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I've never read this duo before and aside from one nitpick, I really enjoyed this story. It's well told and written, the characters are fully realized, and there's conflict but it's more related to each of the MC's families (Vince's big Italian Catholic family and Trey's alcoholic mom) and how that impacts their relationship than any tired and worn out romantic tropes.
Vince is nearing his 40s and has been divorced three times when he comes to a realization about himself: he's possibly gay. I was worried about this aspect, because how do you get that old and at least never wonder if that might be the case? As it turns out, Vince did wonder - a lot - but shoved it so far into the closet he managed to forget it most of the time. Trey is in his mid-twenties and struggling to hold down two jobs and go to school. He has no doubts he's gay but is saving himself for Mr. Right. I fully bought the idea of Vince just coming out to himself, and Trey deciding to take on a closet case. They are oddly suited for each other and it shows from the start. I also really appreciate the slow burn because insta-anything always leaves me feeling a little cold. I actually got to see them interact with each other, get to know each other, and develop feelings for each other, and that made the sex scenes much sexier, imo. I also liked the examination of heteronormativity and how it does NOT translate into gay relationships.(show spoiler)
I feel like a lot of M/M writers would benefit from reading up on that, especially those who previously wrote M/F and are trying to cross over to M/M.
As for the main conflicts of the MC's families,(show spoiler)
Now for my nitpick: Vince's POV is written in 3rd person, and Trey's in 1st person. This completely threw me the first time Trey's POV came up, and distracted the hell out of me the entire first half of the book. I did eventually get used to it though and it didn't bother me quite as much by the end, but it's still annoying enough to lose half a star off the rating. There was also one use of 3rd person during one of Trey's chapters, but that was the only time it happened - and I think actually the only typo in the whole book.