Blurb: Other than his most prized Lamborghini, Karl Andrews has nothing to his name. He’s down on his luck and his dollar, and his dream of becoming a professional chef is looking more and more like a pipe-dream. Even less than a pipe-dream when restaurants won’t even take him on as a waiter.
And he won’t ever, no not ever, consider selling his one possession. No matter how much he could make from it. Just wasn’t going to happen.
He’d rather . . . rather . . .
Hell, he’d rather apply for that position to be a Girl Friday.
Other than the title, the job sounds all right. Bit of cooking, cleaning—nothing he can’t handle.
Until he goes to the interview and discovers the man looking for the help is the same man he’d bullied, mocked, terrified as a boy. But Paul Hyte is obviously a better man, gracious and forgiving. And trusting—as the biggest part of the job requires looking after his son.
Despite the initial forgiveness, things are tentative between Karl and Paul, and they’ve both got to reconcile their pasts if they want any type of proper closure. As the two men learn more about each other an undeniable attraction grows between them—but can the two manage to forge a future together on such a rocky past and complicated present?
I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know that I could be the better person in a situation like this one, allowing an old school enemy to help take care of my son, it’s incredibly forgiving. I thought Paul was pretty awesome for that. It was what drew me into this story. At first I thought that Paul was straight and this was gonna be a repeat of the first book but I’m glad that is not the case because I remember not liking that one as much. Paul has a hard time with his feelings (this happened in the last book as well so its a recurring) but the addition of a child added more to this book. Paul’s struggle with his sexuality is wonderfully written and helps Karl come to terms with his past relationship as well. I though that was a nice parallel in the story.
The child was not a prop either. He was an integral part of the story. Children have a way of changing our entire view on the world and what we want from it. I loved how Charley was the catalyst that brought such happiness into their lives. Especially after they each had so much heartbreak.
Karl for the most part was exactly how I expected him to be. I enjoyed his growth as a character. He starts out a bit jaded IMO. And I think the fact that his old enemy was willing to start over with a clean slate really helped his pettiness and/or bitterness towards other people. And it knocked him down a peg. The Lambo holding sentimental value was a nice touch and I could relate to that so hard. My husband’s last parting gift from his father was to pay off his truck so he could continue working. He will NEVER get rid of that truck. The sentimental value is priceless. I think I could have benefited from knowing more of Karl’s family background, we just really get a peek-a-boo into it.
All in all a great follow-up and I plan on finishing this series this year. Heck, I’ve already read the next one.