This was a new to me author and I'm super glad I discovered her books. So far both of the ones I've read have been really good.
This story is a about Elijah who grew up in a bad neighborhood in Chicago but was able to get out. He's rich now and he has no plans to ever go back. A chance meeting with Gideon changes everything in his life. Gideon still lives in the bad neighborhood and getting out is all he can think about.
Both MC's are unique and complex. There's a pretty big age gap which often doesn't work for me but in this case it did. I enjoyed watching their friendship unfold and then their romantic relationship develop from there.
This was not as gritty as I was expecting it to be but it still has an edge to it. It's an outside the box type of story which I really appreciate. I've been reading romance stories for years now and it's always a bonus to read something completely different.
After pulling himself out of poverty and shame, Elijah Tucker finds he's yanked back to the South Side of Chicago by a man he never saw coming.
SOMETIMES, YOU CAN
Having it all is hard work, and Elijah Tucker has no problem 24/7-ing to keep himself on top. But life has a sense of humor and a big-ass mirror that reminds Eli where he came from, and shows him what he’s really made of when he meets Gideon Valsecchi.
Gideon Valsecchi has one life goal – get out of the shithole where he lives on the South Side of Chicago. To say life has been unkind is a joke he can’t even laugh at; to say he’s going to have to claw his way out is a reality that nearly crushes him every day. But...he has a secret weapon, and he’s learning how to hone his skills. Yet, hope is a feeling he won’t indulge in until he gets to know Elijah Tucker, who shows Gideon there is an out, and it can include love.