The Empty Box is the third book in The Square Peg series by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow.
Dave is trying to take his life a day at a time and is not looking for anyone serious after leaving is ex who was emotionally abusive. He is content with being the cook at The Square Peg. When he meets a new neighbor, Jeremy who while younger than Dave knows what he wants from life. Jeremy will not let Dave keep him at arm’s length.
The beginning of the story leaves you interested in how this book will turn out. By the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were interesting and true to life. I liked that both Dave and Jeremy each had faults that they must deal with making them believable.
The point of view alternated between Dave and Jeremy, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat storylines. The main conflict is the budding relationship between Dave and Jeremy while Dave deals with the trouble his ex-boyfriend causes. I liked that the characters motivates seemed to fit into the story. I would have liked of a backstory to the relationship between Travis and Dave. The dialogue between the characters was open and distinct. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Dave's taking life day by day after leaving Travis, his emotionally abusive partner of fifteen years. Working as the cook at the Square Peg is all the social life he has, and he's content with that.
When a swerving car leaves him sprawled on the snowy sidewalk with a broken ankle, being rescued by his new neighbor--young, sinfully pretty Jeremy--seems like the start of something good, even if twenty years separate the two men. But Travis isn't content to let Dave slip away and Dave's his own worst enemy, holding Jeremy at arms' length when Jeremy wants to get as close as possible.
With decisions about his future are complicated by his tangled past, can Dave accept the second chance Jeremy offers or will his heart stay empty of love?
Third in the Square Peg series (The Square Peg, the Broken Triangle)