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Dirk, whose job it is to help Brendan learn to relax, walks into the lobby of Brendan's hotel wearing a borrowed suit and an attitude that rubs Brendan the wrong way from the moment they meet. They head for the airport and their carefully planned itinerary goes out the window, one small setback at a time.
From the airports of New York and Atlanta, to the long, lonely highways of Texas, to an upscale rehab destination in Santa Fe, Brendan and Dirk each try to gain the upper hand until both find out that it's not just life that can get a guy all stirred up.
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By Ben on 11-04-17
Story ruined by holes and contadictions
Did this book have an editor? For the most part I actually enjoyed this story to the first in the series. However, there were some annoying issues in terms of the contradictions between this book and the previous one, and a couple of glaring holes in the story. These contradictions between the two books, but especially the holes in the second story ruined this book for me. Not Z.A. Maxwell's finest work. It had potential but there seemed to be no editorial or authorial care to ensure that the basics were covered.
The narration is OK, although it was often hard to distinguish between the two main characters so some to the dialogue was confusing. There is also some confusion because it is not always clear when the character is speaking aloud rather than to himself. The voices used for the few female characters were cartoonish, but they done't appear often. Why the narrator chose to voice a Texan personal trainer as a Californian surfer is a mystery.
On to the story.
In the previous book, Brendan, the hero of this one, is described as a sort of pan sexual man whore who refuses to be labelled. In this one he is apparently gay, gay, gay. That was odd, but OK. More importantly, in this book Brendan seems to be extremely wealthy as a result of founding a tech company with his twin brother Toby, who subsequently left the business but remains a substantial stock holder and board member. Yet in the previous book Toby was so poor he slept on a futon in the basement office of his restaurant and showered at a gym. So this book shatters the premise of the previous one. That is rather disturbing and distracting when trying to get into this second book.
Leaving aside the contradictions between the two stories, this book was going along quite well until the end.
When Dirk leaves Brendan at the clinic, he is devastated to learn that Dirk has a fiance and that he messes around with men occasionally. Later he learns that Dirk has returned to her. Suddenly in the final two chapters, Brendan who has never had a relationship and hasen't heard from Dirk, and Dirk who is apparently engaged to someone else, are a couple and there is no mention of any obstacles or confusion. It seemed that Dirk, who was otherwise very forthright, was being pushed into the marriage by his father. That was hinted at but not addressed. What happened in the 4 months since they were last together? Was Dirk ever engaged?
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