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However, in the beginning.. I HATED it! Blake is the principal at the high school that Phillip and his little brother, who happens to be gay, Kit, now goes to since losing their mother and moving in with their uncle Thane. When Phillip steps in and stops his brother from getting sexually assaulted.. THEY are the ones that get into trouble. Not the bullies, not the would-be rapists, but Kit and Phillip. Strike one. In what world is that okay? I mean, I get that America does that from time to time with rich entitled punks, but it made me sick to read about….
So, Blake as a freshman at the same high school many moons ago had a major crush on Thane, who was the bad boy who bragged about his conquests and never gave Blake a second look. So, cut to now, the big man with an attitude has some grudge with high school principals, is really rude to Blake for the first third of the book. I mean, I got it, I really did…. But not for the reason you probably think. I’m still mad that nothing got done about the would be assault of the two young teenagers. I’d be mad about that too if I was Thane, so I took his side on that one..
However, once we get to know Blake, you can clearly see how much he values and adores his students. Especially Phillip and Kit. He does want to keep them safe and out of trouble and spends a lot of time helping them adjust to life now that so much as changed for them. He was sweet and really patient with Blake’s attitude because even though I sided with him in that one instance, he really was a jerk.
It took Thane a while to come around, and actually get to know Blake, but once he did, it was easy to fall for him. I liked that he seemed to do a complete 180, and it was like he had a whole character change, except when it came to his nephews. He didn’t let anything stand in his way when it came to them… even when it costs him his new relationship with Blake.
Did I think that he jumped the gun and popped off at the mouth when he shouldn’t have? Absolutely….was he rude about it and deserved to be dumped? Maybe…. But I didn’t think it was as bad as everyone ws making it out to be I understood where he was coming from, even if his execution was way too extreme. I did get it though.
Overall though, I really enjoyed these two and I loved that they ended up a big ol’ happy family. I also loved getting to know Dorian and Derek in the next one, so if you haven’t already jumped into that one, you should.
4 stars for me with this one.
That said, the book is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM read.
When Blake Barnes was in high school, he had a crush on the bad boy Thane Dalton.
Now years later, when two of Blake’s students got bullied, he is face to face, again, with his high school crush. Thane Dalton is the student’s gradient. His bad boy attitude hadn’t changed at all. He’s demanding, authoritative but Blake isn’t impressed…at all…right. Blake’s come up with a solution that may resolve the boy’s problem.
Thane Dalton, the owner of Dalton Construction, after he lost his sister to cancer now is the guardian of his two nephews. When he’s called to the principal’s office, he’d had enough. He doesn’t respond well to authoritative figures. He’s no different with Barnes either. But damn. Maybe Mr. B. has a point this time.
The boys are enrolled in the theater crew helping out building the scenes. Blake is the sponsor of the crew, supervising the students. Of course, Thane is angry almost with anything Blake does. This will bring us in funny situations. But that’s not all…Thane starts to notice Blake.
Although, as I mentioned, this is a girly MM, the book is good. I loved the dynamics of the MC’s and the emotions between the two. In this book there is no hot scenes at all, it leaves more room for emotions.
I highly recommend this book to everyone!
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***