Erryn reviews ‘All You Touch (Love Starts Here Book 2)’ by E.M. Lindsey. The ebook was published August 22, 2021 and was 200 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick Hudson, released August 19, 2021, and is 7 hrs and 59 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I always snag everything this author writes.
He was the best thing that ever happened to him…in the worst way.
West Balkany lived his life by one rule: make your own luck. And that means fighting his slum lord when his building starts falling apart, forcing himself to finish school no matter how much he wants to quit, and most importantly, never do something as stupid as falling in love.
Unfortunately, that last part isn’t so easy when his gorgeous one-night-stand who dragged him into a bar supply closet and made him see god, keeps turning up everywhere he goes.
But he doesn’t have time for Jake- no matter how much he wants to. His father’s health is failing, his deli is barely getting by, and now he’s facing a massive legal suit against Larsen Property Management for trying to kick everyone out into the streets. He also knows that Jake is hiding something, and he’s pretty sure whatever it is, it’s enough to turn his life upside down.
But Jake also makes him want to try, and that’s what scares him the most.
Jakob Larsen spent his life running from the man his father always wanted him to be, but that all comes to a stop when the man announced he was leaving LPM. He finally has a chance to prove to both his brother and to St. James that he can turn Larsen Property Management around and do something good for the people his father has been tormenting all these years.
The problem is, he’s just not quite sure how, when no one trusts him to do the right thing.
And it doesn’t help that Jakob has found himself distracted, falling for a gorgeous, stoic deli owner who has no idea who he really is. All Jakob has ever wanted was to be truly loved, but now that he’s found the one person he could see himself growing old with, he has to face the truth: everything they have is based on a lie.
Will he ever be a man worthy of forgiveness, or will he have to face the fact that everything he touches turns to dust?
All You Touch is the second book in the low-angst, humorous, steamy series, Love Starts Here. It contains no cheating, and a happily ever after.
I adore E.M. Lindsey and snap up as many books of hers as I can. I missed book 1 in this series and clearly the previous couple had quite a story, but I wasn’t lost as I settled into this one. As always, there are a huge number of characters because she’s setting up a series, but I coped.
I really loved these two men.
West has carved out a decent life for himself. He’s taken over his uncle’s deli and although money is always a worry, and he can’t afford to hire help, he’s also managing some courses at the local college at night. He’s surviving – as he has for most of his life. It’s not a wealthy existence, and life can be stressful, but he’s coping.
Jakob – or Jake as he prefers – has a good life. He’s been in Europe for years representing his family’s interests. Even had a French fiancée. But his father’s failing health has recalled him to America where he finally has to face what his family business has been up to – gentrification that is stealing homes away from impoverished people who can’t afford the new fancy places built when their buildings are torn down. When he comes up against a particularly stubborn tenant, he knows things are about to get heated.
Jake hides his identity because he wants to get to know West without the pressure of his family name. That backfires – of course – and when all is revealed, it doesn’t go well. But love can be a sneaky devil and eventually the men find their way back to each other.
Like I said, I enjoyed the book. Am really looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
And, of course, I have to mention Nick Hudson. His narration style suits Ms. Lindsey’s books and it’s always a pleasure to listen. Can’t wait for the next one.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E.M. Lindsey is a bisexual, agender gay romance writer currently living in the S.E. United States. They’re a full-time writer, Classics scholar with a penchant for Ancient Greek, and an avid collector of shoes they will never wear. When they’re not found creating happy endings on their laptop, they’re either walking their dogs, going on hikes, or enjoying their new home.
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