Length: 71,000 words approx.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?
As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.
I must admit, one of the few tropes I’ve never read is the “best-friends-older-brother.” Certainly not because I have anything against it (I had a crush on my best friends’ older brother when I was younger, after all). No, I just haven’t been able to find anything the piqued my interest.
So, when this came up for review, I jumped at it because this is the year I try new things. (Plus, the cover is all sorts of gorgeous.)
Max is a tattoo artist originally from the little town of Sweetwater. Needing a change, and to help his mother, he decides to move back home and open a little tattoo shop in his hometown. He seems to have grown somewhat accustom to the hustle and bustle of big city life, because as soon as he pulls into town, he pulled over by his best friend’s older brother, Tyler.
Tyler is a few years older than Max. He’s raising his daughter as a single dad and a sheriff’s deputy who works odd shifts, neither of which leave him much room for a personal life.
Each of them has a lot going on. Max has a new tattoo shop. He helps out at the ranch run by his mother and stepfather. And his mother has health issues that require physical therapy. And, of course, Tyler has his young daughter and his job. But somehow, a friendship develops between the two and they begin seeing each other sporadically, as friends. Tyler will pop into the shop, or they’ll run into each other when Tyler takes his daughter, Juniper, for horseback riding lessons.
The chemistry between the two works really well as friends. Max’s attraction to Tyler is almost immediate. I wish Tyler had questioned his attraction to Max a little more. After all, he had previously considered himself straight. But he’s more of a laid back, roll with the punches kind of guy, so it kind of makes sense. And I really enjoyed the scenes between Juniper and “Mr. Max”, as she calls him.
All-in-All, this was a nice, relaxing read. Yes, I wish there was a little more introspection on Tyler’s part for this newly developing relationship, and maybe it would have sold me more on the relationship itself. But beyond that, the story is straightforward with no angst. Bright as a summer’s day.
About The Author
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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