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Checking It Twice (Carlisles)

by Meg Harding

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The Carlisle brothers are at it again. This time it’s one of the twins’ turn and things are more complicated and less likely to lead to a happy ending than ever. In this series of seemingly diametrically opposed partners, the first two pairings were difficult enough. James, the food critic, has found happiness with Bastien, a restaurant owner. James’s brother Jackson is now together with his ex-pretend boyfriend, former escort Aaron. And now that it’s Dorian’s turn, he doesn’t pick an easy path to romance and love either: with Dorian a model and Eric a professional ice hockey player, they are heading for disaster of all kinds. The result is a story full of heartbreak, lots of errors in judgment, a few soul-searching moments, and more than one surprise.

Eric is about as deep in the closet as most professional gay athletes, feeling he has no choice if he wants to have a career. Two of his teammates know about him – they found out by accident when they walked in on him the one time he took a hookup home – but nobody else has a clue. Eric is determined to keep it that way, even when he meets Dorian at a photo shoot and they begin texting, then secretly date, and before he knows it, Eric is in far deeper than he thought possible. No matter – his career comes first! I could have strangled him at that point, but have to admit, I did sort of see it coming.

Dorian is out and proud, a successful model, and would have never thought he could fall for an athlete. One, he does not even like or follow any sports, and two, he knows it’s a risk when he does begin to date Eric, but he thinks he can handle it. Turns out he can’t, and when Eric wants to keep things a secret and Dorian has to decide if that is something he can live with, the consequences are dire. I felt for Dorian – even though he had his eyes at least half-open when he walked into the affair, I can’t blame him for not being able to control his feelings. Anyone who claims they can is either lying or not really invested in the first place, in my opinion.

Eric and Dorian do not have it easy, but they are not doing themselves any favors either. They can see the attraction, they both like having fun, but neither of them wants to consider that there might be more to what they are building together. Once they have to face the truth of their emotions, things come to a head and it takes time and honesty before they can fix it.

If you like opposites attracting each other only to find out there is more to life and love than they believed, if you want to watch a macho athlete and a good-looking model fall for each other and tear up the sheets, and if you’re looking for a read full of passion, desperation, and as much emotion as the first two books in this series, then you will probably like this novel.


NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews. ( )
  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
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