Title: The One That Got Away
Author: Madeleine Urban & Rhianne Aile
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Trace and David
Release Date: December 2009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot
When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and then a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie continues with no problems until David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is slowly falling in love. What he doesn't know is that Trace is struggling with a similar discovery. Trace has never desired another man before. He's a ladies' man with quite the reputation, considered a top prize around town. But his close, treasured friendship with David makes the emotion and arousal growing between them irresistible. Soothing David's doubts, Trace makes it clear that he wants to know if they can make it work. Because Trace is sure he wouldn't love another man -- that's not the issue. He just loves David.
This is another one of those books that I picked up after reading J9's review of it on The Book Vixen....once again, she nailed it in her review. I loved this book!
David and Trace have been best friends forever. They are both reporters for rival newspapers, but they've never let that interfere with their friendship. When David calls Trace for help when he develops a migraine, Trace immediately knows how debilitating that is for him and drops everything to come and help. But when the migraine becomes too much for David, he passes out in the bathroom, breaking his collar bone on his right arm in the fall. Trace never even questions that David needs his help (he can't even unbutton his pants to go to the bathroom), he just automatically moves right in to help.
I love how in synch these guys are. They've been friends forever and when Trace moves in, things just settle into an easy relaxed routine for them. David only has one bed (and a super-lumpy couch), but the bed is plenty big...it's a king size, so they sleep together too. They're friends. They're close friends. It's simple and relaxed...until suddenly things start to change as the days and weeks go by.
I love a friends to lovers trope and this one was done so perfectly. The romantic relationship develops extremely slowly. Trace is not gay. He's never even been bi-curious, but as they become closer, they come to mean even more to each other. They both agree though that nothing is more important than their friendship. I love how honest they were with each other about what's going on. The friendship is more important than anything else here and that's why they move into the romance side so slowly. It made for a really romantic story.
I really loved both of these characters. David is gay, but hasn't dated much lately. He's at the point in his life where he'd rather not do anything if it just means a meaningless one night stand. Trace is a notorious ladies' man, but he doesn't do relationships...until David. Trace is an amazing caregiver. He just wants to take care of David. He's especially awesome when things begin to heat up between the two of them. He's a naturally flirtatious guy and when he turns that on David, then David isn't really sure what to do with him since Trace is straight. It made for some really sweet moments.
Trace has a cat who's feeling the neglect since he moved in to take care of David. I loved the little details the cat added to the story. Her commitment to David is awesome! Everything about this story was just sweet and romantic and so much fun to read. This is one of those books that just leaves you smiling because it works so well. I highly recommend!