When I started reading it, I was expecting a nice and light comedy about a bachelor auction and 2 best friends with benefits. Wade is an hot firefighter but he is somehow like an homemade pie, simple and “natural”: he likes a good beer, good friends and good sex. He is not complicated and he doesn’t like to fake an interest in women he has not, and so, after years and years of being the hot piece in a charity bachelor auction, this year he has decided to come out and to hope for a man that will bid on him.
Jared is Wade’s friend, and when the time comes he is the one who bids for him; not only that he takes Wade home and they share a wonderful night together, only to having Jared being shit scared afterward and practically kicking Wade out of his bed and home… only to come back a week after and self-inviting himself into Wade’s bed… only to leave him cold soon after sex.
As I said, Wade, and the reader with Wade, is not able to understand what is happening: where is their light comedy, their romance going? Where are the champagne and bed of roses? Where is the happily ever after? Something shadowy and scaring is haunting Jared, something that is preventing him to fully enjoy his love and lover. And in a way, Wade, with his reassuring attitude, healthy living and plain behaviour will be the answer to Jared’s past scars.
My only, very little complain, is that in a realistic situation, Jared would be probably too much damaged to be really able to enjoy his romance with Wade, but to be true with the author, she didn’t give them a pink glasses perspective happily ever after, Jared and Wade will not have an easy path in front of them, and Jared is not totally “cured” at the end of this story, but at least they are on the right path.
Amazon Kindle: Say It Again
Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 26, 2010)
Cover Art by Reese Dante