Erryn reviews ‘Love Him Desperate (On the Market Book 5)’ by E.M. Lindsey. The ebook was published September 14, 2020 and was 288 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick Hudson, released May 10, 2021, and is 8 hrs and 46 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m really enjoying this series.
“Don’t be ridiculous. There was nothing to steal. I was always yours.”
Every important thing in Dmitri Williams’ life has come and gone along the narrow roads and tall mountain peaks of Cherry Creek.
Dmitri wants love, but he’s not quite sure he’ll ever find it. His sexuality is confusing on a good day, and the one person he wants is the one friend who can never know how he feels. Raphael Meyer is older, charming, and better looking than Dmitri will ever deserve – and somehow, he thinks Dmitri is worth his time.
Dmitri knows he will never be worthy, so he puts all of his efforts into making sure Raphael finds someone who will adore him as much as he deserves. Even if it destroys his heart in the process. And no matter what his friends keep saying, Dmitri isn’t sure he’ll ever believe that Raphael returns his feelings.
It’s the makings of star-crossed lovers, because Dmitri has never believed in happily-ever-afters. But, in the end, Raphael might just have enough desperate hope for the both of them.
Dmitri had a rough start in life. His parents were neglectful drug addicts, and his only salvation was extended family who took him in. They’ve cared for him and given him a life in Cherry Creek, but he’s never been able to fit in. Then he has a run in with the law. He just can’t seem to cut a break.
Raphael came to Cherry Creek in a very twisty road that led from Europe to America. He has cerebral palsy and although his previous loves claimed they understood, when his illness became too much, they walked out of his life. Now he’s got a fuck buddy who is aromantic, a group of good friends, and a life where he’s happy.
He doesn’t see Dmitri coming.
Dmitri is in need a friend, and he finds that and more with Raphael. He also finds someone he starts falling in love with. But Raphael is older and more pragmatic. He knows his illness is going to lead to further disability and his reliance on others is likely to increase. No way is he going to saddle a young man with that kind of baggage. He encourages Dmitri to set some high goals and to reach for them, including a job he wants and the college education he never dreamed he could get.
Then someone enters their lives who is about to change everything. The question was always if the men were going to get their heads out of their asses and see what was right in front of them and plain to everyone around them. Admitting you see yourself as damaged goods is tough. You’ve put yourself down for all these years, believing you’ll never find someone who sees beyond that. When that person finally comes along, reaching out is beyond difficult.
But this is a romance and they make it work. Thank God.
I’m loving the men of Cherry Creek who keep popping up. This book is a stand-alone but much better enjoyed if you read the ones before it. And, of course, I really like Nick Hudson. I think he’s just the perfect narrator for the series.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E.M. Lindsey is currently living in the United States. In the very little free time they have, they read, Netflix binges, and writes– in that order. E.M. Lindsey’s works can be found exclusively published on amazon.