DANIEL MULLIGAN is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates look down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Northern Michigan, but, a city boy through and through, when Daniel arrives in Holiday, Michigan, it’s clear that this small town is one more place he just won’t fit in.
REX VALE clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his large, muscular body until it can handle anything, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people. Though he loves the quiet and solitude of his little cabin in the woods, Rex can’t help but want someone to share it with.
When Daniel arrives in Holiday, they are smitten with each other, but though the sex is intense and explosive, Rex fears that Daniel will be one more in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in could be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls that have been keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia where a secret is revealed that changes the way he understands everything.
I’ve owed this book probably since the day it was released, simple because of the cover. Just breathtaking. But never got around to reading it. So when the audio came up, I jumped.
And so glad I did. What an amazing story between two people that have so much to give but because of childhood trauma’s, that never went away, never healed from. They never believed in a Happy Ever After would happen for them.
Rex, is this amazing brute of a man, that because of a situation when he was smaller, in size and age. He has vowed to let that never happen again.
Daniel, on the other hand is small naturally but growing up with brothers that hate him and what he is, a gay man, has learned a thing or two.
As Daniel navigates the new job, new life in a new State. Rex tries to help understand that Daniel is a person first and doesn’t need the coddling he wants to engulf him in.
Watching these two learn each other, the relationship and life is so brilliantly done that this audio book just flew by. I found myself driving the long way through the neighborhood so I could get an extra few minutes in.
Hearing the hardship that Daniel had to deal with was tough, but having to know that back story is what made this story so perfect.
The narrator did such an amazing job, all the voices, the moods, tones, just wow.