Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Changing the Things You Can
Author: Ari McKay
Series: 2014 Daily Dose – Mended
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 59 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Devastated by the death of his best friend from a drug overdose, rock star Devon Bailey retreats to his hometown to grieve. When his fragile emotional state causes him to break down in a local bakery, owner Michael Behrman comes to his rescue.
Michael’s nurturing instincts prompt him to reach out to Devon, offering support and a comforting shoulder, and the two grow closer. Michael’s feelings for Devon deepen into something more–but how can he know whether Devon feels anything more for him than gratitude?
Famous rock star, Devon Bailey, returns to is hometown to grieve his best friend and bandmate who overdosed while they were on tour. Emotionally fragile, Devon just wants some peace and quiet well away from the media and any fans. When he breaks down in a bakery, he’s comforted by Michael, an old classmate from high school. Noticing how vulnerable Devon is, Michael takes it upon himself to help Devon as much as he can by giving him a shoulder to cry on but with Michael’s help old crushes resurface that have both men wondering if their feelings are something more than just gratitude.
This was a very sweet story. I adore stories where classmates who weren’t friends in high school get together years later. In this one, Devon is extremely fragile and aching over the loss of his best friend. Not only that but he feels guilty for his friend overdosing and feels like he had a role in the overdose. Michael sees how much Devon is hurting and his protective and nurturing instincts kick in, prompting him to make things easier for Devon. It was really sweet the way Michael took care of Devon and stuck up for him when he felt like Devon was being wrongly accused. Michael became Devon’s rock to get through the funeral and the guilt and I really liked it.
With that said, while I enjoyed this story, I felt like it just wasn’t long enough to really do the book justice, which meant there wasn’t enough depth to the characters, the situation or their love at the end for me to really get to know them and invest in them emotionally. So, while the characters were intriguing, the story just wasn’t as developed as it could have been, especially the ending which felt a little out of place.
In the end, though, I loved the concept behind the plot and I adored the fact that these two once had crushes on each other and didn’t pursue anything until now. I really wished the story had been longer because I would have loved to not only explore Michael and Devon’s relationship further but to also get to know them better.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*