I have read and re-read this book many times and during each read I discover points I had missed in my previous read. I completely enjoyed this book. I found it to be entreating, well developed and made me want to really hate a couple of people at several intervals during the story! I am sorry that some of the previous reviewers did not enjoy the story. At 70 and a gay man, maybe I'm more in tune to what I remember growing up during the time before Stonewall, when Gay men were beat up, killed, burned, etc. for our life choices. In those days the don't do's out numbered the ok to do's by a mile! But I found this story to be very well developed and the characters well though out and for me, this was a believable story line. I have purchased several other books by this Author over time and have enjoyed them as well. I wish that this Author would do a follow up book with these characters, I'm sure that it would be just as, if not more entertaining. An avid reader in Rock Tavern, NY.
Rating: 2.5 stars I managed to finish it, but it was a bit of a struggle. I read the blurb, so I was expecting something unrealistic and over the top. I think I was nostalgic for those old Harlequin romances and this sounded like one of those. I had a really hard time believing Will could actually fall in love with Eli. Eli was just so heavy handed and controlling. He manhandles Will more than once and I just never really warmed up to his character. The author wanted you to believe that Will made Eli a better person, but I never really bought into it. Will on the other hand was so wishy washy that I never warmed up to him either.
I'm going to classify this as an okay read, but don't really recommend it.
Really good... I hadn't read this one from B.A.Stretke yet, and while reviews varied on love and hate, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. A story of mistrust, falling in love, and learning to believe in yourself. The plot was good. Eli messed up when his heart won, and because of that mistrust, and Wills own anxiety and misgivings of himself, it takes them on a wild ride of trying to not love and show love, and leaening to trust. Very good.
It is something I cannot explain. It hit all my kinks--- the good unassuming guy who gets ignored and bypassed all his life gets the hunky billionaire powerful cowboy tycoon prince who is nuts about him. This is very well written and there were no editing mistakes. Yes it is true that the dialogue lacks contractions so it seemed like it was first intended as a historical romance but I found that easy to ignore. Will, although a very noble guy has spunk and had some really great lines : "color me surprised!!!" I loved the fact that the reader knew what everyone was thinking ( Eli, Will, Mrs. Coleman even the waitress in the diner), it just pleased the control freak in me. I swooned when Elijah was beating himself up when he found out how he had misjudged William.
The characters were very well developed and certain scenes were entertaining as well as informative. The cafe/diner where everyone was spying on them but scattered like birds when Eli would look their way. it was just so darn cute. This is on the top of my guilty pleasure pile.
One thing I did not like: How could William not call his neighbor to check on his dog or at least mention to Elijah that he could not just leave his dog for a month in his neighbor's care? I would be a really pissed neighbor. There was barely any mention of Todd the dog throughout the story.
The book is well written and it has a very good plot. The problem is that Eli, thinks William is a gold digger, the one who came up with the plan that his sister, Katrina, carries out. Of course, thats not true, in fact, William has no idea that Katrina was doing that, he hadn't even talked to her for 2 years. But, Katrina, when she's found out, makes a deal with Eli, that if William stays with Eli, Katrina can leave and get a hold of the money to get herself out of the marriage and legal problems. William comes, not realizing that Katrina made this deal and he has to stay with Eli, until she comes back. During that time, Eli gives little tests to see if William really is the culprit. So, naturally, when Eli believes William isn't, William believes Eli still thinks he is and when he proposes, William thinks it's another test and starts feeling strong emotions, he doesn't know whats real and whats not. It all goes on and on, until it happens!!!!!!!!! This is a great book, great plot, and I loved Eli. Just letting you know, William is not like the reviewer Greek Reader. He/her just wasn't open-minded, started hating it, even before he/she got past the first few chapters, though obviously, liked the sample. I would like to know what happens to Eli's brother, if Ms.Stretke wants to write another book. If you read this review and find it lacking something, or something should be changed, please leave me a comment, so I can do better next time.
I enjoy a good romance but this was seriously a cookie cutter story. The characters were I think very weak. They fell deeply in love with very little dialogue and why is Will treated like the little woman. Would not recommend if you want a serious story, very light read, almost quit I was bored.
So okay, this story is unique for a m/m romance. And the characters are a little under developed ... Will could be a little stronger and a lot less "woe is me". And Eli's rough edges could be a little more compelling and irresistible. But all in all this is a worthy read. Virtually a modern, gay version of "Emma", written with heart.
Keep writing, Senor Stretke. I will keep reading, convinced your stories will just get better and better.