Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review:Unraveling Josh by Edie Danford

When the crown prince of bad boys hooks up with his former high school crush, he’s after just one kind of happy ending.

Nick McQueen just scored the perfect hookup—Ellery College ski champion, Joshua Pahlke. What better way for Nick to prove his transformation from high school loser to sexy sinner? He’ll gift golden-boy Josh with the hottest, dirtiest sex of his life and then leave him begging for more.

But his definition of happiness is about to change…

Josh needs to blow off steam. He’s spent years pushing himself in academics and sports, but nagging injuries and career doubts have him craving a new challenge. Nick might be the key—he sure as hell turns Josh’s crank. Josh eagerly rises to the task of winning over moody-broody Nick. But when new love and old secrets change the rules of their game, “winning” takes on a whole new meaning.

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What I thought about Unraveling Josh

Playboy Nick McQueen can't believe his luck when he hooks up with Josh, a crush from his teenage years and all around sports hottie.  It's meant to be a one night stand but when Josh turns up as a fellow at Nick's college, both men are in for some hot sex and rough times ahead of them.
Nick is sure of one thing-- the nickname he got at fourteen is going to be his claim to fame and he goes about proving it by hooking up with lots of guys. He's been hurt before and he's not about to put his heart out there again.

Josh is a bit high-maintenance in that he has some skin sensitivities that put the breaks on spontaneity, but together the men find some very erotic times and they start building a relationship, even though Nick keeps telling Josh he doesn't want anything exclusive.

As time goes by, Nick starts to like what he's building with Josh, as long as he doesn't think about what his past behavior and secrets he's been keeping from Josh.  Josh is falling hard and fast for Nick, wanting something more permanent and willing to wait for Nick to be ready.

I loved it when authors do a great job of the falling-in-love part of the story and Edie Danford does a really nice job of getting me to like both of these men.  They aren't perfect, but there is real caring there.  And when the crap hits the fan, they don't just resolve their conflict with a steamy look and a roll in the sack. I was thrilled that Unraveling Josh gave a good amount of page time to the resolution of their love story.  

I have to admit I was pretty choked up for the last twenty percent of this book.  Nick goes through such a transformation and to me he was the focal character of this book.   I thought he was the one that got unraveled in a lot of different ways throughout his story arc.

This was my first Edie Danford title and I will read other titles from this author.  I loved the dense emotional content of this story and I ended up really liking both Josh and Nick.

ARC provided for review.   

About the Author
Edie lives in Vermont with her husband, two sons, and random creatures that might or might not be pets. She loves libraries (where she's found play, work, and love since she was a kid), long walks (unless ice is involved), lewd language (in the right context), luscious romance (of any variety), and alliteration.

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