Honestly this book didn't really work for me. I typically adore the friends to lovers and/or gfy tropes. I really thought this would be a book I loved. James is a therapist who is gay and in love with his best friend Nathan. Nathan is a detective who is attracted to James but has never acted on it due to not wanting to risk their friendship as well as not wanting to admit his own sexual feelings. There is also a murder mystery going on throughout the storyline that Nathan is working on.
I had a few issues with this. First of all their communication with each other was horrible. So much angst and drama that could have been avoided if they would have just talked. I have a hard time accepting that a cop and a therapist couldn't communicate. They're best friends AND they both have jobs where they have to communicate with people to make a living. James in general really bothered me. He was a hot mess and I cringed more than once. What kind of therapist sleeps their way through bars, is drunk most of the time and breaks professional boundaries with clients? Uumm...not a very good one. There was just too much going on in this book. I think the author could have cut out a bunch of the drama and angst and just focused on the two men getting together. I think it could have flowed better and would have given me some time to get to know the main characters. As it was I didn't feel connected to either or invested in their relationship.
This was my first time reading this author so I don't have any of her other work to compare this to. Unfortunately this was just an ok read for me.
Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four—because he's too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.
Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as "Tag", he's the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James's drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he's close to becoming the worst version of himself.
After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn't sorry for the kisses that James can't remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.
Book one of the Restoration series