Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.
Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.
Forewarning….I’m a bit all over the place on this one. I quickly dove into Daniel’s book after finishing Tony and Jack’s. I was excited for more of this sexy Seattle series. Annnd, I have a thing about reading in proper order and couldn’t wait to get to Michael’s book even if it meant withstanding the urge to leapfrog this one. Eli took me on a roller coaster of emotions but in the end, I was grateful for the ride. Cheating is one of the few things on my ‘no go‘ list. I ignored the warnings and forged ahead anyway, with my foot heavy on the gas. *whispers* Can I tell you a secret? I didn’t really care about this particular instance of infidelity. It really didn’t even feel like cheating to me. *shrug* I think it’s because I felt as if Nick was trapped in a relationship prison. Technically it was a marriage but it was a prison all the same. It wasn’t real. They were miserable. Was it deceit when the foundation was fraudulent? Yes, yes it was. Did it bother me very much? No, no it did not. Was she horrid and blackmailing him? Ohh, whoops, maybe I should stop my reasoning here and just say, I hated that Nick was ‘stuck’ and relished in his freedom and finally living and revealing his true self. Let me tell you a little bit more…
Daniel and Nick have been best friends since college. They just…click. Nick hid his attraction to Daniel and continued on with the life he thought he was supposed to have. Sadly, this path did not lead to happiness. Granted it did give him two awesome kids and he wouldn’t trade them for anything. I suppose this is one of those ‘everything happens for a reason’ examples. Because without Marcia, he wouldn’t have Jenny and Sylvan. When Daniel’s father reaches the end of his battle with cancer he looks at his son and is struck with despair. He regrets the sacrifices he made in his life and can’t stand to see Daniel follow in his footsteps. His final wish is a wake-up call for Daniel. He wants him to have everything he surrendered in his race for success. I loved Frank. I loved how he never gave up. I loved how bold and blunt he was. We knew he was living his final days from the beginning but I still mourned his passing. He was the catalyst in Daniel’s awakening or enlightenment as it were. Which takes us to…
Daniel is kinda like sandpaper. If you go against the grain, he will rub you the wrong way. But if you figure out his direction he will ease the path for you. I understood him and then, I enjoyed him. He’s a man of action, not a sayer but a doer. I loved that once he suddenly realized what he wanted, he went after it. I loved how his eyes were opened to not only how special Nick was to him but everything else he ‘could be’. I loved how he embraced the kids. I loved how he went full out to care for his father in his final days. I found it easy to…love him. Nick loved him from the beginning and then loved him in a different light for many years. When the opportunity to love him romantically flashed before his eyes, he almost couldn’t believe it. Easton presents a beautiful friends-to-lovers with a gang of real characters. It was clear her goal was for us to hate Marcia and it was ‘mostly’ successful. In the end, I was grateful that more than one happily-ever-afters were captured. An extra bonus was checking in on Jack and Tony. All in all, I had a wonderful time and can’t wait to tackle Michael’s precarious matching next!
Awareness may strike at any time. Obstacles may prove to be problematic but not impossible. Kids are present and true to life. And the reminder that it’s never too late to claim your happiness.
If you haven’t met Tony and Jack yet, I’d highly suggest that you do…and then join Daniel and his family for this whole nine yards of possibilities.
TITLE: The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle #2)
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
PUBLISHER: Pinkerton Roads
LENGTH: 212 pages
RE-RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2020
BUY LINKS: Amazon