Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Taking Care of You by Dani Gray

Series: Taking Care, 1
Author:  Dani Gray
Publisher:  Siren Bookstrand
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 124
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Shane Turner never hid the fact that he was out and proud, not even when it cost him the use of his legs. When he's attacked on his way home from the Pride Parade, he learns that being out and proud might be dangerous, but it also brings him the rescuer of his dreams.

Michael Franks has issues on top of issues, but the frightened cries of a man being attacked make them seem insignificant. When he rescues Shane and discovers a man who makes his heart race, he has to find the courage to step outside of his comfort zone in order to hold onto Shane's heart.

The instant attraction Shane and Michael feel for one another is something they want to explore, but physical and mental challenges are ahead for the two men. Will they be able to overcome them while trying to survive the three attackers who want Shane dead?

Taking Care of You is the first book in the Taking Care series by author Dani Gray.  This story for me had a ton of problems. Mostly about the pacing of this book. The breakneck speed at which we are to digest information makes this story really hard to read. In the space of less than 24 hours, a ton is thrown at us so much, so it took away from the character development and connection.   Even suspending belief could not make me like this book more. I really wanted too, cause the story itself is very good. I think it has great amazing people in it just needed to slow way way way way way way down. 
Okay, let’s talk characters. Shane is leaving a Pride Parade grounds, he is attacked. Shane is in a wheelchair so having a group of bullies beat the crap out of him is not just low for them but downright awful.  He does get rescued.
Michael is huge and has an even huger heart. He rescues Shane. He gets more than he ever thought out of this too.
Okay, Michael is supposed to have issues, like OCD, touch issues, cleaning issues… so on.   Okay let’s roll with that none of it is explored in this book. The author just tells us this and we are to take it at face value. To be fair, I don’t think there was time enough in this book to really explore what should have been explored on this issue.
Overall this story needed to slow down and more showing less telling. Then this would have been great. As it stands it is all over the place and left me feeling shell-shocked after I read it.

                               Three Red Stars 

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