No one understands why I love him.
Why I need him.
Why I took him back.
But they don’t have to.
Despite the hurt and the heartache, I see beneath his skin.
And I’m different now.
No more Flirty Frankie. I’m done with being King of the club.
My dreams have changed, and so have I.
I believe in myself.
And I’m a hell of a lot smarter than a year ago.
Now it’s his turn to show me the man he really is.
To prove it.
I’ve always loved him.
But that’s not enough.
I need to learn to trust him.
No more excuses.
No more chances.
I make this right or lose him for good.
I have to do this.
No one has ever believed in me but him.
No one has ever wanted me but him.
I can’t let him down.
I can’t let myself down.
I’m trying, but it’s so damn hard.
No matter what they throw at me, I’m stronger.
And I’m going to make it.
I’m on my way.
With Frankie by my side.
I can see the future.
I have a future.
In an offbeat way I guess you could call this a 2nd Chance story. The characters didn’t fall for each other in High School and College and then meet up 10 yrs later. Frankie and Aaron were separated by a prison term, you’ll learn the how’s and why’s in the story, so I won’t say anything further on the subject here. What I am going to say here is, I really enjoyed this different take on the story.
Aaron gets out of jail and is staying with Frankie again. I’ve told you this because the author sets this story up as a story of gaining trust in order to rekindle the relationship. With the characters co-habitating and even sleeping together, it added a realistic twist to the story that I found fascinating. These guys aren’t rich they’re just a couple of guys trying to get by, Frankie as a stripper and Aaron in gardening/landscaping it makes them easily relatable and the reason they are living together that much more believable.
Character growth was AMAZING especially with Aaron and as a reader I was able to experience it as he made his breakthroughs. Aaron not only had to gain Frankie’s trust but the trust of their friends. In this type of story and setting it takes more than an individual to grow, it takes friends around them. I’m sure there is proverb out there that goes something like, “Personal Growth can be achieved quicker and with greater resource with the help of friends” Aaron needed this, he needed to feel better about himself, he needed that inner strength to prove to Frankie that he is a man worth that 2nd chance.
I have to admit that Aaron was my favorite character, for me his character development was stronger so I understood him more. With Frankie I was getting mixed signals about him, I never was able to get a solid, This is Frankie, moment. At times he felt like a twink and on the effeminate side and then later he’s this 6′ tough masculine guy, I really wish that I could have found who he is.
I would say this is a stand-alone with a bit of mystery added to it. Some of the secondary characters in this book are just there, some you get to know and others that left me wondering, and everything in this sentence is OK.
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publication Date: June 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Series: Man Up #3