The death of his father should be a moment of freedom for Daniel McCafferty. The violent demon of his youth is finally gone and yet Daniel finds himself mired in past mistakes and struggling to clean up the mess his father left behind. Kenneth McCafferty’s death has created a vacuum that powerful men are eager to fill, but they’re all waiting for Daniel to make the first move. And in the middle of it all is Christian.
The men met at 18 and shared a few months of incredible passion before Daniel walked away without a word. Christian was left devastated and never forgot the man who broken his heart. When Christian is threatened by a dangerous adversary, Daniel doesn’t hesitate to protect the only man he’s ever loved. But an ocean of lies and pain separate them and unless Daniel can find a way to leave the past behind, it may be Christian who walks away this time.
Loving Daniel is the third book in the MC Securities series and it’s certainly my favorite so far. There’s plenty of angst and action, along with a pair of main characters that felt fully developed from page one. Daniel and Christian are second cousins who grew up worlds apart. The end of their whirlwind love affair leaves Christian struggling to understand what went wrong. Daniel grows into a cold and distant man who works constantly to prevent himself thinking too much about what he left behind. I love an angst-ridden protagonist and they don’t get much more angsty than Daniel. He’s broken in more ways than one and I could almost feel the pain rolling off him. Christian is less easy to read sometimes, but his desperation to find some kind of peace between Daniel and the past they share is palpable. It makes their relationship believable and engaging almost from the start.
Loving Daniel does have some pacing problems initially. As strong as the characters are, the story limps along for the first quarter of the book until really finding its stride. From then on, it never feels slow or sloggy. There is also a completely unnecessary marriage sham tossed into the mix and it’s only on page for a couple of chapters. It serves no purpose and stands out as this glaring, what the heck moment. It doesn’t hurt the overall story by any means, but it just feels awkward.
I enjoyed Loving Daniel quite a bit. Despite being third in the series, I think it can be read as a stand alone. The events of the previous books are explained well enough and I don’t think new readers will feel disconnected. The characters are multi dimensional and it was easy to engage with most aspects of the book. If you enjoy angst and a powerful love story, then I think you’ll enjoy Loving Daniel.