Author: Cat Grant
Publisher: Cat Grant Books
Genre: MM Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9780988484061
Summary: Tired of taking a backseat to his lover Eric Courtland’s burgeoning political career, Nick Thompson decides to call it quits. A devastated Eric seeks consolation in liquor—and the arms of college friend Ally Taylor.
Their passionate rebound affair deepens into something more. Still, Ally’s thrown when Eric proposes marriage, with no mention of love. His wealth and connections would certainly help her career, but is their intense physical connection and Eric’s promise of fidelity enough?
Ally soon finds herself falling for her husband, and he for her. But the growing bond between the newlyweds is threatened when Nick re-enters the picture. Secrets, lies and betrayal will add up to heartbreak for everyone—unless Eric can bring himself to choose between the man he’s loved for over a decade, or the wife he can’t bear to hurt.
Review: Man, it was hard for me to review this one. It was love and hate relationship I had with the book. For starters, I didn’t like how Eric Courtland had turned out in the third book. I understand he had a lot of things to prove, but he really didn’t need to. His father was gone and there was no one for him to prove things to any longer. It happened about nine to ten years after from the second book (Strictly Business). It was a huge gap that was for sure. It seemed like there were a lot of things going on during that years.
It bothered me so much how Eric treated Nick at the beginning of the story. Nick was right and I was glad Nick made up his mind. It forced Eric to realize what a mistake he made. Throughout the story, it seemed that Eric was struggled to forget Nick and found himself a new woman…well…the same woman who had been Nick’s best friend first that soon became Eric’s too. I adored Ally very much. I liked how she reacted to what was happening around her. That was the small part I approved of how Eric treated Ally by getting her the job she’d dreamt to have.
When Eric proposed Ally, it surprised me. It clearly had surprised Ally, too. I mean, they weren’t together as fuck-buddy long enough to be considering marriage. I had a feeling I’d not appreciate the ending and I didn’t. Unfortunately. That made me disliked Eric completely. Nick, on other hand, I will see when I read The Arrangement (fourth book in the series but an actual first book in the series because the first three are prequels.). So, yeah, you can see what mixed feeling I had toward the book.
Now, the reason why I rated it higher than three hearts: the writing was really done well and it was an easy read for me. The author made me feel something for the characters. It made me mad, upset, happy, and countless emotions during the reading of this book. The sex scenes between Eric and Ally were done well. The conflict in the story came across well. It constantly surprised me how the plot turned out. Highly recommended if you want to learn more about Eric whether you would like him or not. I, for one, didn’t like Eric. Instead, I’m hoping for the secondary characters.