I have a love/hate relationship with Cara Dee books but what I always love are her plots and the passionate and kinky couples depicted. This book did not dissapoint in that respect. With that said though, I didn't dislike this book but I didn't love it either. This had the insta-love vibe and I prefer a more slow burn. There was no relationship tension and everything was resolved quite early on. The writing was a bit choppy with the flashbacks and jumping ahead in chunks of time but wasn't too distracting to the plot. This isn't heavy on the man on man loving but it had a nice balance. There is a MMM scene that I wasn't a big fan of though. Also this is a Daddy kink book which I have never particularly enjoyed but wasn't terrible. The fact that Madigan knew Abel since he was 6 icked me out a bit though.
While I didn't love this book because of my personal preferences I would still recommend it if you are looking for a sweet story about a taboo relationship with a side of kink and minimal angst or drama.
When I read the synopsis I admit I was a little apprehensive to read someone addressing mental health, especially when the story is written from their POV. I was surprised to find a character who was self aware enough to process their bipolar and anxiety in a way that felt relatively honest and realistic. The introduction of kink was well done and didn't read like an instruction manual on best practice (which is frustratingly common). The kink felt honest, and the Daddy Dom aspects were undeniably hot AF. My only real complaint was the character names. Having a main character called Abel and a support called Adeline (which is shortened regularly to Ade) means I found myself focusing on trying to keep track of who did what more than I would have with more distinct names. 4.5/5
Love love loved this book. I could relate to so many aspects of it. Being an anxiety suffered I know the daily struggles. It’s nice to read how Abel was able to find his way through it. Oh plus it is stiflingly hot