Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They're engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays?
When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can't slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can't always counteract the limits his disability will put on his - and Elijah's - life.
With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they can book a stay. What happens in Vegas won't stay in Vegas - it will follow them all the way down the aisle.
©2016 Heidi Cullinan (P)2016 Heidi Cullinan
This is the fourth in a series, and really, it’s the much needed sequel to book 3. If you remember, from my review of book 3, it was a long book that left our MCs in a solid HEA but it wasn’t as satisfying an HEA as our other heroes had gotten. Well, this is their satisfying happy ending.
They are still, obviously, working through some of their sh*t, but for the most part they’re dedicated to their upcoming marriage. Baz is still insecure about how Eli will take on his family and Eli is worried about how he will take on Baz’s family, too.
But – they DON’T TALK TO EACH OTHER! That was the most frustrating thing. Even their friends (old and new) tell them over and over to sit the eff down and talk! But, they finally manage to figure things out, though I think a nice long talk would have done them wonders.
There’s a lot of stuff that happens in Vegas that would really only happen in a much longer stretch of time – but hey – they are all filthy rich – so I suppose a lot of it might have happened…
In any case, it ends up being pretty darn picture perfect and wonderful in a way that I wouldn’t have expected it to be. The boys have some (for them) pretty tame sensual times, but it’s so very loving at this point.
It was nice meeting a new throuple and I’m wondering if they’ll ever have their own story told – they were pretty fascinating! (Update – I just realized – DOH – that this is the throuple from Special Delivery! Now I know what I’ll be reading next!)
This has to be read in order, or at least as a sequel to book 3, but definitely it’s best read in order of the whole series.
Fans of the series will love this and I can recommend it highly.
Iggy Toma has narrated all the books in this series and he does another fantastic job here. He’s so good at emotion and pacing and giving everyone a subtly different voice so that it’s always clear who is who without any over the top weird accents. I really liked his take on Randy! Highly recommended as a way to enjoy this book.
5 of 5 stars
I couldn't believe that our guys were going to Vegas, and the surprises and characters waiting for them were an awesome tribute. I love this universe Heidi has created. And, as always, Iggy Toma is the perfect narrator for Heidis stories. Thank you!!!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss
This short could absolutely be enjoyed as a stand-alone - will be more enjoyed as book for in the Love Lessons Series, and will be most enjoyed by those who have read both the Love Lessons and Special Delivery series up to here. It revisits a number of characters from both series in a fantastic way.
I like the handling of both Elijah and Baz's issue's and that we see. I actually love that we get some insight into the struggles that all of the couples might still be facing - and the happiness and hope that are instilled by the simple knowledge that they are facing those struggles together, in all of their unique and sometimes messed up ways.
I want to be invited to Vegas for the anniversary party. I'll bring party favors and a red light. :)
What a great surprise to find that this book melded the Love Lessons series and the Special Delivery series! I just love all these characters so much. And since it's been awhile since I read the Special Delivery series, and I now have them in audio, I know what I'll listen to next.
My absolute FAVORITE couple in this series. Hope we get to hear more from them in the future.
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