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Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.
Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.
While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.
When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.
This is my exasperated face. I think I’m more upset that I had to give this lower rating to an author I like. Brandon Witt is such a sweet person, and unfortunately it wouldn’t be fair to whoever reads the blog for me to lie about my rating. Sure I could give him 5 stars for being an amazing person, but it doesn’t negate the fact that I disliked everything but the dogs and Noah in this story.
I don’t do well with the rich family and holding people hostage tropes. Meaning, I’m so over the fact that grown adults are under the thumb of their parents for money. This was different, Randall turned his family down, so why didn’t he have a back bone? Why is it okay for a 35 yr old to have every aspect of his life controlled? It pissed me off big time, and as soon as I knew that was the way it was going it kinda turned me off from the rest of the story. I mean, he said he turned down the money, but it didn’t seem that way. The entire scandal was so OTT. The Steward situation bothered me big time. Randall gave up. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.
UGh!!! I liked Noah big time. He’s my kind of guy. What I didn’t like was the way they kinda fell into the relationship. I figured you haven’t seen him for over 10 years, and people changed. To automatically try to get that kid love back was juvenile in my mind. I would have like to see them work up to a connection with one another. I would liked it to have been super slow, and I would have liked Randall to grow a pair, and stand up for himself.
This just didn’t work for me. As much as I love Brandon Witt, I just couldn’t connect and deal with it. I am looking forward to more of his work though.