Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Michael, Reinvented
SERIES: Delta Restorations #2
AUTHOR: Diana Copland
NARRATOR: Michael Pauley
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 8 hours, 20 minutes
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2017
Sequel to David, Renewed
Delta Restorations: Novel Two
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.
Ok so book one in this series was a slow comfortable read. Well let me tell you that Michael, Reinvented is NOT a slow comfortable read. It was an emotional roller coaster that left me in tears more than once. Michael was such as great character who, despite his past, wore his hardened heart on his sleeve. And Gilbert, well he was open and honest and I never once questioned his loyalty. He has some hidden depths that I hope we get to see more of later.
The star of this book for me was the author’s writing. The emotions were so vivid and real that I felt them all leap off the page. During the proposal scene…perfect blend of humor and sap that had me crying tears of joy. The mural scene…so touching and tender I was crying right along with Michael. And when Michael visited Gil in the hospital, omg the snot was flowing. This story just captured my heart and ran with it.
My only niggle is that this one feels a bit unfinished. And maybe that is to keep the series ARC going, but I wanted things resolved with the baddy. I also wish we would have learned the story of Gil’s inspiration for the mural. For something that left a lasting impact and just made that scene, I wish I would have learned more about the young boy’s connection to Gil.
Even with that small issue, GO OUT AND BUY THIS ONE! I can’t scream it loud enough. I loved it and hope you will too.
Michael Pauley really did a great job on this story. His voice and his narration style was a perfect match for the tone and emotions prevalent in this book. He nailed the characters and the emotions and brought out the best in all parts of Michael and Gil. I hope he continues this series.