Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Summary: He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect.
Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has him fretting over the future, he decides he needs a husband, and not just any husband—an appropriate man to protect the Hart legacy. The last thing Matthew expects is to cross paths with Jax Foster, his first love and the boy who crushed his heart when he disappeared.
Jax is unlikely to make Matthew’s list of suitable candidates. Bad boy, vagabond, deep in debt, with a father who can’t keep out of trouble, Jax has nothing to offer—except his heart and a second chance at the romance they never got to explore.
Review: I haven’t read much from Charlie Cochet, and was very happy to get this charming second chance romance. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, Matthew and Jax’s characters fit quite well together, and enhanced by having both POV’s. Matthew is wealthy but down to earth, unpretentious, and loyal to his family and employees. Jay is a gifted artist but very insecure about both his ability to be part of Matthews life and future repercussions from his dad’s terrible gambling addiction. Unfortunately, these qualities allow their emotions and actions to be manipulated by people with bad intentions.
The story is populated with strong secondary figures, including Martin, Matthew’s dad, and Adam, his executive assistant. Martin and Adam’s machinations were behind the reunion and Adam remained crucial to the narrative throughout the book. Ms. Cochet’s trademark humorous dialogue peppers the narrative, like Jax’s thoughts when confronted with Matthew’s opulent penthouse:
He’d never seen a fridge that told you the weather and played videos. “I’m kind of afraid to touch it. It’s not going to tase me or something because I’m not cleared for access?”
There was an interesting plot, with meddling relatives, disastrous misunderstandings, suspense and danger. It’s not a terribly complex plot but it provides a little surprise twist and obscures the exact identity behind the trouble. A less than savory character is a later addition to the cast, and may indicate a future sequel for Adam. It’s a fun, sexy, adventurous little romance that I really enjoyed reading.