Review: “Shifting Views” by Meg Harding

TITLE: Shifting Views
AUTHOR: Meg Harding
SERIES: The Carlisles
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2017
PRICE: : $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.

Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.

Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.

This book is part of The Carlisles’ Series but can be read as a standalone. In this book, we have the two main characters, Denver Carlisle who is a 30-year-old fashion model and Ethan Monahan who is a 34-year-old bakery owner. We do get to meet Denver’s family members and significant others throughout the story but they are easily integrated and there’s no sense of confusion as to how they are involved.
Denver has just moved into a new apartment after living with his twin brother who has recently moved in with his boyfriend. Denver has always had his family around him and has never had to be self sufficient. So, he’s almost at a loss as to what to do on his own—deer in the headlights comes to mind when we first get to know him. But he’s also very stubborn and determined to do this adulting thing on his own but is always thinking in his head, “What would my sister or brother do/say?”

Ethan has owned his bakery for the last 4 years, he lives and breathes his business and has no time for anything else especially relationships. His only friends are his two employees, and he mostly lives in his own little world of eat, sleep, work, repeat. The bakery will always be his number one priority as he doesn’t want to fail. Ethan is a little bit of a control freak and has issues with abandonment and attachment so doesn’t really get close to anyone.

When they meet for the first time, we can definitely see the attraction between them. There’s is a lot of going back and forward of one person then the other making an embarrassing mistake when they are really just trying to impress and then when they do get together there’s doubt from both sides as this is all new territory.

I really liked the plot of this story and also Denver and Ethan as characters. Their friendship/relationship got off to a bumpy start, but I think it added to the enjoyment of seeing how they progressed. There were parts of the story that made me laugh out loud, and there were parts that made me a little bit sad. The first time we see them take the next step and sleep together is pretty much mind-blowingly erotic. Ethan’s controlling dominant side really comes out to play here, and I was left thinking damn where has this sex god been hiding in the book so far. I loved this assertive side of his personality, and it was like we were finally seeing the real him instead of the self-doubting man who always shied away from letting people get close. We also see a different side of Denver during this scene, the normally confident and self-assured model becomes a kinky submissive, and I loved it.

Now, there are a couple of negatives. Firstly, Denver is supposed to be 30-years-old but the way he’s written makes him seem really immature, and you can’t help but think of him as being in his late teens or early twenties. I had to keep reminding myself of how old he actually was. Secondly, the way the author uses pronouns or the characters’ names along with short sentences almost feels like reading a list and does detract from the flow of the story especially in the first few chapters.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it took a little while to get going, but once it did, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is the first book I have read in this series and also by this author, but I would go back and read the rest as I would like to know the other family member’s stories.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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