Series: Border Crossing #2
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Length: 213 pages
Reviewed by Michael
After a night at the movies in Albuquerque, NM, Brantley’s best friend, Matt, is shot right in front him during a robbery. Stunned and devastated, Brant tries to help Matt’s husband, Travis, deal with the funeral details even as he struggles with his own grief and Travis’s blame. When Travis’s best friend arrives, Brant is both annoyed and grateful, because he is so darn tired and can use the help.
Lex Espana is ashamed to admit he hasn’t seen his childhood best friend since Travis’s wedding. He’s even more amazed that he barely remembers Brant from that wedding, because he’s sure interested now. While it’s weird to fall for someone at a funeral, his feelings for Brant are real and make him long for a life he didn’t realize he was missing.
Neither Lex nor Brant knows how to be part of an us, though, and they both have a lot to work through before they can settle in. To become a real couple, Brant and Lex will have to dig deep to get past the roadblocks in their relationship.
I’ve heard it’s not that uncommon to hook up with someone following a wedding. Which makes sense. Emotions are running high, everyone is filled with the idea of love, and the booze is flowing.
But a funeral?
Not so much.
To be fair, Lex and Brant didn’t initially meet at a funeral. They were the best men at their best friend’s wedding. But nothing came of the initial meeting.
Fast forward a few years, and Brant’s best friend, Matt, is gunned down right in front of him. Lex’s best friend is now a widower, and Lex rushes home to be of assistance. Brant and Lex reconnect.
This book is intense in the beginning, jumping right into the night of the murder and the immediate fall out. I was all for it, too, because it would provide an opportunity to really dive into the characters, to show them through the grieving process and come out the other side stronger for it.
But then it turned into something else entirely, almost super sweet. To use an analogy that’s appropriate for these guys, since apparently, they absolutely love to eat, reading this at times was like eating a piece of baklava. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dessert, but sometimes I want a piece of pumpkin pie or bowl of ice cream. It reminded me of the beginnings of a relationship when everything is new and perfect, and you can’t wait to see the other person again.
But that can only last so long before real life and real personalities begin to emerge. That’s the true test of any relationship, when the bright shine begins to face, and you begin to see the person for who they really are. Thankfully, this does happen toward the end of the book, I just wish it had happened earlier to allow each personality truly to shine.
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