Building A Life by Alexa Snow

Building A Life by Alexa Snow
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (104 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Levi goes to his best friend Cooper’s engagement party, he doesn’t expect to meet an adorable 5 year old named Ashley or to be re-introduced to her hot, intriguing father Philip. Levi is anxious to get to know Philip, and the feeling seems to be mutual. But Philip is married to Cooper’s sister Meg, even if his wife has been mysteriously out of the picture for the past two years, so this ready-made family can’t possibly have room in it for Levi… or can it?

Levi is the best man for his good friend Cooper’s wedding. While at the engagement party, he meets Philip, the separated husband of Cooper’s sister, Meg. Sparks fly, but despite their attraction neither feels right in acting upon is, as Philip and Meg are still technically married. While things between the two men are incredibly complicated, some things are crystal clear. They’re both extremely interested in each other as a lot more than friends. Can they work past their respective issues and build a proper life together?

This is a really good, strongly emotional story. The pace was slow enough I enjoyed Levi and Philip trying to sort themselves out and work on their relationship. This isn’t a story where the main characters meet, fall instantly in love and have large amounts of rambunctious sex. Each have their own baggage, and both have plenty of stuff to work through to find their way to each other. I enjoyed how the story didn’t drag, but didn’t gloss over any of the hurdles and race to the finish line either. I feel the author should be commended on the pacing of this story.

I also really enjoyed the characters. Levi and Philip were both vivid, three-dimensional to me. I felt a particular kinship to Levi and found myself very sympathetic toward him. While the plot “twist” toward the end is easily guessed – as is the ramifications and resolution – I still was impressed that there was a plot, and a decent one to boot. Not just a throwaway, easily “fixed” thing made to pad out the sex. While not precisely original, I found the timing and conflict really added to the characters development and the forward motion of the relationship.

A strongly written, heartfelt erotic romance, this is a lovely story to curl up with. It’s great for a relaxing weekend with a lovely hit of spicy sex and tons of emotion. I really enjoyed the characters and pacing and would happily try another book by this author.

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