Review: Ada Maria Soto – Bowerbirds

26163102Author: Ada Maria Soto
Reviewer: Victoria
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781634761871

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:
Two very different men have a chance at happiness, but only if they can let go of their painful pasts and allow love to take precedence.

After spending his teens and twenties raising his son, James Maron is now dating Gabriel Juarez, the wealthy and sophisticated CFO of the TechPrim technology empire. But after a life of proudly holding his head above the poverty line with the ethos of work, priorities, responsibility, and thrift, he is not looking for a Sugar Daddy, he does not need to be rescued, and Gabe’s wealth is as terrifying as feeling love for the first time.

Gabe has never been good at balancing his high-pressure job with his relationships. Money usually clears most of the bumps, and when a boyfriend walks away, Gabe figures it’s for a good reason. But James isn’t like other boyfriends. He doesn’t want Gabe’s money for one, and if Gabe wants to keep his relationship together, he will have to finally face the ghosts of his own past and reconsider his priorities.

Review:
Bowerbirds is the second book in the Nested Hearts series by Ada Maria Soto. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease.

In the first chapter, the author did a great job of drawing the reader into the story. By the end of the chapter, I was excited to finish the story. The author was able to portray a unique and original voice that carried throughout the book. The author created a world that was easy to picture and included a place and time frame that helped. The author’s world was easy to connect too. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The characters come across as unique and realistic. I liked that the two main characters, Gabriel and James each had flaws making them believable. They seemed to leap off the page.

The point of view alternated between Gabriel and James, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is Gabriel and James making their relationship work when they are from two different worlds including financial. I loved how the story played out. It was hard to predict what would happen next. The level of conflict was perfect, anymore and it would have detracted from the overall storyline. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.

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