Miles Eisenberg loves his daughter Zoe more than anyone else in the world. Having to leave her with his sister while he goes to direct his new film is hard, but there’s no one else in the world that he would trust Zoe with. Everything Miles does, he does with the thought of his daughter in mind. Which is why he doesn’t get involved with men for more than a night or two. Zoe’s mother, Miles’s best friend, died giving birth to her, and Miles is determined that no one in Zoe’s life will leave her again.
Sawyer Taylor has only ever had one relationship. Sawyer and Elijah met in high school and were inseparable ever since. But four months ago, Elijah walked out. Heart broken and at loose ends, Sawyer needs to move on but he doesn’t know how. When Hollywood comes calling in the form of a job as a set photographer, Sawyer almost says no because he’s never traveled outside of Mississippi. In the end, he knows he needs to try something new to move on with his life and accepts the job. But San Francisco, where the movie is shooting, is a far cry from his home. His first night in town, he sight sees and ends up in The Castro at the end of the night. He meets a man, is attracted to him, and they agree to spend the night together. After a hand job in the car, names are finally exchanged. And that’s when Sawyer realizes that his new boss, Miles, is the one he’s about to hook up with. Miles doesn’t take it well, and leaves Sawyer twisting in the wind.
To say that the men start off on the wrong foot is an understatement. After that encounter, the men try to avoid each other. But staying at the same inn and working together makes that impossible. There is a strong pull between them, but neither man thinks they are in a place for a relationship. Miles runs hot and cold, one minute wanting Sawyer, and the next pushing him away. When Miles finally gets his act together, Sawyer is the one who thinks things are moving too quickly and needs some space. After time, both Sawyer and Miles are on the same page. As they begin to navigate the waters of their budding relationship, they try to give each other what they need. It doesn’t always work out like they expect it to. But their connection is undeniable, and though they have doubts and worries, Miles and Sawyer know that if they can just get past their stumbling blocks, they can have something that will last forever.
There were a couple of things that I really liked about this book. The first and foremost being Sawyer. Yeah, I really enjoyed this guy. I adored his naiveté, his innocence, but that he had a solid backbone underneath. He wasn’t all wide eyed and taken in. Sawyer knew what he wanted, what he deserved, and he wasn’t afraid to say he wasn’t getting that. Sawyer worked for me on every level.
I liked that this story was about the romance between two imperfect men, who didn’t always handle everything perfectly. They hurt each other, they made up, they worked on things. And that’s why, when it got to the end, I was ready to believe their HEA. To me, it felt like there was a bit of insta-love going on here, but it mostly worked. The connection between the two MCs was alive, and I felt it. So even though there were a few instances where it felt like more description was needed of their interaction, I was willing to go with their emotions and ride the story.
I really liked the secondary characters throughout this book. Miles’s daughter, Zoe, made me grin. I loved Martin, who owned and ran the inn where the movie crew stayed. He was so well rounded and developed, and played a big roll. He was supportive and understanding and I loved that he took Sawyer under his wing. I really adored how he assisted these two guys in getting their act together. I sort of thought of him as a fairy godfather, and he was just a sweetheart.
I did have a tiny problem with the pacing. Sometimes it felt that the time jumps were there just to give us some vague description to get us to the next big moment in their lives. With these two guys, I would have loved to see a bit more of the inconsequential things. A bit of interaction that barely moves the plot, other than to show us more of their connection. I felt that was missing, just a little.
If you like a story with broken hearted men finding love again, who push each other away until they can finally pull each other closer, then Dream ‘Til Monday is for you.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.