Saturday, August 27, 2016

S.E.X. Review~ According to Design by Nicole Dennis

Amid turmoil and triumph, two men weave through all the colors of life to find one another.
As construction on the Charm wraps up, multi-media artist Wyatt McBride creates special metal and glass designs to add the finishing touches. When his brother accepts an overseas military duty, he takes in his teenage nephew, Collin. Things are already upside down since he’s lost a dear friend to AIDS, and now he has to deal with teenage angst and losing his heart to a brilliant but shy teacher.
To keep his mind out of the past, Keegan Donaghue comes to Shore Breeze to take a position as a high-school science teacher and part-time forensics detective for the sheriff’s department. A special student connects him to the local artist, but he’s still running from his past. Addiction and abuse remain there, lurking in his mind, along with mild PTSD-induced panic attacks. Cryptic, troubling emails from his ex-boyfriend don’t help the situation either. 
Shy of relationships and opening their hearts to trust, these two men learn to weave their lives together during the trials of daily life. Neither one expects everything to go according to fate.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes involving PTSD, as well as the discussion of, and flashbacks to, domestic violence and drug addiction. There is a scene of assault involving homophobic slurs, a scene of violence and attempted kidnap, as well as a very brief reference to rape.

Things began to wrap up in Nicole Dennis’ According to Design, Southern Charm series. The B & B and restaurant was about to open and the men of Shore Breeze settled into their lives of happiness and love.

Wyatt, resident artist and art dealer agreed to care for his high school aged nephew while his parents deployed to the Middle East. Keegan came to town for double duty~ science teacher and forensic specialist. Together, Wyatt and Keegan formed a loving relationship, based on friendship and eventual love.

I enjoyed the dynamics of Wyatt and Keegan but the interaction between Wyatt and his nephew Collin appeared at times stagnant. The conversations were forced and did not flow. Additionally, the parent-teacher conference seemed over the top in the men’s desire to solve Collin’s problems with a magic wand.

Ms. Dennis gave justice to all the previous books by interjecting the characters and allowing them to maintain an integral part of the current story. The books should be read in order to maintain a sense of the flow and world building.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
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