Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he’s lucky a friend’s younger brother needs a place to stay. He’s surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete’s body. Apollo’s widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It’s been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it’s time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he’s all man now—an adult who’s fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo’s muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can’t afford to fall for that guy. He’s determined to hold out for someone who’s able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he’d expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what’s more important if he wants to keep Dylan in his life—his past or his future.
This series is going to kill me. But what a way to go.
I’m writing this review three days after finishing the book and I still can’t get it out of my head. I’ve read two other m/m romances since this one and I still can’t get it out of my head. These two have really stuck with me. Something about Apollo’s grief struck a chord in me. Or maybe it was how Dylan handled Apollo’s grief – acknowledged it existed and didn’t treat it like a weakness – that got me. I don’t know, but the whole damn thing had me crazy emotional.
Apollo inspired a lot of emotions all on his own. The poor guy is a wreck. Two years after losing his partner in a tragic accident, caring for their twin daughters and not dealing well with the circumstances. He’s still a great dad, and great at his job with the Navy SEALs, but he’s not really living his life.
Enter Dylan, an initially unwelcome presence, who throws Apollo’s very ordered existence into much needed chaos. Not that Dylan tries to strip Apollo of his anal organization and systems, but just by his very nature he adds an element that Apollo can’t control with a list.
They’re perfect foils for each other: Apollo has a system for everything, is ruled by logic and his own anxiety, where Dylan is spontaneous and open and not easy to ruffle. That combination works so well, not only in their dealings with each other, but in their dealings with the kids.
Of course, once they give in to their mutual attraction, those roles get all mixed up. When Apollo unwinds he is something else entirely. It’s as hot to the reader as it is to Dylan.
The last quarter of the book is so heartwarming you might actually overheat. These characters won’t be leaving you anytime soon.
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