“Don’t Look Back in Anger”
In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …
I was homeless.
I’m a recovering drug addict.
My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.
I have a serious aversion to women.
My gay partner is a home wrecker.
I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.
I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.
I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.
Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.
My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”
I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I'd drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.
She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.
My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.
Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Expected publication: April 13th 2015
Why did I pick this one up? Two words for you: Makeup artist. That’s it. It really had nothing else to do with the blurb, maybe a few other things peaked my curiosity, but it was those two words hooked me and I just had to read it because how many books have you read where the main male character is a makeup artist? My personal count is zero so I had to read it. But before getting into my thoughts I do feel compelled to do a little Buyer Beware here: The blurb is perfect. It gives a potential reader a pretty good idea of what the book will be about BUT only about 5% of it is told by Trick. This definitely wasn’t a deal breaker for me when I started the book, but I know some may not feel the same, so fair warning to all.
For the most part I really liked Only Trick and was hooked from the opening paragraph. I loved Darby’s quirky, witty, compassionate and somewhat spastic nature. Her life was in no way perfect but she dealt with things in the best way she knew how and sometimes it was by simply going with the flow. Patrick “Trick” Roth was a mystery from the start. Too sexy for his own good, he barely speaks and when he does it’s either in short sentences or one word. His whole stay away, I’m unattainable vibe only ends up making him more interesting to one and all, straight or gay. Their growing relationship was one that had me bouncing back and forth from loving them together to rolling my eyes at the “insta” feeling of how quickly certain things happened and were resolved between them because some I felt needed more than an “I’m sorry. I love you.”
The mystery surrounding Trick’s past and his amnesia was what I enjoyed the most about the book and really liked how it all played out. The clues that were peppered throughout the story were well done and while I did figure out a piece of the puzzle, I definitely didn’t see the what the final resolution would be. The actual ending to Trick and Darby’s story is one where I love that they both get their HEA, because they really do deserve it, but one aspect of it had me going “hhmmmm.” and not totally agreeing with it, but it does give the story a nice clean ending.
Overall I really did enjoy Only Trick, despite the WTF moments I had with certain things. It’s a fun and sexy read with interesting characters and a well written mystery weaved into the story.
~ I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she's not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.