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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeleine Urban

The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeleine Urban
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Tuberose

When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie is threatened when David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is not-so-slowly falling in love.

Trace has never desired another man. He's a ladies' man with quite the reputation, considered a top prize around town. But his close, treasured friendship with David is intensified by the emotion and arousal, and the lure of having David so close is irresistible. Soon Trace makes it clear to David that he wants to know if they can make it work between them. Because Trace is sure he won't ever want anyone else—he already loves David.

If you are looking for a sweet M/M read, this is the book for you. David Carmichael and Trace Jackson grab your attention from the very beginning.

I love friends to lovers and gay-for-you books and this is one of the best I have read to date.

David and Trace have been best friends for five years and when David suffers a horrible migraine, he calls Trace. When Trace arrives and sees how bad of shape David is in, Trace stays with David to make sure he is okay. After David takes the medicine for his migraine and rest for awhile, he decides to take a shower and falls and breaks his shoulder so Trace decides to stay with David until he is healed.

Even though the two are best friends, David and Trace find out more about each other as they spend more time together. One of the things that Trace learns about David is that he’s gay. In contrast, Trace is a ladies man, but spending so much time with David and sleeping in the same bed every night, has Trace thinking of David in a new light. Ms. Aile and Ms. Urban do a wonderful job of showing the growing friendship and more between David and Trace. The readers get swept along in the caring the two men have for each other and the gradual build to so much more. We see the jealousy when David has friends over and one of the friends flirts with Trace, which Trace being a typical ladies man seems to enjoy. The reader is there when David finally seduces Trace and it’s wonderful.

If you want a story full of conflict and sex, this is not the story for you. If you want a wonderful story full of romance, love, friendship, and humor, you’ll want to grab this book as quick as you can and find out which one is The One That Got Away. This is a love story that you’ll be going back to over and over again. I’m hoping Ms. Aile and Ms. Urban write a sequel that involves one of the friends so that we can see how David and Trace are doing. Or, better yet, just write a follow-up story for David and Trace. The One That Got Away is a heartfelt story and I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

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