Title: Because It’s True
Author: Willa Otaki
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Buy Link: Buy Because It’s True Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Patchcat
Believing in love and in luck is something Gavin swore he’d never do again -- until he meets Ford. After being left at the altar by his former fiancé, he's a firm disbeliever in good fortune and love. Though there’s an immediate attraction between himself and Ford, they're just too different to make a relationship work. The sex is explosive and despite himself Gavin even grows to like Ford’s quirky sense of humor and skewed view of life. Isn’t that good enough?
Not for Ford. A happy-go-lucky diviner of fortunes and omens, he’s sure from what he’s seen that Gavin is the love of his life and the man he’ll marry. He makes it his mission to overcome Gavin’s doubts and fears and teach him how to love again. Never giving up in his enthusiastic pursuit of the once-burned twice-shy secretary, he brings Gavin back to life and helps restore him to the man he used to be.
Ford makes Gavin want to believe in love again. But when Ford begins to lose his faith, it’s up to Gavin to save the magic they have between them and blaze the trail toward their happily ever after.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
It’s not very often that a story makes me squee from cute, “awww” from adorable mush, make me want to bang some sense into a big idiot’s head, and then sigh with content at a tale well ended. BUT! This one did all of that and more. Ms. Otaki has written a lovely, lively tale of faith, love, and learning that sometimes the way to true happiness is letting go of all the things that hold you back…and believing that the signs won’t steer you wrong.
The characters are really what make this story. From Ford -- a lovable bear of a man -- to Kayla – a chance-met stranger who becomes a very good friend – to Gavin – skittish, broken, and not really willing to open his heart – this work rests on the vitality and personality of its characters. Ford and Gavin are incredibly well-rounded, complete with flaws and hang-ups. The supporting characters (right down to Oscar, the F1 cross) aren’t just there as fluff and filler. They have a purpose, and that’s to further the story of Ford and Gavin’s relationship.
Ford’s greatest challenge, in the beginning, is convincing Gavin that the signs he’s followed and believes in so strongly are 100% accurate and that Gavin is the man Ford’s destined to marry. Ford’s personality is so well conveyed that it’s very easy to see and feel his faith – and equally easy to feel the heartbreak when that faith gets shaken.
I loved Gavin’s growth. From heartbroken mouse who’s almost too afraid to accept what’s offered him to fighting tiger, more than willing to chase down what he’s almost lost and grab it with both hands. I loved the fire he gains.
This one was definitely a roller-coaster. Told with a refreshing blend of humor and charm, Because It’s True is truly a Gotta Read.