Friday, December 11, 2015

Unmasking Zach by Edie Danford

The missing piece of the puzzle might be the one piece he can’t keep.

Before heading for grad school, Zach O’Malley needs downtime from his superhero-worthy schedule. Painting houses seems like the perfect summer gig for some mindless mellowing out.

There’s just one wrinkle in Zach’s Zen plan. Coworker Kirby Kurtcehajic, a hippie kid who starts hitting on him with happy and hardcore voracity three seconds after they meet. And has the ability to make his mind and body leap with a single smile.

Kirby would be the first to call himself a cockeyed optimist, but even he admits he’s had a tough year. After busting his knee, losing his cat, and accidentally demolishing his Vermont house, seducing way-too-serious Zach is the ideal distraction.

But when another spectacular mishap lands Kirby in crisis, Zach puts on his superhero cape to come to the rescue. And as boundaries dissolve, Kirby realizes he may be in too deep. Because the end of summer is coming, when Zach will be moving on, and Kirby will have to continue his quest for independence—alone.

Warning: Contains an unlikely friendship, an unwanted attraction, undeniable emotions, and enough outdoor sexy times to make a full moon blush.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Do you love warm and fluffy romance? Do you understand the necessary balance when an author pairs an uptight guy with a free-spirit? Then Unmasking Zach is probably the read for you.

Kirby is a sweet 19 year old, who has a bum leg and a few missing teeth. He's a loner with a bad past: drug addict mother and a religious father. Independent, living off the grid in a Yurt, a vegan, and terrified of houses. Not many jobs are offered for a guy like Kirby. His friend Ray offers him a job painting houses, and that's where he meets his love interest.

Zach is Mr. Serious. He's always lived his life reaching goal after goal, and making new ones as soon as they are realized. But he's never just stopped to smell the roses or look around himself. He needed someone to force him to live his life in the here and now, not in the future that may never come to fruition.

Together, Zach & Kirby are the perfect balance.

Sweet, heart-warming, funny but not over-the-top, Kirby was my favorite character of the story. His skin-hunger – a scene where he gets a massage was explosive to read. I will say, I enjoyed Kirby during his narration, but not so much during Zach's narration. There was a definite disconnect on how Kirby felt and thought about himself and how Zach saw him, and this gave me a bit of whiplash.

I'm on the fence on what rating to give Unmasking Zach. 5 stars? 4? 3? So I settled on 4 solid stars. There were many things that didn't work, but more that did. Overall, the only major drawback was that the book was drawn-out with repetition that didn't propel the story forward, but those scenes were still sweet, warm, and fuzzy. If Kirby fell down one more time, I was going to buy him an inflatable bubble to roll around in. During the climax, I feared another ‘fall,’ but was thankful that wasn't the case.

Flaws or not, I was entertained the entire time, wanting more from the characters. Some books that should have been shorter have me thinking, "When will this end?" but that never occurred while I read Unmasking Zach.

I look forward to the next in the series & as this was a review book, I jumped for it before realizing it was book #2 in a series. I'm looking forward to some downtime, where I'll grab my own copy to read, because Ray sounds like an intriguing character.

Genre: MM Romance | Contemporary Romance | Alpha & the twink | College student/manual labor | Disabilities |

Edie lives in Vermont with her husband, two sons, and random creatures that might or might not be pets. She loves libraries (where she's found play, work, and love since she was a kid), long walks (unless ice is involved), lewd language (in the right context), luscious romance (of any variety), and alliteration.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Unmasking Zach (Ellery College #2) by Edie Danford to read and review.

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