Series: South Haven #1
Published by Self-Published on 7/21/2017
What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you’d left behind?
Jackson Davenport, the charismatic, strait-laced heir to the Davenport fortune, has a secret. One he’s been hiding since he graduated from South Haven all-boys academy—and that secret’s name is Lucas.
When a work trip takes Jackson back to his old stomping grounds, memories of the year he shared with Lucas come crashing to the surface. With growing pressure from his father to settle down and take over the family business, Jackson knows he’s on borrowed time, and sets out to find the free-spirited daredevil he once knew.
But Lucas isn’t the same man he was eight years ago.
One night. A shattered heart. And an endless parade of nameless faces. Lucas Sullivan is South Haven’s ultimate playboy, a reputation he’s honed since the only boy he ever loved left without a trace. To the world, he’s brash and confident, an in-demand artist who spends his days designing one-of-a-kind pieces and his nights as king of the downtown scene.
Many have tried and failed to get past the barrier he’s carefully constructed, but it’s the shy, studious boy he once coaxed out of his shell who still haunts him.
Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was lust. Or maybe…it was a little bit like love.
Oh! Well, hello cute little surprise that I devoured in two days. Hi.
Every now and then I like to choose a book to read based on nothing but a hunch and go in completely blind. It’s like my own literary Russian roulette. It’s pretty harmless, however I’ve been grazed a couple times. I’m happy to say that I didn’t have to dodge any bullets with A Little Bit Like Love and I’m thankful to that little nudge towards this second chance m/m romance. Looks like I’ll be dusting off those other Brooke Blaine titles on my kindle.
I’m pretty smitten with this book. Heroes Jackson and Lucas were bother very likeable, as individual characters as well as a romantically involved pair. I loved the way their friendship was the victor even in those initial uncomfortable moments shortly following their reunion. It was also extremely satisfying to see them rediscover one another following their drawn out separation. It was really well paced and it was easy to identify the attention that was given to make the story well-rounded.
Okay, yes, the sex was good too. Bow chicka wow wow. Horn dogs.
It wasn’t peaches and cream from the get-go, however. The first 1/3 felt a bit loose, it really could have gone off the rails. BUT! The stylistic choice to hold off on divulging the shared past of the two protags kept my eyes peeled to the pages. I wanted that defining scene that fueled the conflict between them in the present, and BB made me work for it. In the end, I’m not complaining (much) because along the way I got to meet some super fabulous supporting characters and reveled in their easy-going and hilarious banter.
I definitely recommend this little m/m gem, especially if you love second-chance-childhood-best-friends-to-lovers-allthetrope-ish reads.