How can you plan for the future when escaping the past seems impossible?
After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wes—even with the best of intentions—makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding in New York.
It doesn’t help that Connor still treats Wes like glass, though Wes insists he’s recovered from the brutal assault he suffered a year and a half earlier. Wes may be okay, but Connor isn’t. Memories of taking a battered, terrified Wes to the emergency room that night still haunt him, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from any and everything life might throw at him.
But Wes has had enough. Between the specter of the ethics complaint and Connor’s overprotectiveness, he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.
This story is a pleasant and well-written sequel to Priceless and picks up shortly after the end of that book. There's a lot of drama and internal strife for Wes and Connor, both inside and outside their relationship, as they travel to New York to get married. These issues are both believable and handled in a mature way that reiterates the connection between these two.
The outside world invades the idyllic life Wes and Connor forged which puts their futures in jeopardy and in trying to protect Wes, Connor has again made Wes feel like the younger man he is. Wes just wants to be considered a partner to Connor and is tired of being treated with kid's gloves. He doesn't want to live in the past, he's all about moving forward and he wants to move forward with Connor. Connor's still stuck in the past though as he can't get over the trauma Wes went through. It's led him to be overprotective of Wes to the point of smothering. He keeps anything stressful away from Wes which almost puts an end to their happiness. Thankfully these issues are dealt with quickly and in a mature way through talking.
This was just a small speed bump in an otherwise joyous story with love scenes that were emotional but not too overtly sexual. Along with the two main characters we got a return visit from Steve, who was given his own book in this series, as well as being the catalyst to Wes and Connor meeting. We also get a visit from a family member of Wes' whose background story is shrouded in mystery but is surrounded by pain that has me intrigued. This is an immensely satisfying story with a likable cast of characters working hard for their HEA. It's a wonderfully heartwarming addition to the Irresistable Attraction series and I look forward to these continuing glimpses into the world of these science geeks.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.