Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Genre: MM Contemporary
Summary: Sometimes finding your place in the world can lead to love.
Kieran Walters is the illegitimate son of a successful businessman. Despite striving to win his father’s affection, a confrontation that has been years in the making leaves Kieran devastated to realize he will never be good enough. Jealous of the half brother he’s never met, and who most likely doesn’t know of his existence, Kieran vows to find out what makes his brother so special in their father’s eyes.
Darius Jensen manages a nightclub. He loves his job, but is reluctant to commit when given the opportunity to become a partner. His previous foray into business ownership with a boyfriend had disastrous results, and Darius is still paying the price, both financially and emotionally.
When Kieran starts working with Darius at Sparks, Darius shows him it’s not too late for Kieran to realize his dreams—the fulfilling career, a loving family, and someone who loves him for who he is. If only Kieran can convince Darius of the same thing. But before Kieran’s and Darius’s dreams can come true, Kieran needs to come clean with his brother and deal with the resulting fallout… which threatens his relationship with Darius.
Review: You have to feel for Kieran. His father, Paul, is a rich, arrogant businessman who has, for more than twenty years, treated his mother like a booty call. Now that his wife is dead, Kieran’s mom thinks they will be a happy family but of course that isn’t happening. To make things worse, she often puts Paul ahead of everything, including Kieran. While I hated Paul, I laid blame on mom as well. Quit being a doormat! Add in that Paul has a legitimate family, with a successful son, Marcus, and you know something has to give.
In a desperate attempt to find out what Marcus has that Kieran doesn’t as far as their father goes, and since he is floundering with what to do with his life anyway, he gets a job at Sparks, the club Marcus owns. Here he meets, Darius, the club manager and sparks (ha!) fly. Darius has some baggage of his own and so the two have their work cut out for them.
Darius is a good listener and he gives Kieran support and advice about his wretched father, even while not knowing the connection between Marcus and Kieran. I appreciated that no one can “fix” the relationship between Paul and Kieran or Kieran and his mother, for that matter, but we do get to see Kieran start to take responsibility and control of his own life, while Darius works on opening up. We get quite a bit of Marcus, Tyler and Lilly, as well.
I would recommend this one, pretty angst free while not quite fluffy.