Author: Ethan Day
Reviewed by: Cat
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 978-1-60735-579-3
Cain Elliott is a desperate man – on the brink of losing La Terraza, the 1920’s Spanish style courtyard apartment complex his grandmother left him in her will, he’s faced with the option of selling to a real estate developer or losing the building outright, due to the costs of upkeep that have now left him teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. One setback after another has slowly whittled away any hope he’d been harboring to turn the tides. Having time for little else in life, Cain’s guilt over his failure to protect the home of those who reside within the walls of La Terraza has crippled his spirit.
On the partnership fast-track at the flashy architectural firm of Hamilton-Bach, Henry Abrams is new in town, a little lonely and looking for inspiration. Tired of games and longing for something real, Henry discovers the road to happiness could lie in the arms of the sad, uncomplicated Cain Elliott.
Discovering that Hamilton-Bach represents the mysterious entrepreneur attempting to purchase La Terraza, combined with the self-doubt and mistrust over a love that develops too fast, leave both men struggling to decide whether or not they can truly find…Love in La Terraza.
This is another good book from an author who knows what his readers love. Mr. Day does a great job of creating characters that are witty, charming and loving, while also in the mist of self-loathing, sitting a table all alone, drinking a whole bottle of Boones Farm wine and celebrating a pity party of one. I loved every minute of it. They resonate with the reader and the pity party counterpart is just as endearing. There is a constant Yin and Yang that is ever present in his books, and that these two characters were meant for each other because they physically, emotionally and comically balance each other out and the characters in this story are no different.
Cain was a wonderful breath of fresh air, when he wasn’t wallowing in pool of self guilt. He keeps on a happy face for those around him, those he feels responsible for. He was given this wonderful property by his grandmother and he is doing everything in his power to keep it from falling down around his ears. Then in walks Henry, well more like dives in, but he is able to do something for Cain that has not been done in a long time. Make him smile.
The dialogue between these two is comedic and stirring. I would be laughing one minute and on the verge of tears the next, all of it good I assure you. With the wonderful eclectic group of secondary characters that you meet throughout the book, you are sure to call this a classic. I was left picturing the characters of Bosom Buddies, Three’s Company and Golden Girls on the set of Melrose Place. I know an odd mix but somehow Mr. Day makes it work.
As a fan I was excited to get to read a book from one of my favorite authors. As a reviewer this was a great story that flowed seamlessly and captured me from the beginning so much so that I did not want it to end. It is no wonder why I gave this story such a rating. I cannot wait to see what else that this author has in store for us.