The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey
Tyler O’Connor, a successful antiques dealer, meets aspiring artist Mark Burke when Mark’s mother decides to sell some of her antiques collection. Tyler is enchanted by the quiet, reserved artist and works up the courage to ask Mark to dinner. Despite the date’s success and their mutual attraction, Mark’s happiness takes a blow when his mother learns that he is gay and throws him out of the house. Unsure of where to go, Mark shows up on Tyler’s doorstep and finds shelter.
Tyler’s encouragement and support help kick-start Mark’s career, especially when Mark finds that Tyler inspires him in the bedroom as well as the studio. But they’re daunted when bad memories of the past, struggles in the present, and fear for the future strain Mark and Tyler’s budding relationship. As the old saying goes, the best revenge is living well—and in this case—loving well, and with that in mind, Mark and Tyler go in search of happily ever after.
This book was a bit bland. Now the writing was good and the plot interesting but it was too….perfect. The characters have neither had much experience in real relationships. Tyler hasn’t dated in years and Mark was in the closet to his family. When they got together it happened so fast and without the hiccups that would follow with something developing this quickly.
The sex scenes weren’t all that interesting. A pet peeve of mine is over using a sexual related word. I read butt a lot. I don’t think this word is particularly sexy but can read through a scene with it but the repeat in the sex scenes throughout the book really put me off.
The characters are great romantic ones and make you wish there were people like this all over but they were just a little too sappy. Now this isn’t saying some couple couldn’t be this way but they barely fought and when it did happen it was not well explained and on top of that everything seemed to be handed to them pretty easily and a bit, in my opinion, unrealistically. There was some tragedy but it was fairly easily recovered from and everything fell into place after that. It all is just a little too perfect.
I normally LOVE this author’s work and this won’t put me off the rest of the series or deter me from reading more of his work. This one just didn’t work for ME.
Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press, M/M Romance, Novel, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.