On the surface, Ricky Thompson’s life is one long party. His razor sharp wit and unwavering sexual confidence masks his true pain and suffering, and that’s how he wants to keep things. Ten years after the death of his fiancé, Ricky has completely given up on the illusion of love. Wild nights in the bar and even wilder casual sex have become his coping mechanism, and he wants to keep the party going at whatever cost. When he is attacked in a dark alley and left for dead, Ricky’s life takes an unexpected turn and the party suddenly comes to an end.
Chase Brody doesn’t know where life is taking him. Between running his gym and raising his son, Dylan, the only time he puts himself first is his once a week trip to the gay bars. His family has convinced him he needs to find a mother for Dylan, so he keeps his sexual desires secret. He always believed women were for love and men were for sex, but he is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew when he stumbles across a helpless man in need of his help.
After Chase takes Ricky to the hospital, he offers him free self-defense classes, but it soon grows into something more complicated and both men are forced to listen to their hearts once again. Chase doesn’t know how Ricky will fit into his difficult life, and Ricky can’t seem to let go of his past heartache. With so much at stake, will these men admit they were wrong about love and surrender their hearts to each other, or is the risk too great?
WOW! Ricky had me from page one until the end! Ricky is a character you can't help but root for, he's sweet and sexy, strong and sad all in one. Ricky is a complicated soul who is on the brink of loosing what friends and love he has because he's not able to deal with himself being , he doesn't think happy and himself belong.
Chase OMG OMG OMG Chase is sexy, badass and such a great father, I wanted his happiness so badly throughout this story. Love Dylan too, he's smart and sweet, Chase's other family members...well you'll have to read this story to find out but WTF. These two characters together fit perfectly. They are not what you would expect to be a perfect couple but they fit, they both need love and they definitely both need happiness, but they connect on a level that was amazingly written. I love Tom and Cole, Ricky's bestfriends, they want what's best for him but get exasperated at him at times, so many funny parts. This story just flows perfectly, the characters are great and there's lots of WTF moments. One character who I will not mention is AMAZING! lol. Sweetheart! Thanks Ashley John for sharing this story with me I truly enjoyed it! 5 stars
Ashley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiancé and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you're living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.
Find Ashley John at ashleyjohn.co.uk