Eli Easton -The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle #2)

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Author: Eli Easton
Reviewed by: Mandy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781627983921

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

 

Summary  Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.

Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.

Review  It’s no secret that I really like Eli Easton’s stories. She has a mix of humor and emotion that works well for me.   I liked The Trouble With Tony the first book in this series and was excited to read the second book in the Sex in Seattle series, but it can easily be read as a standalone.

When I read the blurb I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to play out. Is Daniel gay? Or is he gay for Nick? Nick is married and has children, how is that going to be reconciled without me wanting to stab someone with a spoon?

Rest assured, despite me being grumpy and wanting to put a hex on some of the characters a time or two, I was able to refrain from using my scary spoon. And I actually had a slightly sappy smile on my face by the end of this book.

Daniel is successful, he’s goal driven and has very high expectations of himself. He never does anything half way, he does his homework and his research to make sure he gets what he wants. So when he finds himself suddenly sexually attracted to his best friend Nick, what does he do?  He goes to a sex clinic to help him figure out how he feels and why. I loved this part of the book, Daniel is so unintentionally funny in his seriousness in finding out where these feelings are coming from.

 “I wanted to latch onto his, you know, member, like a damn leech. That makes me gay, right?

Or vampiric

Nick’s marriage is broken, it’s hard to like his wife Marcia throughout most of the book, although I did get glimpses of her problems that helped me keep my stabbing spoon in the drawer, but just barely.  But in typical Daniel fashion, he wants Nick and after hearing how sad his marriage actually is he starts his onslaught. His father’s words have woken something in Daniel and he suddenly sees that there really is more to life than just work and success. And actually I found him to be a pretty sweet guy, with a real soft center. His studying for the baseball game was so cute.

I loved watching him woo Nick and his kids and discovering more about himself in the process. I also really liked that although Marcia was awful the majority of the book, she was still a person, she was still a mother to her children and she was redeemable.

If you are really strict on the no cheating you might want to give it a pass, and although I do not like cheating, the way it’s handled here was ok for me.  But, if you like best friends to lovers, second chances or actually in this case maybe it was a first chance at love, some pretty cool kids, a man discovering his sexuality and his priorities in life and an absolutely awesome happy sweet perfect sigh worthy epilogue for everyone, this might be the book for you. As Nick put it :

You did that, Daniel. You broke us all apart and put us back together in a way that made everything fit. And I love you so much for it.

And now I’m looking forward to Michael’s story.

 

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