My Thoughts: I give it a ♥♥♥ I rounded up to a 3. This story shines precisely because of its realistic view of life, in the setting, the plot, and the characters. Most everybody has met a Michael, right?
Though it’s kind of short on conflict, what there is, is understandable. It’s a big change, and Michael fears taking all the risks in one go. It is also believable that, after a time, he’d realize it was worth the leap of faith. The secondary characters are well developed, though it was a bit too much of a wish come true for everybody to be so very understanding.
Jason Davis can handle a breakup. And an overwhelming mortgage. And a struggling business. And the excruciating pain that keeps him up at night thanks to a shoulder injury. But all of it at once? Not so much. When his shoulder finally pushes him to a breaking point, Jason takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad struggling to make ends meet. When a mutual friend refers Jason as a patient, and Jason suggests a roommate arrangement to alleviate their respective financial strains, Michael jumps at the opportunity.
But Jason soon finds himself regretting it—he’s too damn attracted to Michael, and living with him is harder than he thought it’d be. In fact, the temptation to act on his feelings would almost be too much if not for the fact that Michael is straight. Or at least, that’s what their mutual friend claims.