It’s just a friend thing.
Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life is strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.
Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .
But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?
Review: I love me my Anne Tenino so I’m not going to dilly-dally around with how great the book is (duh!) – I’ll go straight to the character reviews.
Let’s start with Tierny. First of all, I used to live in a town named Terrebonne so I felt an immediate affinity with him. Second, I just adored Tierny’s inner voices. They’re the inner voices my inner voices aspire to become. Gay or straight, Tierny is most definitely one of those men we all love to ‘fix’. He’s not too broken, just broken enough to be endearing.
Dalton appeared in the first Romancelandia book, Too Stupid to Live, and has now garnered his own book. Dalton was broken but he managed to fix himself (also endearing). Dalton is second only to Sam in romanticism. He may not have a wide circle of friends but those few that are close have his undivided support and love. I would love to have this friend in my life.
The sweetest moment of the whole book for me was when Tierny gave Dalton a book. The simplest and plainest of gifts but for a reader, it’s the most heartfelt. If a man ever gave me a book, I think I’d have the same reaction Dalton did – hug the book against my chest and have sex with the giver.
Favorite Quote: Dalton had no excuse for seducing Tierney like this, except gratitude. For the gift, or rather the thought behind the gift. For making him feel special, and acknowledged. For taking Dalton’s own preferences – even a simple, mundane one like reading – into account.
Had anyone, ever, done that? … No one had ever though about what he would like.