe writing his book, while there he attracts the attention of Dylan, an employee. These two are attracted to each other, but Joe is in a long term relationship. Joe’s partner is not a very kind man, he drinks too much and is not supportive at all. Honestly, he’s a pretty abusive, selfish man. Eventually it all becomes too much for Joe and the relationship ends. This is where things get a bit tricky and Joe and Dylan both question how fast is too fast for what they feel for the other. There are some bumps in the road, but some things are worth fighting for.
There is instant chemistry here and I’m so glad the author uses it to build a platonic relationship between Joe and Dylan first. It’s hard to see someone struggling with their partner in their own home, a place that should be a sanctuary. There’s a place in the book where Dylan says “Not all abuse is physical” and that’s so true. My heart aches for Joe, he makes so many overtures and puts so much effort into a man who doesn’t deserve him. It’s sad because you can see there was once a lot of love there. This was a really sweet read of letting go of the past and of new beginnings. I’m looking forward to returning to Rainbow Place and seeing what’s next for these guys.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.
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