Fate is not always written in the stars…
Being headhunted by NASA might be his ultimate dream, but Cato’s life still sucks. He’s tired of anonymous one-night stands. He’s tired of being lonely. And, frankly, he’s tired of himself. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, he realises the only thing to do if he wants to be happy is to reinvent himself.
Persuaded by his sister to spend New Year’s Eve in Scotland with his parents, Vigge can’t escape the memory of why their family fractured eighteen years ago, and his part in it. He’s channelled the guilt he feels into finding truth and justice for others, but his own life is empty and cold.
A chance encounter at a snowbound airport has Vigge and Cato colliding in more ways than one. Someone seems to have it in for Cato, and as Vigge gets drawn into the mess of Cato’s life, he finds himself falling for the sexy scientist. If only Vigge can make peace with his past and step away from the darkness, they just might have a chance at a future as bright as Cato’s beloved stars.
Book 3 in the Unfinished Business series – but a stand-alone.
Let me first say, I love the cover. It’s just totally Cato.
I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in this series (and the 2 shorts), and was excited to read about Cato finding his happily ever after. And it did not disappoint.
Cato is kind of a playboy. More into one night stands, except for a relationship with one guy that turned into a triad and he was left as the third wheel. He is focusing on finishing his doctorate and he was headhunted by NASA. Time to grow up.
But then he is about to be stranded to Scotland and he needs to get back to England for his NASA interview. He begs a ride from a stranger at the airport going the same way. A hot stranger. Sparks fly on the ride so much that they stop at a motel for the night with little intention of sleeping.
Turns out hot guy is in the closet and Cato takes off and gets another ride.
But this isn’t just a story about two guys reuniting after a hot hook up. Cato is being threatened to not take the NASA job and Vigge is trying to solve 2 murders he believes are connected. Add in family strife from almost 20 years ago, a missing person, a pair of exes who wanted him back but for different reasons, a roommate who won’t stop flirting and a cop in the closet. Whew!
Even with two big misunderstandings in quick succession, Cato and Vigge start communicating and pieces start coming together that many things in their lives are connected.
I really loved Cato. At first I was afraid he would be too much like Jonty (as a character) and although he was witty and snarky, he wasn’t like that all of the time- much like Jonty. Instead, he had a serious side when it came to work and his family and his humor came out at appropriate times. Or mostly appropriate times.
Vigge broke my heart. He internalized responsibility for his brother’s assumed death and stayed in the closet 98% of the time. His family knew he was gay, but they were in Scotland and he was in England.
Vigge took some professional risks that could have really turned out badly, but eventually worked themselves out. The crime ended up basically solving itself, but it was still fairly satisfying.
I have to say what I did really enjoy was the ending. I won’t spoil, but I wasn’t really expecting it and it was a happy surprise.
For those who are big Jonty and Devan fans- you do get some good scenes with them. Always fun.
4 pieces of eye candy