This is the fourth book in this series and while it could be read as a standalone, the relationships of the other characters will make more sense if you read the first three. Also, the main character here, Dale shows up in the other books. As in the other books, there is a warm cast of characters. Friends to the end, always having each other’s backs. All the characters add so much warmth and fun to this story.
There are good doses of remembered teenage angst and those awkward moments at your high school reunions. At its heart, this is a story of the one who got away, not once but twice in this story.
Adam leaves Dale behind after one hot, sweaty and sex filled night for the Navy right after they graduate from high school. Dale is devastated, but moves on. At their ten year reunion, they connect again for another hot steamy night. Dale thinks he has a chance now, but then Adam goes back to the wife to give it one more chance. Dale is beyond devastation now, but once again moves on. So when the invitation for his twentieth reunion arrives, he’s torn about going. But he decides, with some help from his friends, not to let the chance of seeing Adam keep him from seeing the people he wants to reconnect with. And so beings round number three.
But of course Dale’s heart takes over and rules where his mind says he shouldn't go again, back to Adam. So begins a trip to a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship. Dale thinks he’s okay with it and that’s all that Adam wants. But as the relationship continues Dale realizes that he’s not doing okay with the status quo. Is he willing to take whatever Dale gives him or is he setting himself up for heartbreak? What does Adam really want?
The author does an amazing job of taking the reader on the emotional journey that Dale lives while reconnecting with Adam. You feel every high and every low. And while you want to reach in and shake Adam from time to time for hurting Dale so badly, you still care enough about him for you to want them to get to their happy ending.
Fool me three times…
Dale Ramsey is looking forward to his twenty-year high school reunion except for one small problem. Adam O’Connor, his old friend—and old flame.
Twice before, Adam has disappeared from Dale’s life. Once after a graduation night fling, and again after a hot reunion years later. When Adam resurfaces this time, single and on the verge of retiring from the Navy, Dale wonders if he’ll want to mend fences…and maybe tear up some sheets.
The spark between them is alive and well, but Dale resists. After all, Adam only seems to come around when his life is in flux, and Dale is through being a placeholder until something better comes along. He wants his friend back, but not if he’ll be deserted a third time.
Inevitably, though, their attempts to rekindle their friendship wind up igniting something much hotter, and stirring up emotions too strong to ignore. Making Dale wonder if he should put his heart on the line…or if this time he should be the one to walk away.
Warning: Let’s face it, Dale’s been sitting quietly (well, kind of) on the sidelines since The Distance Between Us, and he waited patiently through The Closer You Get. Dude is seriously ready for some scorching-hot action, so keep a fire extinguisher and some ice handy. These boys are gonna need it…