“Someday, my prince will come.”
Danny is an artist, and he has the best job in the world. He gets to create beautiful things at the bakery his best friend owns. The only thing that would make life better is finding his own personal Prince Charming, but despite a life-long addiction to happily-ever-after, he doesn’t really hold out much hope for that. He’d rather be alone than compromise who he is for men who are only interested if he tones down his flamboyant personality.
“Someday, I’ll find a better life.”
Mace learned to protect himself while growing up in a harsh foster care system. Serving an unjust prison sentence taught him even more valuable life lessons. Don’t let your feelings show. Trusting people only gets you hurt. It’s okay to want things, but don’t expect to hold onto them. Now that he’s out, Mace keeps to himself, quietly enjoying the work he’s found caring for beautiful things while he saves for a better life. Even if he has no idea what that will actually look like.
“It’s you. My better life is you.”
When Danny bursts into Mace’s life, the beautiful man has him questioning everything life has taught him, from his sexuality to the wisdom of trusting someone with his heart. Danny makes him want things he’s not sure he believes in, and when a series of local robberies lead to his arrest, his faith in what’s possible is put to the test.
Someday is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers.
Book – Someday
Author – Sierra Riley
Star rating – ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 230
Cover – Stunning and perfect!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Romance
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
This review is going to be really short, because there isn’t much to say.
I loved everything about this book – the characters, the chemistry, the realist events and circumstances and, most of all, the Disney quotes. Everything was in perfect balance. The Disney references and quotes were exactly where they should be, always used appropriately and used sparingly enough just to remind us about Danny’s obsession, but never too much to make it overwhelming.
The story deals with homophobia, a gay-for-you storyline (though I’m not sure it technically applies in this case) and some serious sizzy. It also dealt with the mis-trust bred from foster care and a tough childhood.
Danny is cute, fun and totally crazy in a brilliant way. The ‘femme’ thing wasn’t taken to an extreme, as I’ve seen in other books, but it was important. Mace, similarly, wasn’t your typical bad boy, but he was definitely that gruff but loveable man you see and wish would open up a little more. Together, the pair have an abundance of funny, cute, sweet, heartbreaking interactions that always made me smile or wonder over their future. I loved that Mace was hesitant to trust, while Danny jumped in head first.
I really loved the way that Mace wanted to do the right thing, when he misunderstood Danny. He wanted and needed Danny, but he also knew what needed done, despite his feelings. The struggle was real and logical, as were the misunderstandings. None of it was exaggerated or ridiculous; I could imagine two people going through this miscommunication easily. The awkwardness, the self defense lesson and the moment then they finally cleared the air are all favourites of mine. I loved when Danny first visited the gardens and sketched Mace.
Helen was amazing! She’s the perfect motherly, but not overbearing character. Gavin is that awful best friend you wish you had. (And can I just add a plea here, for the author to give Gavin his own HEA? Pretty please?)
The bakery wasn’t a tool or background location. It was a real, functioning presence that helped centre the characters. The decorating Danny did was also a really good, well thought out and detailed thing. It wasn’t some flouncy way to show Danny’s artistry or femme nature. I really feel that it’s his calling, in the same way that you feel Mace’s love for plants and gardening. Neither the park or the bakery are ornament in any way.
Overall, great storytelling and world building, awesome attention to detail. Things were added when necessary, never to fill a gap or push the story. There was only one thing I didn’t like – the prologue. It wasn’t needed and it ruined a bit of the surprise for me. I kept waiting for it to pop up. I wish it hadn’t been included at all.
Though one or two things were inevitable, I still had a sense of anticipation and nervousness. There was enough background to help us understand things when we needed to and hints were dropped early enough to let us draw our own conclusions – right or wrong. The chemistry was off the charts and I couldn’t put it down.
The whole thing is like the most perfect Disney fairytale.
So much for not having much to say, huh?
Technically, I could easily have just highlighted the entire book. But I had to be strict and just choose a few of my most favourite highlights. Ones that didn’t give too much away. (I hope!) And, of course, it was easy to eliminate the swearing quotes, for Amazon.
“He really couldn’t bring Mace any more cookies. Could not. That would be too much. If the man wanted more, he obviously knew where to find him by now.
Them, Danny meant, not “him”.
““Let yourself believe, unless he gives you a reason not to, okay?” Gavin hugged him, then winked. “And if that happens? We break his kneecaps.””
“Mad. Mad. He was mad, dammit. “I wish you could just be horrible, so I could hate you,” he whispered.”
““How do you know what I’m thinking?” Danny asked, wondering if he’d ever be able to catch his breath around this man. Almost scared to feel so happy. “How can you always see me so well?”
“Because when you’re around, Danny, you’re all I can see.””