Billionaire with Benefitsby Anne Tenino
Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne's sex life is strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn't improve much. Why bother trying when the man he's loved for fourteen years (see: "best friend") is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at
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It's just a friend thing....
Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne's sex life is strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn't improve much. Why bother trying when the man he's loved for fourteen years (see: "best friend") is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.
Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he's immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton's feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .
But post-rehab Tierney can't handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?
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This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as part of the ROMANCELANDIA series.
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So good. A continuation of the series starting with Sam and Ian, this book (book 2) is all about Tierney. It shows how he got to where he was when he fights with Ian over his coming out (book 1). His upbringing and Grandfather created a fake personality in Tierney that took over and drove him to drink to numb the pain of hiding from himself and his feelings for so many years. Dalton was also in the first book, briefly, as Ian's new assistant. We get a more in-depth look at who he is and how his history shaped him. He has a painful few years after he gets caught with his boyfriend in high school and is kicked out of his house. He still has issues over that and the way he dealt with the rejection from his parents. The real heartbreak for me was Tierney. I adored Dalton and how hard he was trying to overcome his past and insecurities, but Tierney broke my heart. The hurt he caused for so many years pushing people away and being a douchbag in order to hide who he was inside was killing him. His fight with alcohol to numb things was so sad because he had a hard time seeing a way out of it. When he finally realized, I mean really got it, that his Grandfather could no longer control him, he just broke. It was awesome and tragic at the same time. Overall, such a great book. Totally worth the buy and over 300 pgs on my Nook. Now I'm dying to find out more about Miller and revisiting my fave MC's from this series.
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I love me my Anne Tenino so I’m not going to dilly-dally around with how great the book is (duh!) – I’ll go straight to the character reviews. Let’s start with Tierny. First of all, I used to live in a town named Terrebonne so I felt an immediate affinity with him. Second, I just adored Tierny’s inner voices. They’re the inner voices my inner voices aspire to become. Gay or straight, Tierny is most definitely one of those men we all love to ‘fix’. He’s not too broken, just broken enough to be endearing. Dalton appeared in the first Romancelandia book, Too Stupid to Live, and has now garnered his own book. Dalton was broken but he managed to fix himself (also endearing). Dalton is second only to Sam in romanticism. He may not have a wide circle of friends but those few that are close have his undivided support and love. I would love to have this friend in my life. The sweetest moment of the whole book for me was when Tierny gave Dalton a book. The simplest and plainest of gifts but for a reader, it’s the most heartfelt. If a man ever gave me a book, I think I’d have the same reaction Dalton did – hug the book against my chest and have sex with the giver. Favorite Quote: Dalton had no excuse for seducing Tierney like this, except gratitude. For the gift, or rather the thought behind the gift. For making him feel special, and acknowledged. For taking Dalton’s own preferences – even a simple, mundane one like reading – into account. Had anyone, ever, done that? … No one had ever though about what he would like.
To be honest, this story started out a bit slow and confusing to me personally. But thankfully it started to pick up and once that happened, I couldn’t put the book down! I am really glad that I ended up pushing though the beginning because this book was one that I am glad to say that I read, because it was so well written and amazingly done that if I wasn’t already a fan of Ms. Tenino I would be now! I thought that the characters were extremely well written; the attention to detail given to each one was done very well and it kept me very interested in them and wondering what was going to happen next. I especially liked how Ms. Tenino was able to talk about something that is very serious, a drinking problem, in a way that while she used comedy to almost offset how serious the topic was, she was still able to show how serious of a problem it is. And how important recovery is. I personally liked Tierney’s character the best, but that is because I am a total sucker for the anguish characters. What he was going through was so powerful, being able to follow along with what he was dealing with, and to be able to see the change in him throughout the story was really enjoyable for me personally. I also liked how Ms. Tenino brought back Sam and Ian from the first book in the series. While they played an important role in this book, they didn’t overtake any scenes that they were in, which was something I was worried about because Sam is such a powerful and strong character. But in this book, he was more there to be supportive. Overall I did enjoy the book and I hope that Ms. Tenino will be releasing another book in this series soon. Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*