Review: “Stage Two” by Ariel Tachna

TITLE: Stage Two
AUTHOR: Ariel Tachna
SERIES: Lexington Lovers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE:Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback


Love has a steep learning curve.

Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.

Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.

Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.

Now before I start reviewing this book, I wanna state the fact that I’m a man. Yes, I’m gay, but I’m a man, with manly feelings, manly habits. Well, as manly as a gay man can have…that means no sports nor handy work for me 😉 (for all the gay man out there who like sports and handy work, I do apologise). Why should I clarify this? Well, and I mean no offense, this book for me was a girly MM. And by girly, I mean that one of the MC’s behavior is like a woman’s character. I know, I know, you lady readers may not notice the difference but trust me, from a man’s POV the difference is pretty obvious.

That said, the book is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM read.

When Blake Barnes was in high school, he had a crush on the bad boy Thane Dalton.

Now years later, when two of Blake’s students got bullied, he is face to face, again, with his high school crush. Thane Dalton is the student’s gradient. His bad boy attitude hadn’t changed at all. He’s demanding, authoritative but Blake isn’t impressed…at all…right. Blake’s come up with a solution that may resolve the boy’s problem.

Thane Dalton, the owner of Dalton Construction, after he lost his sister to cancer now is the guardian of his two nephews. When he’s called to the principal’s office, he’d had enough. He doesn’t respond well to authoritative figures. He’s no different with Barnes either. But damn. Maybe Mr. B. has a point this time.

The boys are enrolled in the theater crew helping out building the scenes. Blake is the sponsor of the crew, supervising the students. Of course, Thane is angry almost with anything Blake does. This will bring us in funny situations. But that’s not all…Thane starts to notice Blake.

Although, as I mentioned, this is a girly MM, the book is good. I loved the dynamics of the MC’s and the emotions between the two. In this book there is no hot scenes at all, it leaves more room for emotions.

I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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


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