Monday, January 7, 2019

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy (The Hedonist #2) by Rebecca James


Swish has been in love with Dante since the day the tough biker found him homeless and miserable in a gas station restroom, but Dante's never shown the younger man anything more than brotherly affection. Deciding it's time to move out of the MC's clubhouse and away from Dante, Swish takes a live-in job working in a privately-owned animal shelter where he can continue his pet stylist business. What he doesn't realize is he's not going to be as far away from the object of his affection as he thinks.
Dante's time of being a playboy biker is fast coming to a close. At summer's end he turns 30, and that means fulfilling his promise to his parents and returning to high society in the Hamptons. That dim prospect should be all Dante can think about, only Swish is moving out, and suddenly Dante can't do anything but obsess over the kid he's always thought of as a younger brother. Telling himself he's only making sure Swish is doing okay on his own, Dante takes a summer job landscaping at the animal shelter where Swish has taken a job. There he learns a few things about the young man he's never bothered to find out before, including that Swish's real name is Isaac, and he enjoys wearing a certain something under his jeans--something that Dante's surprised to find he would really like to remove--preferably with his teeth.
When Dante gives in to his need for Isaac, the playboy biker quickly finds that disentangling himself from the man he once thought of as a kid brother proves harder than expected, and that perhaps after years of one-night-stands and partying, his priorities need to change. Only not in the way his wealthy and controlling parents want them to.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy is the second book in Rebecca James' Hedonist series, which is fantastic. I previously reviewed Book One, The Ballerino and the Biker, which I loved. 

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy packs some interesting things into it's pages. We get controlling parents, lace, and a special, complex relationship. It includes themes such as wanting more from life than to just be fine; wanting to find love and happiness.

Isaac was literally saved by Dante, as well as given a home and a friend. He's a complex character who likes to wear lace, and wants to be a pet groomer. And, man, the lace scenes are hot! 

Dante's a guy who's had his fun and now he's being forced to live by his parent's expectations. He doesn't find any part of his future appealing and he's being weighted down by all the lies and secrets.

These two men have to work on themselves before them can be together. But, it's well worth the effort. Isaac has never found anyone who's wanted him before, and this path to trusting Dante is breathtaking. 

And Gus, sweet and precious Gus, is sure to make you smile and will have your heart growing bigger. 

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy is a story of finding love and acceptance, and forming a family from those who support you. It's a hot and steamy, friends to lovers story that focuses on living life on your own terms. I enjoy the writing style and the pace and am excited to read more of this series. 

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