Title: Taking A Chance
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Restoration #3
Main Characters: Elliott and Auggie
Release Date: September 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house's tenant, a man he never thought he'd meet—his ex's other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he's tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.
Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection—and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible situation. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he's ever really loved.
This has been such a good series. A.M. Arthur has become one of those authors that I simply know when I pick up her book to read that it's going to be satisfying, a bit angsty, and will provide me with hours of reading pleasure because I can't ever put her books down once I start. This book was no exception to that rule.
Elliott has been part of this series from the very beginning...and his life has been in turmoil that entire time. At the beginning of this book, he's still trying to pick up the pieces and find a new normal. Because he got kicked out of his apartment and lost his job in a big way, he's out of work and can't find another place to stay. So he's crashing with his friends at their house. Well, they are chosen by the local TV station to have their kitchen redone by Auggie and Steve...the locals who are somewhat famous for their house renovation show.
When Auggie sees Elliott, he's shocked. Auggie knows who Elliott is, but Elliott has no idea that Auggie is the man that his dead fiance was cheating with. Elliott found out about that affair the night Doug died. The thing is...Doug deceived Auggie, too. He didn't know about Elliott either. Auggie doesn't want to lie, but sees no reason to bring up the past hurt when he's only going to be around for a week. And then he realizes just how much hurt that affair brought to Elliott. Elliott's entire world crumbled in the aftermath and so much of the blame can be laid at Auggie's door, even though Auggie was a victim and was left hurt by Doug's deceptions, too. Confused? I know...but really, the book is good! AM does a much better job at explaining the ins and outs of how all this occurred.
What's important is that these two men are drawn to each other when there's every reason for them not to get involved. Reasons that Elliott is in the dark about. Yeah, you can see where this story is going. But it's such a good journey to get there. These men have such complex histories that are really so opposite one another. I loved them together. Elliott is more the life of the party type, while Auggie sits back and observes and takes in the world. But together they are awesome...just in that they really appreciates so much what the other man brings to the table in their relationship. It's wonderful to watch their trust and love grow, even as you know it's about to all come crashing down.
Another thing I love about these books is this circle of friends who have truly developed into a family. That theme is so strong in this book. We get to see lots of the friends that we've grown to love in the series all together. And then those relationships are contrasted to these two men's families. There's no comparison. It's such a good thread that underlines the story though. We don't get to choose our families, but we do get to choose who we treat as our family. Sometimes the best friends are better than anything. I love this group of friends.
This has been a FANTASTIC series and I've loved every single one of the characters in it. I would be sad to see it end, but A.M. Arthur did mention in her final note in the book, that she isn't leaving Wilmington completely behind. Whew, because I'm not ready to give them up either.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.