Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg by the hospital staff for their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control.
Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to re-evaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.
As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond they share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.
When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.
Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.
“Sometimes you choose a path that leads you down a road you never thought of taking and it changes your entire world. It becomes a path of challenges and you question everything in your life, and the reasons behind why things happen.”
For Micah and Josh that is exactly what this story was about. Life brings them down a path they were not expecting and it changes everything for them. When they first meet, saying they don’t really like each is an understatement. There were so many misunderstandings and assumptions that played into this story that these men were quick to judge but at the same time it had them questioning everything they ever thought.
Micah is this brooding, controlling angry doctor who doesn’t make time for anyone. He’s married to his job and is all about power and control. He has no patience for anything really. Keeps his distance and doesn’t open up himself to anyone other than his one friend Alex.
Josh is picking up the pieces of his life after a getting burned from a past relationship. He completely changed his entire life and is just basically trying to figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. He’s not interested in putting his heart back out on the line but he’s not really made for one night stands either.
This one was pretty much lust at first sight even though they couldn’t stand each other. I really loved seeing the conflict they each had going on in their heads. I totally could see the attraction they had even when they wanted nothing to do with each other. I love when we get that in the book. I really enjoyed the banter, miscommunications and misunderstandings but I will say I just wish the buildup to lovers was more of a slow burn.
Even though Micah can really be a pain in the butt with his knee jerk reactions to things I really felt for him. He really did not win the lottery where his parents were concerned and because of that I could understand why he is the way he is. Josh was amazing. He completely won me over with patience and his determination to see past Micah’s bullshit. I loved seeing Josh’s desire override his past hurts and that ultimately gave him the ability to show Micah that he could be loved.
Overall I really enjoyed this story. I loved how together they were able to overcome some of things that jaded them. Their connection was strong and I loved the tender moments they shared when they really opened up. The sex was hot, there was some angst and I really loved seeing how their common ground brought them together.
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.