Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Eyes Only for Me
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: For years, Clayton Potter’s been friends and workout partners with Ronnie. Though Clay is attracted, he’s never come on to Ronnie because, let’s face it, Ronnie only dates women.
When Clay’s father suffers a heart attack, Ronnie, having recently lost his dad, springs into action, driving Clay to the hospital over a hundred miles away. To stay close to Clay’s father, the men share a hotel room near the hospital, but after an emotional day, one thing leads to another, and straight-as-an-arrow Ronnie make a proposal that knocks Clay’s socks off! Just a little something to take the edge off.
Clay responds in a way he’s never considered. After an amazing night together, Clay expects Ronnie to ignore what happened between them and go back to his old life. Ronnie surprises him and seems interested in additional exploration. Though they’re friends, Clay suddenly finds it hard to accept the new Ronnie and suspects that Ronnie will return to his old ways. Maybe they both have a thing or two to learn.
Review: So much to love about this story, but yet a few things that didn’t quite work for me. I loved the fact that this was like a glimpse into the lives of a group of friends that are more like brothers than acquaintances. I almost felt as if the romance between Clay and Ronnie was secondary, and that was okay, it fit this story fine. Ronnie is straight and wealthy, a guy who is pushing forty, drives an exotic car, but can’t understand why the sexy, “silicone”, young women he dates aren’t doing it for him. Clay is out and proud, but recently dumped by his long term boyfriend, and he also happens to be drawn to Ronnie, even though he knows it’s not going anywhere and destined to break his heart.
I love the gay for you trope, and this was heading that way, but it turned out to be that Ronnie really did love women….and men. He was bisexual, he just didn’t realize it until Clay. I kind of liked that the straight man didn’t turn into a gay men. It made it more realistic that his past was real and not a mistake. Clay kind of surprised me. When I first started reading, I expected Ronnie to be the aggressor in the relationship, but nope, it was all Clay. He pushes, but he is real and full of love. Everything he does throughout the story is done in a compassionate and thoughtful way because he really is a great guy.
What I struggled with, and this all me, is the first person writing style. I struggle heavily with that, but it tells you something about the story that I was able to persevere through my dislike and finish the book with a four star review. Sometimes the story does win out on a readers preferences. I also felt like Clay preached a little too much to Ronnie, and even though it works for him, it kind of didn’t work for me.
This is an easy read, and one that leaves you feeling content and refreshed at the end; I loved the epilogue. If you are looking for a nice story, with just a smidge of angst, then how can I not recommend this book?
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*