3.5 Stars. One Night with Rhodes is the 4th book in the One Night Series but is easily read as a stand alone (I haven’t read the previous books). Overall, its a sexy, enjoyable but angst-filled book. This was my first Eden Finley book and I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be looking to see what else she has written.
This book covers a six year time span and I have to admit I was a little confused at first. I thought maybe I was dealing with flashbacks (turns out I wasn’t) and the first few chapters I kept having to go back and look to see if it was Garrett’s or Blair’s POV I was reading. Once I figured out the timeline and got to know the characters a bit better so that I could tell which POV I was reading I settled into a really good book.
The relationship between Garrett and Blair is definitely a slow build, very complex and full of angst. Blair is bisexual and not completely comfortable with his sexuality although he does come out to his friends and family in the beginning. However, his family thinks it was just a phase. He only had the one boyfriend and when he dumped Blair right after he came out he hasn’t had another relationship with a man. His friends didn’t really say anything to him about his “coming out” so in essence it was like he went right back into the closet. Garrett is very deep in the closet and doesn’t want anyone to know he is gay and in fact has trouble even admitting it to himself. When Blair’s boyfriend breaks up with him he goes to his best friend Hunter’s only to find he isn’t home and so Hunter’s older brother Garrett takes him out to help him forget about it for awhile. The two share a very hot kiss and then Garrett pulls back and shuts Blair out. Garrett is an emotional mess and has a lot of deep seated fears and guilt that he hasn’t dealt with. Blair sees this and wants to help Garrett as much as he can. He’s always had a bit of a crush on him but mostly he knows that Garrett doesn’t have anyone he can talk to about his sexuality so he wants to be that guy for him. However, the chemistry between the two is off the charts and more often than not they end up hooking up and then Garrett gets scared and runs away.
Normally, the constant hook-up and run away would drive me insane and to a point it did but not as much as I expected. I really felt for both Garrett and Blair and the emotional roller coaster they were both on. I really liked that there was a friendship between the two men and I got caught up in the emotional pull of this book. The book lagged just a bit in the middle and the final resolution seemed a little rushed but I believed the HEA and was very happy to see how it all works out for the men. The secondary characters were enjoyable and although there were a lot of backstory relationships going on with those characters it didn’t take too much away from the main characters. I thought the sex scenes were sexy and very well done.
I enjoyed this book and the characters were likable. I’ll definitely look for more M/M books from Eden Finley. Worth rounding up to 4 charms.