Reviewed by JustJen
Blurb: D is tired of playing games.
Dante “D” Vargas is home in Miami, to stay. He has a job he likes as the new head of bonds and bounty for Mack’s Security and after six years of making a mess with Trevor Mackentire, he’s ready—he thinks they’re both ready—for them to stop playing around and figure out if what they have is real. But Trevor is his boss’s son and his best friend’s younger brother so it’s not as easy as taking what he wants.
Especially when he also has to convince Trevor he’s over being afraid of his feelings and not everything is what it seems.
Trevor wants the D(ante).
Finally healthy and whole again after the effects of a major car accident, Trevor’s tired of being treated like a child by everyone he loves. He’s been handling his own for a long time. But he’s lonely. Trevor knows he shouldn’t keep setting himself up to be hurt by D’s hot-and-cold routine, but he’s cared for the man forever, and lusted for him even longer.
Yes, they set each other on fire, but old fears, old wounds, and being stuck in a game of push and pull makes it feel impossible to get it together. Maybe they should just well enough alone.
It’d be easier if every meeting, every taste didn’t leave them wanting more.
Review: What a delicious little story this was! Trevor is sort of the lone wolf of his family, choosing to stay out of the family’s security business instead working in a garage and specializing in classic car bodywork and restoration. He is still the baby of the family though, and after a bad accident a few years prior, is babied even more, especially by his brother and father.
Dante is friends and served with Trevor’s brother in the military. After a bodyguard assignment sent him to Boston for a year, he is now back and working at the family business, being set up to take the place of Trevor’s brother when he, in turn, takes over for his father.
To complicate matters a bit further, Dante is the baby daddy to his ex, who is now marrying her girlfriend. She also happens to be Trevor’s boss.
As for the guys, well, there have been sparks between them for many years which led to a few one-night hookups. They both want more, but neither has been on the same page up to this point, with actions causing hurt feelings and creating animosity over the years. Dante wants Trevor but has to find a way to convey that message. Trevor wants Dante but doesn’t believe Dante wants any more than that given their past experiences. But, neither can help but give in when the sparks just fly when they are close. And boy, do they fly. You can practically feel the heat coming off the pages with these two alpha males showing each other in subtle, and not so subtle, ways how much they like the other taking control. Lots of delicious dirty talk adds to the fire.
I really enjoy Kade’s writing style. He has a way of making things seem very real and paints quite the vivid picture. This story is just as colorful as the cover and conveyed in much the same tone. I love how he gave these characters different obstacles and how they chose to get over them and not let them get in their way once they decided they could and should make a go of it. This was a wonderful story of two guys knowing they had something to explore and following through. I loved the slightly grittier/dirtier side of it mixed with love and a bit of romance and definitely recommend you give it a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*