Genre: Contemporary Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: Bi
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
He can go fuck himself…
Dexter spends his days in class and working. He has goals and a future to work for, but he can’t deny the loneliness. When he ran into Isabel he’s pulled into an emotional rollercoaster he didn’t ask for. One that involves an overprotective brute he wishes would go away. It’s not like he’s her boyfriend, so what’s his issue?
Then why this time?
Rashawn shouldn’t be surprised. Picking up random guys was Isabel’s MO. It was nothing new. However, why was this one so infuriating? He wasn’t anything special. Just some college guy who was probably after nothing other than sex. Once she gets her fill he’ll be old news and things would return to normal. Right?
Both men have been pulled into a triangle they didn’t ask for. They are forced to fight for what they want. There’s one problem. As time goes on neither of them is sure what that is anymore.
Note: this book may contain situations that are difficult for some readers, including child abuse (not on page), alcoholism, and emotional abuse
This book is an emotional rollercoaster about three people, each with baggage dating back to when they were children: Isabel (Izzy) who was her father’s punching bag, Rashawn (Ra) whose mother was a crack addict and both of them met in a group home. Dexter (Dex) whose mother was an alcoholic and died from alcohol poisoning. These three come together, and when they do their lives will forever change.
Dex is an RN back in college, studying to be a doctor. He works, goes to school but is very lonely until the day he accidentally bumps into Isabel.
Isabel is a teacher, an alcoholic and has sex with any man she meets, and that man turns out to be Dex. She rooms with Ra, who has taken it upon himself to look after her ever since they aged out of the group home. He loves her but she doesn’t return that love, not in the way he wants.
When Ra sees Dex and Izzy together he freaks out and their relationship doesn’t get any better.
One night while Dex helps Ra get Izzy into bed after she was knock down drunk, the unexpected happens and he and Ra kiss.
How was that possible? Both men are straight, or so they thought. Is it possible that they’re bi, something neither of them wants to consider? They can’t get the kiss out of their heads, and all they think about is each other.
Of the three of them, it’s Ra’s story that is most heartbreaking – the reason he can’t let go of Izzy and can’t stop trying to help her. As the relationship between Ra and Dex moves to the next level, they both know that with Izzy in their lives there’s no future for them. It would take a tragedy to get these three damaged people to reevaluate their lives.
It’s a beautiful story but not a happy one – so much damage done by the people that should love you unconditionally. It takes time to find out the real story behind Ra’s childhood and his determination to save Izzy in spite of herself, and it is a very heartbreaking story. Dex and Ra want a future together, but the road to HEA is bumpy, filled with past hurts that have to heal themselves.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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