Rating: 4.5 stars
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Mason hasn’t been so lucky in love. He’s shy and socially awkward. Hiding his feelings for his best friend and maintaining a friendship with an ex who cheated on him, Mason has accepted his life of loneliness. When he plans a vacation to the country, he reluctantly takes the advice of his friend and hires an escort. One week on the countryside with a complete stranger.
Jack isn’t what he expected. He’s beyond beautiful, available, and willing. He’s also bossy, controlling, and outspoken. He’s up for anything, a man who longs for no relationships and no connections. He’s a self-proclaimed Peter Pan. But every now and then Mason sees a side to Jack he wants to know better. And when Mason wants to pretend to be an actual couple, pretend they actually know one another for the remainder of the week, tempers flare. But when actual emotions get involved and lines are crossed, it may be easier for both men to run away than to face their own faults.
I love this book! This tale of a self-proclaimed Peter Pan and the man afraid to face his own feelings is actually quite the Cinderfella story. Complete with jaded characters, princely fellows, supportive best friends, and rags to riches. It’s a story of finding and accepting one’s self. And a story of a fairytale type of love. I loved it.
I adore Mason. He’s quirky, awkward, and shy. He has a hard time expressing his own feelings. He’s afraid of losing his best friend by telling of his unrequited attraction to him. He’s a great character. Regardless of his shy, awkward behavior, he’s still strong. He is able to stand up for himself and tell Jack what he wants and what he doesn’t want. So despite his sweet vulnerability, he’s not a doormat.
Jack is our jaded man. Beautiful, world-worn, and cocky, Jack knows who and what he is. He does what he does because it’s his choice. And everything about him is his choice. But just like the Peter Pan and the Lost Boys he’s afraid of growing up, afraid of what the future has waiting for him.
I love both of these guys. The way they push each other into seeing their true selves, push each other into being better people, into following their dreams. The way they ground one another. The way they balance one another. They’re quite the couple.
The story started off just a little slow, but it picks up quickly. And when it does, it’s hard to put the book down. It’s very character driven, and given the character’s lives, professions, and background, it’s easy to get pulled into this tale. It’s a well-written story that flows seamlessly. I enjoyed it immensely.
So, yes, I definitely liked this sweet, modern day Cinderfella story. The characters and their relationship are precious. And the story is entertaining. I recommend Second Star to the Right by A.F. Henley.