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- File Size : 833 KB
- Print Length : 202 pages
- Publication Date : January 16, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B082FQYP5C
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,121 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Trav seems to be the opposite of Derek, except in the beginning when he is awkward and rude because he's decided to judge Derek based on how he looks rather than on who he is. As the two get together, first professionally and then personally, we're given the chance to see why they are the way they are, and it builds their believability as likable MCs for me. The challenges they face and overcome -- Derek's being the most frightening and confidence-smashing -- help them to grow closer as they learn each other's vulnerable places and help each other to overcome them. The way they support each other is sweet. And the happy payout at the end is heartwarming, if a bit too convenient,
My issues with this story and the reason for the 3.5-star rating are two-fold. First, there's the speed at which they move from potential 'enemies' to making out in Derek's car to boyfriends. That whole evolution is awkward and almost incredible. Second, there's the writer's tendency to tell -- there's an awful lot of that! -- instead of show, as well as to get sidetracked by plot details that aren't germane to the story in any way. I thought that both made this a lesser narrative than it should have been. Even though I don't end the book hating Derek, I don't feel especially interested in either him or Trav at the end, either. Neither man makes me want to read more about him, or re-read the best parts of the story.
When I stop to think about the millions of readers out there, however, I realize that not everyone will love this book as much as I do. (But they should. Just kidding, sort of.)
So maybe I should amend my statement to be something like, “If you like the kinds of books I do, you’ll adore this book.”
But really, what’s not to like?
Charismatic Derek Bryers, an assistant director at Joy Universe, the second-largest theme park complex in the world (think second to the Disney empire), is having an exceptionally miserable day. First, a woman has brutally murdered her husband in a cabin in the part of the park he runs. Then he finds out almost all the entertainers in his part of the park have suffered food poisoning from a celebration off-site.
Derek is nothing if not organized, so he jumps into action. Readers get everything they need to know about his dedication to his job, his expert and kind handling of employees and coworkers as well as guests, and his quick thinking when others in charge are floundering.
He can’t do anything about the murder except give the police whatever they need to get their job done—which granted isn’t much. But he can work to solve the park’s entertainment crisis by drawing on all the available talent in the area, both professional and amateur.
Into Derek’s life dances Trev Jones, who unlike just about everyone else in the vicinity at first reacts negatively to Derek’s stunning good looks and affability in the face of disaster. His antipathy stuns Derek who has a good handle on how charming he is and how to use it to his advantage.
Although they start off on the wrong foot, it’s only a question of ironing out the misunderstanding, which author Masters handle right away without drawing it out. With that done, the story becomes a charming and unusual (because it’s so often not done) story about how to completely different men can realistically come together and make their relationship work.
A wonderful cast of supporting characters give the story flesh and blood, many of which are just begging for their own romances. Fortunately, this book is billed as the first of a series.
I fell in love with Derek and Trev and think every other reader will too. If the rest of the Joy Universe books are as beautifully written as I’ve Got This, author Masters will rightly amass many new readers and those of us who already enjoy her work will be very happy campers.