Can be read in sequence or as a standalone.
Steve is living in Portland with many regrets. He has alienated the people he cares most about by making bad choices that continue to haunt him. When he meets a kid that's in a bad relationship and needs some help, Steve reluctantly offers it, knowing it's his chance to redeem himself. What he doesn't expect is to find happiness. It's there, all he has to do it choose to accept it.
For mature readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars What I liked: - The chemistry between Joey and Steve (it was interesting from the start with how infatuated Steve was) - That the relationship built up a bit before Steve and Joey jumped into bed together. - The setup with their friends to help Joey get out of the situation he got himself into. - The worrying and depictions feelings of the characters while planning and carrying out the plan to help Joey. - The excitement and adrenaline shooting through me when I got to the part where Topher was being set up. - Seeing the friendship between Allen, and Rachael and Steve. - That the some info was given about Steve and how he handled relationships. What I didn't like: - Joey acting like a scared lamb who needed babysitting or watching over. - The author bringing up the characters (Phil and Steve) unable to be faithful, ruining relationships, etc. It was kind of off putting. It was a interesting story to read and could easily be finished in one sitting. But it wasn't really very memorable for me after I finished it. Even as I say that I anticipate reading the next book in the series. Spencer and Dylan did caught my attention and I find myself interesting in seeing how their relationship will develop and what hardships they will face.
FourStars I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Steve and "Little Duck" Joey - so sweet. I love their characters. Steve has this overprotective streak in him that I simply have to admire. Despite not knowing Joey at all, Steve takes up for him - the attraction for Steve is there and he pines away. When it becomes too much, he tries to strike up a conversation, not knowing the consequences that Joey will face. Joey is such an endearing character. Despite his innocence, I liked him right away. He was trying to find a way out for himself and got caught up with someone who was less than honest. Joey's character is so sweet to Steve, but you see hints of his old, more confident self - before Topher. I liked seeing both sides of Joey and I LOVED his nick name of little duck. I liked that the story had a lot of mystery. You were not given a lot of information about Topher, but from the impressions that Steve give, Topher is not a decent person. Grace does a good job of portraying the true hatred that Steve feels towards Topher. I could feel Joey's fear, Steve's hatred and Topher's arrogance. I also enjoyed the slight hint towards Steve's past. Having not read the previous stories, these hints helped me put more context to why Steve was the way he was towards Joey and towards his friends. This was a cute story of finding out what unconditional love is really about. I would for sure read from this author again. AvidReader FourStars I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Haven't read any of the others in the series, but was able to read this book as a standalone. Once I started reading it I needed to keep going until I finished. The style of writing drew me into the plot and kept me interested until the end. The characters came alive in the story and I found myself hoping that Steve would find happiness in the end. The author had you just wanting to hug Joey. I would like to go back and read the first two books to find out more of Steve's background. All in all, a very loving story that I enjoyed. Sherry