Title: Saving Mr. Fox
How can you hope to find love if you cannot love yourself?
Eric Fox is an actor faced with his most difficult role yet—being himself. Seven years ago, on the way to his high school prom, an accident drove him from the arms of his young love, CJ. Eric ran away to LA, and CJ was left to pick up the pieces of his broken heart and broken life.
Guilt and regret has eaten away at Eric since that day, leading him to turn to the darker side of celebrity—to sex and alcohol. On a downward spiral and after a series of bad choices, Eric makes the difficult decision to return home. But returning home and having to spend two weeks with the man he left behind could be an obstacle Eric is nowhere near ready to face.
Can Eric find the strength to ask for CJ's forgiveness? And more importantly, can he find the courage to forgive himself?
Author: Meredith Russell
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: 3 January, 2014
Genres: M/M Erotica
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Who doesn’t have a memory of the one who got away, and wonder sometimes about the ‘what if’? Meredith Russell gives us just one of those moments, but the couple now stands a chance to reunite after all the time has passed.
Erik fled his hometown for the bright lights of Hollywood after an accident in which his friend and crush, CJ was involved. For years he has felt guilty for leaving as he did, and that guilt has marred his relationships, leaving him on the seedier side of celebrity. CJ, in the meantime, has been dealing with his own guilt about the accident, the aftermath, and the unanswered question of why.
Erik returns and while I was hoping for some warmth between these two, I didn’t find it. What I did find was a lack of discussion or talking about the baggage from the past: there was a chemistry that felt almost as if Erik was just moving east to continue his bad habits with a familiar face.
There was a point at which CJ became my favorite character of the two: his dedication and attention to both his sister and the children at the youth center were attractive, if not always displaying the depth one would hope for. In fact, both may feel guilt, but neither showed that in any emotional way that I could relate to.
Now, this is their second shot at love: and I also had difficult believing in that. I could see, we all can see, the steamy connection that is built in lusty interactions and detailed as such, but the communication and tenderness that I expected in a story of this length weren’t displayed for me with any measurable emotional investment. Quick and light reading, this has some steamy moments and potential for great characters but just missed my expectations.