Book Reviews

Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations 2) by Diana Copland at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-May-2017

Book Blurb

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

Book Review

To say I've been eagerly awaiting the release of 'Michael, Reinvented' would be a mild statement considering my building excitement ever since I discovered the author was making this a series, AND writing about Michael and Gil for book two. I adored Michael when I met him in David's story. He's snarky, says it like it is, is a bitch, and, as I suspected, hiding far more vulnerabilities under his exterior than most would imagine. Gil is my definition of a gentle giant, but he's no Ferdinand. He knows what he wants and is going after it with both eyes open to the realities of the world.

At the end of 'David, Renewed', an idea of Michael's created the company of Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design - a company owned and operated by gay men with their focus (primarily) being the new interest in restoring the old homes and buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jackson, Gil, Manny, Vernon, David, and Michael comprise this new venture. Unfortunately, the new company isn't making enough money, yet, for David and Michael to leave their current positions with a downtown design firm, but it might not be long. Of course, this also puts Michael in uncomfortably close proximity to Gil far more than he likes.

"Most men fell into two categories for Michael: men he’d screw and those he wouldn’t. He’d given up on anything more than that a long time ago. He could certainly see himself sleeping with Gil, but the idea of doing it made his palms sweat and his mouth go dry with the fear there might be more to it."

The first night Michael is housesitting for David, he interrupts a man vandalizing David's property with homophobic slurs, who proceeds to chase Michael with a shovel, intent on doing serious harm. There's no question this isn't David's ex, but they never caught the man who vandalized Jackson and David's vehicles in their story. Now it appears this person might be escalating. Michael is scared out of his mind, which I would have been too, and Gil comes over while the police are there. However nasty the circumstances for putting these two together, it is about time Michael deals with his issues.

Oh, the dance between Michael and Gil was practically sublime. Unfortunately it's interrupted, or perhaps stimulated, by a disaster occurring on Delta's job site that appears to have been caused by foul play. Regardless, Michael is determined to not let his fears from his childhood and his past stop him from making a life with the man he loves.

Again Diana Copland has completely wowed me with her writing, her characters, and her overall story. I was hooked (through the nose) at the 5 percent mark and the tug just got stronger and stronger. I absolutely loved the ending, although the author has left enough small cracks that the investigation into the man they believe responsible for everything might not be completely finished and tied up in a bow. Regardless, I thought Gil and Michael were incredible characters, I'm excited to see Delta RRD continue its work on the historical mansion, and now I'll need to ponder whether the couple I think is going to be featured next, will be. Hmm.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 220 pages/75059 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-May-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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