Shifting Views (The Carlisles #4) by Meg Harding #mm #review @dreamspinners

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Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.

Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.

Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Liz Cat

Shifting Views, a contemporary m/m romance by Meg Harding is the fourth book in her Carlisles series. Fashion model Denver Carlisle is living apart from his twin, Dorian, for the first time. It doesn’t go well at first. He’s lonely, the walls are too bright, and he gets rejected by his neighbor, Ethan Monohan. Ethan, a bakery owner. The attraction is hot, but the two men have to battle their issues before they find happily ever after.

Ethan was one of the most complex characters I’ve read in a long time. Much as I wanted to be frustrated with his wariness for relationships, after learning about his tumultuous childhood in the foster system, it all made sense. I wish I could say I had the same sympathy for Denver, but he struck me as immature from the very first pages. So much so, in fact, that under other circumstances I may have quit before I ever met Ethan, and that would have been a shame. Between Denver’s childishness and the present tense storytelling, Shifting Views just did not work for me. However, I am sure many other readers will feel differently.

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