Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Swann’s Revenge
Author: Shira Anthony
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Heroes: Graham & Dan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Can a swan make peace with his ugly duckling past?
Chubby geek Jimmy Zebulon’s heart broke the day his high school crush, Danny Parker, looked on as his teammates tormented Jimmy. Fifteen years later, Jimmy is long gone, and from his ashes has risen Graham Swann, a movie-star-handsome law firm owner. Graham thinks Jimmy and his past are long forgotten—until attorney Dan Parker shows up for his first day of work.
Getting injured playing college ball was the best thing that ever happened to Dan. It turned his future in a better direction and allowed him to emerge from the closet that trapped him.
Graham wants to believe his childhood dream can come true, but he can’t bring himself to tell Dan who he really is—and their pasts might ruin any chance for a happily ever after….
As a teenager, Jimmy Zebulon was mortified and hurt when his crush, Danny Parker, watched as he was bullied by Danny’s teammates. Fortunately, he moved out of town shortly after that incident. Now years later, he’s a lawyer with a successful law firm and goes by the name Graham Swann. When he hires a new lawyer at his partner’s insistence, he’s shocked it turns out to be no other than Danny Parker and the attraction is still there. But Dan has a lady in his life… or so Graham thinks. Will Graham be able to withstand the chemistry between them or will Dan be able to convince Graham a relationship is exactly what Graham needs?
I really, really loved this book. It starts off with a bang where we get to see Danny and Jimmy as kids and then moves forward to a chance meeting between them that ends rather abruptly. It was interesting to see them before they officially met at the law firm because their past wasn’t shadowing Graham’s opinion of things. As for the characters, I really loved Dan. He was so confident and sure of himself and knew exactly what he wanted. I loved his dedication to Lacey and how he just wanted to have more time with her. Graham was a bit of an awkward, cold character. He didn’t tend to let anyone in and found it hard to interact with them outside of work. Lacey made both of them better characters, IMO, because it allowed them to get closer with a little buffer between them.
I really enjoyed this book but about two-thirds in, I started to get a little frustrated with Graham’s constant back and forth. One moment he’d be having the time of his life and the next, he’d get short and cold towards Dan and leave. It was understandable the first few times but then it just got extremely frustrating.
In the end, I really liked this one. I loved the ugly duckling trope but it also had a second chances feel to it. I loved Dan and Graham, even if Graham got on my nerves a few times. But Lacey was definitely a real treat. She sucked Graham right in and wrapped him around her finger in minutes. Dan and Graham together, though? Amazing, I loved their chemistry and adored where they ended up. I hope there’s more to see of them because I’d love to see them again!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*