Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Empty Box by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow

Title: The Empty Box
Author:  Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Publisher:  Loose ID publishing
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 299
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Dave’s taking life day by day after leaving Travis, his emotionally abusive partner of fifteen years. Working as the cook at the Square Peg is all the social life he has and he’s content with that.

When a swerving car leaves him sprawled on the snowy sidewalk with a broken ankle, being rescued by his new neighbor, young, sinfully pretty Jeremy, seems like the start of something good, even if twenty years separate the two men. But Travis isn’t content to let Dave slip away and Dave’s his own worst enemy, holding Jeremy at arms’ length when Jeremy wants to get as close as possible.

With decisions about his future complicated by his tangled past, can Dave accept the second chance Jeremy offers or will his heart stay empty of love?

The Empty Box by authors Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow is a powerfully gripping story. I really got into this book and could not put it down.  It is one of those books you want more of and are sad when it ends.
Dave works at the Square Peg as a cook.  He is really depressed that everyone seems to have someone but him.  He is a good person, works hard, has a great heart. But his old boyfriend has done a number on his self esteem.   His luck turns around when a driver almost hits him, and he ends up being rescued by his adorable neighbor Jeremy.
Jeremy is a computer builder. He mostly talks to his cat not real people. So he is shy but adorably awkward.  He wants Dave even though Dave keeps saying Jeremy is too young for him. He sees the good in Dave and knows they could be great together.
Dave has one serious problem, his ex.  The ex starts to become obsessive, abusive, and threatening. Dave must choose between a new love and the old one that is toxic and not good for him.  I liked seeing Dave grow up. He is a good person with a good soul.  I am sorry about the ending of this book, what happens when Dave makes that final step to break away from his ex. I thought that part was totally unfair to Dave.  But again shows what a great story this was, for me to feel that connected to Dave.  I really feel both authors did a great job with this book.  This story is not for everyone, there are scenes  some readers might not like, but for me this book is a keeper.  I really will be looking for more from both authors, they have shown me depth of character, understanding of what they are talking about, and made me really love their men. 

                              Five Shooting Stars

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