Book Reviews

The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle 2) by Eli Easton at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-January-2014

Book Blurb

Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.

Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.


Book Review

"'How can I know for sure though?' Daniel asked anxiously. 'I mean, can I push it one way or the other? Is that dangerous? If I go 'gay' will I decide down the road that I'm not really? If I repress it, will I one day find myself outside Pike Place Market naked and masturbating and screaming about Justin Bieber? How do you know?'"

This is why Eli Easton has become a new favorite author of mine. She makes me laugh, a lot. Even though the topic of this story is more serious than 'The Trouble with Tony', the author still manages to give me the giggles in places, which lightens the story and I don't feel as if I'm drowning in drama and angst. Don't get me wrong. I'm the angst and drama girl, but even I need a break from the heavies sometimes and I've found the author to do it with. This is the second book in the author's 'Sex in Seattle' series and even though it could be read as a stand alone, my personal opinion is it's better to read them in order.

I fell for Daniel the instant he opened his mouth and started talking in Dr. Halloran's office. Anyone who describes themselves as - "Dr. Halloran, if Type A had a Kinsey scale, I'd be at the far right. If it were a rainbow spectrum, I'd be black." - I adore people who are very self-aware and Daniel knows his strengths, his weaknesses and his quirks. He understands why he behaves the way he does and he recognizes what he needs to do to get an answer to his sudden desire for his business partner and best friend, Nick, a man. One session with the clinic's sexual surrogate for gay males and Daniel knew he'd been batting for the wrong team his whole life. And, he didn't even need to do more than kiss and grind against the surrogate. Whew. Big relief because he doesn't really want anyone but Nick.

Now Nick was a pretty sad case, just as easy for me to adore, but I wanted to wrap him in a blanket and make all the negative stuff go away. I suppose the reason I couldn't identify with his wife and pretty much felt she should be shot for not giving him anything in the physical relations department for three years (I know, right?), not even a hug or a peck on the cheek, is because I've known women like her. They don't just live in the Seattle area, either. The only two things in his life which make Nick happy are his kids and his job with his best friend, Daniel. Now Nick fell in love with Daniel when they were roommates in college, but he knew Daniel was completely straight, so Nick moved on and got married to a woman he thought he loved. "Marcia was always trying to make him jealous. He had no doubt she revved other guys' engines - hell, he'd seen it. But he seriously doubted they ever got anywhere with her. And even if they did, he'd been voted off the island for so long, at this point he didn't especially care who got on."

Even through the funny parts, this is a story about family and disappointment and finding yourself. Regardless of the fact that I could never cheat on my husband, I try never to judge anyone else's decisions or choices. Just because I understood what happened with Marcia and Nick, it didn't mean that my heart didn't break for them both while it was occurring. This was a wonderful addition to the series and even though it's more dramatic than the first book, it's well worth the read. I highly recommend the entire series and I thank Eli for writing it. Great job, Eli!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novel, 212 pages/53682 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-December-2013
Price $5.99 ebook, $19.95 audiobook
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