Eddie is a successful businessmen but is struggling in his personal life. His best friend has found the love of his life and Eddie feels like love is not ever meant for him. He's a bit sad and a lot lonely and running his Mercedes off the road one day is not helping. One of the road crew guys working nearby rushes to his assistance and Eddie is struck by how attractive the man is. And nice. The guy is really nice. Unfortunately he's a number of years younger and Eddie sees their encounter as nothing but some harmless flirting. Wish, his unlikely savior sees it as a chance to start something and he decides he's not going to let Eddie's fears get in the way of a possibly great thing.
I had mixed feelings about starting this book. I typically really enjoy this author and I liked the first book in the series so I wanted to read Eddie's story. But I had read enough reviews to know there was going to be a s&m/pain kink storyline and that made me nervous. That's really not my thing and I was worried that I was requesting a book that I would ultimately not like. I try to never do that because I think it's unfair to authors. So....with much trepidation off I went in to Eddie and Wish's story. And guess what? I really liked it. Rough sex and all.
Eddie was of course Eddie. But Wish is who made the story for me. I adored his character. He was much younger but far wiser and more mature in a lot of ways. For me he stole every scene he was in. And what about the sex scenes I was scared of? Well somehow they were hot. It's still not my thing. The things that happen in this book would not translate over into real life for me but the way they were done in the book I could follow. I could see it working for these two. It enhanced the story and their relationship. (And again....they were hot.) There were a lot of Ben and Davis from the first book and I'm glad that Ben and Eddie's not 100% healthly relationship dynamics were addressed in this story.
Overall I really enjoyed this. I had a few plot niggles about the road project but in the end it didn't matter. I liked these two and their journey and I'm glad I took the chance and read the book. This book is the second in a series but could easily be read as a stand alone.
Eddie Russell is many things: A wealthy pillar of the community. An outrageous flirt. A doting best friend. A masochist with a kink for brawling with his bedmates. But he is definitely not a man who invites intimacy. His friends are close but few, his lovers rarer still.
When Eddie runs his Mercedes off the road on a hot July afternoon, Wish Carver comes to his aid-and leaves his number in Eddie's phone. Wish, a road crew worker half Eddie's age and sexy as sin, seems fascinated by Eddie's different sides. Mutual attraction and compatible kinks ignite the sheets, but it's their connection outside the bedroom that Eddie begins to crave.
When the two come down on opposite sides of a local issue, Eddie finds his growing feelings for Wish at odds with his business interests and his devotion to his best friend, local wakeboarding legend Ben Warren. Torn between old loyalties and his new love, Eddie is reluctant to make a choice. But he knows he can't make Wish wait too long to make up his mind.