on October 13th, 2014
Pages: 284 Pages
Stuntman and two-time cancer survivor Memphis Haines excels at beating the odds. When he’s presented with the opportunity to help his ex-boyfriend with a charity event, he jumps at the chance to make up for the devastating way he left Tyler ten years ago. Memphis might have taken the college geek’s virginity, but the former mathelete is now a hell of a head turner. And Dr. Tyler Hall’s cool reserve is a challenge Memphis can’t resist. A self-confessed rule breaker and line crosser, he keeps turning up the heat with one goal in mind: to melt the man’s composure.
Tyler Hall sticks to one simple mandate: no more dating ex-boyfriends. Ever. He certainly isn't interested in hooking up with Memphis Haines, the ex who jumps off buildings, dodges explosions, and poses for designer underwear ads. Ten years ago, falling for Memphis changed Tyler’s life. The man’s abrupt departure turned his world inside out. But he moved on long ago. Besides, he has a clinic for the homeless to run, patients to take care of, and no time to deal with the trouble his ex brings. Memphis, however, seems determined to rehash the past. And his boxer-dropping grin, hard body, and confident charm are resurrecting ultra-hot memories best not remembered, making Tyler’s rule harder and harder to keep..
Tyler Hall was first introduced in Book 1, The Backup Boyfriend (see my review: http://ohmyshelves.com/?p=1435), as the business partner and ex-boyfriend of Dr. Alec Johnson. Tyler aka “Ice man” appeared to be a callous jerk who threw away a great guy and just generally unfeeling. In this book, we got to meet Tyler from his own perspective, and experience his journey from college to his status as partner in Front Street Clinic, serving a disadvantaged population.
If you read book 1, you know that Tyler’s friend Noah and Alec insisted Tyler to invited Memphis Haines, stunt man extraordinaire to the charity to raise funds for Front Street Clinic. Memphis Haines was a celebrity and if he would agree to be in their date auction, his name would bring much needed publicity to their cause. The problem is that Memphis Haines was Tyler’s ex and Tyler never full got over the breakup. But Tyler put on his big boy britches, and went in person to speak to Memphis. Thus began the journey to healing and a second chance at love.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I experienced a gamut of emotions while reading this book but after an ugly cry, I was full of joy. Let me repeat, I loved this one. I like how the author wrote it, alternating chapters of Tyler then and Tyler now. It gave us a chance to juxtapose college Tyler with adult Tyler and it was obvious that this guy had grown up and tried to make the most with what life had given him. If you didn’t like him in book 1, this book redeemed him in my opinion or at least let you see his decision making from his perspective. Memphis was also a likable character. It was very clear that the brash persona hid a man trying to find joy in a life where he felt that he had been dealt a raw hand. I appreciate that he asked for forgiveness although it would have been nice if he hadn’t waited 10 years to do so.
The story telling was so smooth, so captivating that I stayed up reading. Even if the ending was predictable, it was still so enjoyable. I felt my heart pounding in some instances, and I had to stop and wipe my eyes in others. Moment of truth for both MC’s was Memphis’ admission: “It’s hard being somebody’s everything…It’s an exhausting pair of shoes to fill…I’m sorry Ty!” I believe this conversation was Memphis exposing himself completely and it was also the light bulb moment for Ty. I really felt the emotion. This book was so good to me. If you love angst full second chance romances, this one is for you. It certainly ranks in my top 5 favorite reads of 2014.
Re Book 3: It’s time for Noah to get his comeuppance though and I can’t wait for book 3 because I believe we have met the right man for the job.