The lack of communication seems to be the go for creating the angst though. Also, Mark and Isaiah got too cheesy for me at times and that's a huge drawback where I'm conserned. Getting home as fast as he can, he is surprised to see Isaiah already living in the home with the 3 children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. I loved the way the sexual aspects of the relationship were handled, and how Isaiah never tried to make Mark feel bad about his desires or lack thereof, whichever.
Now, I am in the minority among my friends that have read this one. He's used to relying on his own judgement, making snap decisions, and having quick follow-through. Mark is trying to find his footing with not only the children, but with Isaiah. Isaiah has had a little less direction in his life than Mark. Mark and Isaiah met 6 years ago.
It is about two protagonists who may have not been expecting to feel so much for the each other but become everything to one another. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. And both of them want to prove they are the best choice for the guardianship! The build up to their love is slow and tender and full of obstacles and mistakes. I thought he was a pompous arsehole, though not necessarily malicious. I'm a big fan of this series and Squared Away is actually my second favorite after. He never thought we will have to. Half a bowl of popcorn sat on the floor.
Smut-lovers might not be pleased by this one as the sex-scenes are few and far between, but though there isn't a lot of X-rated action, there is a lot of sensual, romantic kissing and touching, and I didn't feel like I was missing anything at all. So maybe not a perfect five, but damn close to it. That's a lot in one story isn't it? I also thought in regards to Mark's approach to sex with Isaiah, it was respectful to his sexuality. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Mark's very insecure, has trust issues, and his inner monologue of people always letting him down became frustrating. There he discovers that the children are being looked after by someone who left an imprint on Mark six years prior. Stories that one can relate to, connect with.
I greatly enjoyed this one. As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. The fact that it was a character I never really loved was kind of a kick in the pants, but whatever. But now they are both the potential guardians of three children and are under one roof and they can no longer ignore the other one. I prefer my stories to be about the relationship and the emotional journey, so I was a happy camper. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write.
Coming to respect each other first, know each other next and finally coming to love the beautiful person inside the other. Mark's awareness of his demisexual, possibly grey ace, status is handled with sensitivity. I also loved the exploration of Mark's sexuality and how patient Isaiah was during intimacy. But Mark barely knows the kids; still, he wants to be involved. Well, most of the time. Isaiah is a few years younger and has spent the past few years still figuring out his path in life. I really enjoyed the writing, Isaiah's patience and Mark's self discovery and - in the end -acceptance.
It dealt with some weighty topics in a realistic matter. It dealt with some weighty topics in a realistic matter. It was completely unexpected and so utterly sweet. Also non-sexual physical intimacy is great to read and something I wish happened more often in romances. Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Deborah Nemeth Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. One moment of hesitation, and someone dies. Sometimes authors make them about to be cartoonish, and they get annoying, thankfully it wasn't the case here.
This is one for the heart. ~About the Author~ Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Of course, Marks ends up screwing things up. I like plenty of steam in my romance novels, but the sex here is more subdued; it's more about the connection, the exploration, than heart-pounding passion. This isn't a book with a ton of crazy action or a fast-plot, so if you want something suspenseful you won't find it here. Mark and Isaiah met 6 years ago. That take-charge guy went right out the window.