Amazon • Narrator: Tommy O'Brien
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Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation-he's attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that's won him many a business deal. Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick's kids mean the world to him, and he's afraid he'll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.
The beginning of the book was really cool. Daniel Derenzo was visiting his father who was in the fight of his life against pancreatic cancer (stage 3). Daniel’s father was reflecting on his life and found that he existed but didn’t really “live”. He advised Daniel to stop focusing so much on work but spend more time experiencing life and maybe love. Daniel’s dad, affectionately known as Iron Man, advised his son that waking up when you are old and realizing your legacy was only business deals was a hollow victory.
As Daniel contemplated his father’s words and reflected on his life, he found that the thought of happiness brought him to his best friend Nick Ross. But Nick was married with two kids. It was a loveless marriage, but Nick loved his children. When Daniel and Nick had a “moment”, Daniel decided that both he and Nick deserved to be happy and fulfilled, and Daniel decided to work towards moving them to a life together.
I enjoyed the moments with the “Iron Man” as well as the moments that we got to witness Nick’s love for his children. Both guys were good men and seemed to use work to hide the emptiness and pain they had. In admixing how they felt about each other, they set themselves free from the shackles and it was sweet.
I didn’t love Daniels’ comparing sex with women like drinking cheap wine but I supposed I got his meaning about how much more rewarding sex was when he started living in his truth. I also hated that Nick was so passive and wimpy but his wife was a barracuda. The story was well written and pretty smooth. I listened to all 5 hours straight without pausing. The narrator did a job conveying the emotions the characters experienced and he kept me engaged the whole time. This is the second book I have read by Eli Easton and I plan to read more.
*Special thanks to Dreamspinner Press for the audiobook for review.