Reviewed by Danielle
SERIES: Delta Restorations #2
AUTHOR: Diana Copland
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGHT: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2017
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.
Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.
Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.
I can honestly say I have been waiting for this book since the moment I finished reading David Renewed. I fell completely in love with the characters while reading that story and it is on my top list of 2016. So like I said, seeing this book finally being released made me all excited and I couldn’t wait to read this.
After reading this I feel a bit in limbo. Yes I love the characters. All the men of Delta restorations, their stories, reading about them all and I am so extremely happy that we get to see all the men! It’s not a stand alone story, and I would be lying if I said it was just as great as book 1 because it just wasn’t.
Where in book one I immediately felt a connection with David and Jackson and I was constantly eager to read more. I missed that feeling with Gil and Michael. Don’t get me wrong there is a connection between them, I mean I remember asking in my review for their story, but the constant pulling back from Michael really turned me of at some times.
The playfulness between them is great but for some reason it just kept going with that until we finally got a bit more story after the escalation as mentioned in the blurb. From that part on as a reader I finally found my connection to those two men, especially Michael. But that is when we are already at like at 70% of the book.
So like I said I feel in limbo. Yes I love these guys. David, Jackson, Michael, Gill, Vern and Manny (and the mothers) and I cannot wait to read more of them. I totally digged the fact that in this story we not only get Michael & Gill but all the others and that made the story more valuable for me. However I really missed more personal interaction, more in-depth feelings and more time in regards to Michael and Gill.
I have to say the writing is fabulous. The style and the interaction keep you going and is interesting and fluid. And I indeed didn’t want to stop reading but mainly that was when I got further along in the story as mentioned before. So when it is over then it feels cut short. Add to that the drama that moves around in this book that for me personally is more a nuisance than an extra addition. Add to that at the end the issue still isn’t resolved and you might understand my double feeling about this novel.
As a reader I sincerely hope we don’t have to wait as long for the next part as we did for this one, although I really enjoyed re-reading book 1 before digging into this one. But I really want to read more as there is so much more to tell and I really on a personal note would like to find out if there is a HEA for Manny and Vern (together? or separate) because I seriously love those two guys so much also.
Summing up, if you read the first book, which you will need to do before reading this one, you will feel welcomed by these friends (and their self-made family) and invited to take a peak into their lives and that makes it more than worth the shortcomings.