“There is no point in using the word ‘impossible’ to describe something that has clearly happened.” ― Douglas Adams
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.
Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with.
When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.
Review: In this third book in the Provincetown series, we finally get to see the beautiful and self-important Nino Santos find out what the big deal is with this falling in love thing all his friends are doing.
Nino has lived his life by some very simple rules that are meant to protect him from being hurt again. When he wakes up next to a pocket bear the morning after a beach party, his rules quickly start getting thrown out the window.
Teddy, the pocket bear, has a few rules of his own and waking up next to Nino, the plastic guy, is definitely against those rules.
When Nino and Teddy wake up next to one another with no memory of how they got there or what happened between them, there is immediate animosity. Nino does NOT like bears in any way, shape, or form, and Teddy can’t stand the perfect plastic man Nino has made himself into.
What neither man realizes is that they are perfect for one another. They are pushing each other away due to hurtful events in their pasts, and as much as they try to avoid one another, they can’t seem to succeed. It turns out that they are both traveling in the same social circles, and they keep running into each other. Eventually they become friends, and they share life events and personal feelings that they haven’t shared with any of their other friends.
Over time, it becomes clear to their mutual friends that Nino and Teddy have moved beyond friendship, but it seems like Nino and Teddy didn’t get the memo, they are still claiming friendship and friendship only.
When all of Nino’s stressers finally come to a head, Van points out some truths that Nino can’t deny any longer. He just has to figure out how to go after something he never thought he wanted. At the same time, Teddy has a revelation or two himself. Two men who never wanted love, find themselves falling fast and hard. Will they let their pasts determine their futures, or will they be able move on and find happiness?
Jacob Flores has brought the Provincetown series full circle with this story in the series. As with his other stories, he has created such a detailed universe that you feel transported to P-Town with Nino, Van and all of their friends. It was great to watch Nino finally get what was coming to him after all the snark he threw around at all the couples in the series. I also feel that he deserved to fall in love, his life was pretty empty before Teddy came bumbling into it. Each of these books can be read as standalones, but the series is so good I would recommend reading them in order. You won’t be sorry.