Dax knows restraint. I don't think I'm giving too much away by letting slip that for as long as he's known her, he's been in love with the beautiful Lynsie.
That, of course, would be all fine and dandy if it weren't for the small matter of her being married to, and desperately in love with, his best friend Lincoln.
Consequently, unlike so many other novels where the alpha male swoops in to get the girl, Dax does the noble thing ... nothing. Stays friends with Lincoln, and with Lynsie, suffers patiently as she sets him up on date after date, trying to find him the perfect woman all the while knowing he's already found her, and she isn't available.
Then, in a tragic twist of fate, Lincoln is removed from the picture leaving the road open for Dax to be exactly what Lynsie needs in her time of sorrow, a friend. Just a friend, and maybe someday, eventually, something more.
There's a wonderful nobility in Dax's restraint. Time and again pushing aside his own wants, needs and desires, because the strongest of his desires is to see to Lynsie's needs. That's not just a romance novel cliche, that's real love shared via the written word.
There are books that stick with you long after you've read them, and I strongly suspect that this is one of them, because, strange as it may seem, it stuck with me for a year before I got around to reading it.
The wife read it a year ago, and as she does with most books she reads, she told me all about it as she was reading, and even that second hand retelling of the story was powerful.
Reading it for myself, even more so.
- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (6 March 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496135393
- ISBN-13: 978-1496135391
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 653 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews