Monday, February 19, 2018

Losing It by Christine D'Abo

Title: Losing It
Author: Christine D'Abo
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Ringside Romance #4
Main Characters: Finn and Justin
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Finn Miller doesn’t do social. He works his IT job from home as often as he can to avoid people. If it weren’t for his weekly training sessions at Ringside Gym, he might never leave his apartment. And he only does that because of Leo, the gym member he’s in love with. When Finn gets talked into attending a speed dating fundraiser at the gym, his greatest wish is to have the courage to try to say something—anything—to Leo.

Justin McCormick has spent most of his adult life being used, whether playing a corporate heavy, or acting as guard dog for his ward. So when he leaves Vancouver for a fresh start in Toronto, he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself.

The moment Justin sees Finn at a speed dating event, he knows there’s no way he’ll make it without a little help, so he offers to coach Finn on the art of conversation. What he doesn’t count on is his unexpected attraction to this shy boxer, or his fear that if Finn gets his way, Justin might lose out on his best chance at love.

My Review:
I really liked this book. Both these guys are emotionally stunted, but in different ways. For Finn, he's simply socially awkward and shy/reserved. He doesn't know how to talk to most people, although that's never an issue with Justin. Justin has never been in a situation where he could truly get attached to someone else. The one time he did, it came back and bit him on the butt...with Grady, who came to hate him, although they have a pseudo friendship now. But in the aftermath of that with Grady, Justin has pretty much lost everything. 

He's looking for a new place to be, to belong, but he doesn't expect to find Finn. Finn definitely doesn't expect Justin, either...mainly because Finn is totally engrossed with trying to catch another man's eye. And that's where these two find common ground. Justin is a people person. He sees Finn's social issues and offers to coach him through his awkwardness and a friendship develops.

I like stories where a friendship comes first...friends to lovers. There's just something about that kind of connection that works so much more than just a normal romance. And this book was no exception. I loved reading it. I especially loved watching Justin's depth develop more and more. He's the one who sacrifices his happiness and knowing where he came from mentally made that sacrifice so much more. This is a guy who's never had a real relationship...but he's willing to sacrifice for Finn's happiness. *happy sigh*

I truly just enjoyed everything about this story. It was a great one and definitely pushed all my happy romance buttons. I recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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