Book Review: The Empty Box by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: The Empty Box
Authors: Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Series: The Square Peg #3
Heroes: Dave/Jeremy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 273 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Dave’s taking life day by day after leaving Travis, his emotionally abusive partner of fifteen years. Working as the cook at the Square Peg is all the social life he has and he’s content with that.

When a swerving car leaves him sprawled on the snowy sidewalk with a broken ankle, being rescued by his new neighbor, young, sinfully pretty Jeremy, seems like the start of something good, even if twenty years separate the two men. But Travis isn’t content to let Dave slip away and Dave’s his own worst enemy, holding Jeremy at arms’ length when Jeremy wants to get as close as possible.

With decisions about his future complicated by his tangled past, can Dave accept the second chance Jeremy offers or will his heart stay empty of love?

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Review: It was fun to get back with the Square Peg gang and nice to see things are going well for everyone and that Vin/Patrick and Ben/Shane are still going strong.

This segment is about the Square Peg’s head cook, Dave, who has basically been keeping to himself after finally getting away from his crazy, drug addicted, mentally abusive, ex, Travis. He had pretty much let himself become a doormat for Travis, though the two shared a long history together. They’ve been apart for about a year and a half at this point, but Dave still feels he isn’t ready for any kind of relationship.

When Dave is almost run over by a car, he injures himself when he lands on the sidewalk. Jeremy happens to be there and helps him. Needing Jeremy’s help somewhat forces Jeremy into Dave’s life, but due to Dave’s reluctance to enter into a relationship, let alone with someone as young as Jeremy, Jeremy begrudgingly accepts friendship.

Jeremy is basically a loner too, unless you can count his cat. He spends his time building computers, which he does out of his apartment as a career. He is drawn to his new neighbor, wanting to help as much as he can just so he can spend time with him. Things go on like this for a while, and their friendship grows. But, it doesn’t take long before the big issue comes to light – Travis.

This is where I think the story turned for me. It wasn’t so much Travis and Dave’s past, because I actually enjoyed that part. But, things just seemed to not add up. They haven’t had contact for almost a year and a half. Dave has blocked him, changed his numbers and basically removed Travis from his life. Then, when Dave meets Jeremy, Travis is front and center being a crazy stalker. When things turn dangerous towards Jeremy, Dave realizes something needs to be done. Now, Dave is over with Travis – finished, stick a fork in him, done. But, they have like a 10 year history, so he has some remaining feelings. Still, he is very back and forth about the whole situation. Towards the end, there are certain events with Travis that send Dave into a world of despair, to the point of almost ruining his relationship with Jeremy. It seemed so drastic to me that I just wasn’t buying it. I think Travis just took too much of the spotlight away from Dave and Jeremy.

But, enough of that. Dave is a bit whiney, but once he got past the age deal, which took him a long time, these two were really great together. Jeremy was super sweet and cute and could not have been any more supportive of Dave and his endeavors, and the same can be said for his Square Peg friends/family. Luckily, Dave realizes this in the end, and things end on a good note.

For the reasons stated above, I did not enjoy this story as much as the previous two, but it was still quite good. I’m a big fan of this writing duo and really like their style. Again, it was great seeing the other characters again, and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this world.

Overall Impression: I liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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