Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Stage Two
SERIES: Lexington Lovers #3, Dreamspun Desires #33
AUTHOR: Ariel Tachna
NARRATOR: John Solo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6 hours, 13 minutes
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
Love has a steep learning curve.
Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.
Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.
Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together
Such a fun addition to the Dreamspun Desires line. This story gave me everything I could ask for from this type of book. It was adorable at times, it was annoying at times, it had heart, and it had love. I loved seeing stage crew in action (I did this in highschool and it brought back great memories), I hated seeing the bullying (been a victim myself), but most of all, I enjoyed the romance and how it wasn’t perfect, but it was totally satisfying.
This was a fantastic opposites attract type story that could have even turned into an “enemies to lovers” story had the plot gone the right way. But in the end, these two men were just different enough that the good in both was brought forth and made to shine. Blake was fantastic with his kids and Thane was so loving and protective towards his nephews. Together these men were HOT and yet they still had their annoying moments. It was real, it was fun, it was loving. I will definitely pick this one up again in the future.
I thought John Solo really did a good job with this one. I was engrossed in the tale and felt like he brought out the plot and emotions very well. I actually forgot for a moment that he has been overused in this line of books. I enjoyed listening to this book.