08 February 2015

Rabbit Wars (Eostre's Baskets #3) by Whitley Gray

 After two months in Dubai supervising a construction project, architect Jefferson Fontaine returns home to find his boyfriend boffing the dog walker. Reeling, Jeff grabs his dignity and departs. The arrival of a mysterious wicker box and a letter requesting Jeff’s presence for the reading of a local entrepreneur’s will sends Jeff to his hometown of Crooked Creek, Colorado. The last thing he expects is to encounter an old flame who disappeared fifteen years ago.

After high school, Ashton Eiker hoped to start a future with the boy he loved, but his world crashed when Jeff refused to bring Ash along with him to college. Ash ran from the rejection, but returned to Crooked Creek a year ago, bringing his confectionary talents and opening a chocolate shop. When the great uncle of a childhood friend names Ash in his will, he could hardly anticipate getting a helping of his past in the mix.

Jeff and Ash jointly inherit the historic Jeremiah Rabbit House, and are forced to work together to meet the terms of the will or neither will have the mansion. It’s a battle of opinions, shared personal history, and present attraction, but the true prize isn’t the Rabbit legacy. It's the chance at something better.
This is about Jeff, an architect that has just got back from Dubai and found his soon to be ex-boyfriend with another man. And Ash, his first real love that he left behind many years ago in a town that he thought he would never see again.  After Jeff finds Deak the boyfriend and storms out of the apartment he heads to the office only to find a box of chocolates and a note from an Estate lawyer requesting his presences at the reading of the will of Dalton Rabbit.  Since he is off for the next couple of weeks he heads to Crooked Creek, CO. A town he has been avoiding and memories he’d rather leave in the past. Ash has pretty much stayed in this town and now owns a sweet shop and became a chocolatier. He is both happy and nervous that Jeff is back. Can these two meet the demands of the will and life and still find out if life will give them a second chance?

This was my first Whitley Gray book, and over all I enjoyed it. I liked how both MC’s had a past and was able to overcome and reconnect. That Jeff was able to talk to Ash about his work issues and even though at first didn’t want to, was able to listen. I liked that even with Ash’s hard childhood he was able to overcome and turn into such a great man. What I wasn’t fond of was the flashbacks, for one – in general I’m not a flashback person and two you can’t really tell they are happening until your half way through and like, this doesn’t make scenes… oh yeah. Flashback.  However, I will be looking this author up for more great stories.


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