Thursday, June 28, 2012

Absolutely Eric (Boston Boys #2) by Erica Pike


Simon Preston loved his life. Between his job as a highly paid architect and his lover, Chad Murphy, things couldn’t be better. And since adopting the precocious little girl who was the love of their lives, he was ready to take the next step - marriage. After a grueling day at work, Simon decided to surprise his melded family with a homemade dinner and a selection of the finest Disney movies available. He also had another surprise in mind. Gay marriages were legalized in the state of New York and even though their relationship wasn’t perfect, Simon knew it was time to make it official. The feast prepared, he waited. And waited. 

Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or that’s what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side he’s tired of being a playboy and wants to find love.

Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesn’t see that the guy who’s been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Boring-suit-guy Alexander Centauri isn’t only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guy’s lap and goes after Mr. Wrong…who looks so right.

When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.

Reviewer: RedDragonfly

Eric is a man-whore. In his own words, he is a “flaming gay and he  flaunts it”. He sleeps around and has fuck buddies and never feels shy  talking about it. He even went to have a threesome with his best friend  Adam and Jesse (the love characters from the first book in this series).  Then comes Alex—handsome, cute, but boring in the way he acts and the  way he dresses. Eric feels insecure around him, and, in my opinion, the  reason is because he likes him and is attracted to him without knowing  it because he can’t imagine himself attracted to someone as boring as  Alex by Eric’s standards. 

When Eric sleeps with Adam and Jesse,  Adam asks him to be real, not his fake, flashy persona. While being in  this threesome, something in Eric changes. For the first time he  witnesses a couple who are so in love make love. He feels it in their  spoken and unspoken connection and he wants this too. Eric agrees to go  on a dinner date with Alex and afterwards takes him to a nightclub only  to leave him there with his own friends and go off with Rafaello, who he  thinks later that he is in love with. Alex is hurt. Later, when Eric  goes to his job at Alex’s magazine, he discovers a new side to Alex and  then starts discovering new sides as if he peels away layer by layer to  see his core personality and Eric can’t help but feel attracted to him  and regrets losing him but now cannot act on his attraction because Alex  has started a committed relationship with his close friend Terry.  

  I loved this book and I loved Eric’s funny expressions  ("spankalicious"). I also liked the slogan on his t-shirts. It showed  how free spirited he is. I think, however, he does it to draw attention  to his exterior so nobody can see his interior. This book is about how  we only discover the value of what we had once we lose it. It is also  about friendship and you can’t help but love each and every one of  Eric’s friends. Once I started, I couldn’t leave the book. I was so  drawn to all the characters except, of course, for Rafaello, and I can’t  wait to read the HEA for each one of them as the series continues. 4  stars   

Publisher: MLR Press

Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


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