Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: The Pet Stylist and the Playboy by Rebecca James

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy
(The Hedonist #2)
by Rebecca James
Release Date: July 7, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Swish has been in love with Dante since the day the tough biker found him homeless and miserable in a gas station restroom, but Dante's never shown the younger man anything more than brotherly affection. Deciding it's time to move out of the MC's clubhouse and away from Dante, Swish takes a live-in job working in a privately-owned animal shelter where he can continue his pet stylist business. What he doesn't realize is he's not going to be as far away from the object of his affection as he thinks.

Dante's time of being a playboy biker is fast coming to a close. At summer's end he turns 30, and that means fulfilling his promise to his parents and returning to high society in the Hamptons. That dim prospect should be all Dante can think about, only Swish is moving out, and suddenly Dante can't do anything but obsess over the kid he's always thought of as a younger brother. Telling himself he's only making sure Swish is doing okay on his own, Dante takes a summer job landscaping at the animal shelter where Swish has taken a job. There he learns a few things about the young man he's never bothered to find out before, including that Swish's real name is Isaac, and he enjoys wearing a certain something under his jeans--something that Dante's surprised to find he would really like to remove--preferably with his teeth.

When Dante gives in to his need for Isaac, the playboy biker quickly finds that disentangling himself from the man he once thought of as a kid brother proves harder than expected, and that perhaps after years of one-night-stands and partying, his priorities need to change. Only not in the way his wealthy and controlling parents want them to.

I find myself mostly frustrated with this story. I enjoyed Book 1 and really looking forward to the rest of the series. Granted, I will definitely be reading the next one because I like the author's writing style and I love the secondary characters that she built up. My 3 stars for this is mainly because I don't like Dante, the hero of this story.

We know Dante, the manwhore from the previous book and Swish aka Isaac had a crush on him. After 2 years hanging about the clubhouse, Isaac decided to leave and he found a home with an elderly named Gus, who owned an animal shelter. I understand that Isaac leaving trigger something in Dante, he miss his friend, he feel protective towards Isaac and there might be some underlying feelings around there. I know deep down Dante is a good guy. 

However, Dante also need to leave the clubhouse and take over his family business. Not only that, his family even find him a match and waiting for him to start breeding. Urg! This is what I can't stand, Dante acting like a sheep blindly going along with the plan. The story tried to make me sympathize with his situation, but to me stringing along not only Isaac, but another innocent woman is pure selfishness. He keep going back to Isaac, even though he know it will end badly. I feel bad for Isaac and the so-called girlfriend, but I don't feel bad for Dante at all. When he finally pulled his head out of his ass after something happened, is too late to win me over.

On the positive note, this is a book I devoured because I'm so angry, I have to finish it asap to see how everything will be resolved. I love all the secondary characters, including both the OM and OW in the story, that's a first for me. I'm definitely looking forward to Blaze/Lake and Ax/Caleb's story.