House-sitting for a friend is supposed to be a lucky break for Aiden Daly. Discovering his new housemate is the image of his first crush turns it into a nightmare. Marco de Luca is obviously interested in being more than housemates, but his resemblance to Aiden's ideal man seems only skin-deep. Besides, Aiden doesn't date.
Since his adoptive father's suicide, Aiden's first priority has been supporting his remaining family - and shielding them from the truth of their financial situation. Deeply concerned for his mother's mental health, Aiden remains closeted and lonely, convinced that bad luck is the only luck he'll ever have.
As if the pressure of keeping his father's financial secrets weren't enough to handle, Aiden's birth father makes contact, sending Aiden's anxieties spiraling out of control. But it's a crisis at work that finally brings Aiden to his breaking point. Accepting support from Marco is a gamble, but it could be just what Aiden needs to turn his luck around.
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A good book in the series - worth a credit
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance
After Ben, the first book is this series, was one of my all time favourites. I thought Con Riley’s writing in that heart wrenching book was brilliant. It’s a close call but I think Aiden’s Luck might just top that. This story is all about family - the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s about one mans mission to save his family from the truth, his sense of duty over a 5 year period that leaves him struggling and barely surviving.
Aiden’s adoptive parents are everything to him. They saved him and then later his brother Evan from the care system and all that implied. They were a regular family of four, happy and content until his father committed suicide. With his mother suffering a mental breakdown and family services sniffing around making sure Evan was suitably cared for Aiden made a decision that would change his life. He took over ALL responsibility for his family not realising at the time just what a difficult thing that would be and how much it would affect and change his life.
Five years of lies, deceit, stretched finances, hiding his sexuality and stress are really beginning to take their toll. When he agrees to house sit for a friend the last thing he expects is to find himself staring into the almost identical face of his first crush. The very talkative, very annoying and very beautiful face of Marco de Luca, youngest brother of the late Ben de Luca.
Talk about opposites! Ben is so trampled down with his responsibilities where Marco is larger than life, gregarious and determined to butt into his business. The more Marco pushes Aiden, the more walls Aiden erects until he breaks down in the family home garage when hit with past memories and Marco is there to pick him up and help him through it.
Con could not have written a more compassionate character than Marco. For me he was just perfect. He always knew just what was required. He could remain calm, he could push if required, he always offered support and advice...the way he dealt with Aiden had the vibe of a D/s relationship to me and Aiden responded positively and for the first time in years he started feeling hope.
This is a heartfelt story and beautifully written. It will take you through a gamut of emotions whilst Aiden tries at first to keep his life precariously balanced before realising that he may have to face the truth and that the people he loves and protects are stronger than he gives them credit for.