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Publisher's Summary

After Brendan and his mother witness a completely random tragedy, his carefully controlled life begins to fall apart. First he starts having nightmares and panic attacks, and then he loses focus in his daily life. His board of directors insists he take a vacation at a so-called "relaxation destination", and to make matters worse, they've hired newly minted psychiatrist, Dr. Dirk Melovitch, to accompany him.

Dirk, whose job it is to help Brendan learn to relax, walks into the lobby of Brendan's hotel wearing a borrowed suit and an attitude that rubs Brendan the wrong way from the moment they meet. They head for the airport and their carefully planned itinerary goes out the window, one small setback at a time.

From the airports of New York and Atlanta, to the long, lonely highways of Texas, to an upscale rehab destination in Santa Fe, Brendan and Dirk each try to gain the upper hand until both find out that it's not just life that can get a guy all stirred up.

©2011 Z.A. Maxfield (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Story ruined by holes and contadictions

Did this book have an editor? For the most part I actually enjoyed this story to the first in the series. However, there were some annoying issues in terms of the contradictions between this book and the previous one, and a couple of glaring holes in the story. These contradictions between the two books, but especially the holes in the second story ruined this book for me. Not Z.A. Maxwell's finest work. It had potential but there seemed to be no editorial or authorial care to ensure that the basics were covered.

The narration is OK, although it was often hard to distinguish between the two main characters so some to the dialogue was confusing. There is also some confusion because it is not always clear when the character is speaking aloud rather than to himself. The voices used for the few female characters were cartoonish, but they done't appear often. Why the narrator chose to voice a Texan personal trainer as a Californian surfer is a mystery.

On to the story.

In the previous book, Brendan, the hero of this one, is described as a sort of pan sexual man whore who refuses to be labelled. In this one he is apparently gay, gay, gay. That was odd, but OK. More importantly, in this book Brendan seems to be extremely wealthy as a result of founding a tech company with his twin brother Toby, who subsequently left the business but remains a substantial stock holder and board member. Yet in the previous book Toby was so poor he slept on a futon in the basement office of his restaurant and showered at a gym. So this book shatters the premise of the previous one. That is rather disturbing and distracting when trying to get into this second book.

Leaving aside the contradictions between the two stories, this book was going along quite well until the end.

Spoiler alert*****

When Dirk leaves Brendan at the clinic, he is devastated to learn that Dirk has a fiance and that he messes around with men occasionally. Later he learns that Dirk has returned to her. Suddenly in the final two chapters, Brendan who has never had a relationship and hasen't heard from Dirk, and Dirk who is apparently engaged to someone else, are a couple and there is no mention of any obstacles or confusion. It seemed that Dirk, who was otherwise very forthright, was being pushed into the marriage by his father. That was hinted at but not addressed. What happened in the 4 months since they were last together? Was Dirk ever engaged?

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What a dud..

As much as I enjoyed the first book, this was 2nd installment is completely terrible. 1hr 11mins in and i think I’m quite done.
Let’s start with the fact that in the 1st book, Evan was so poor he was living in the creepy basement of his restaurant that was this close to shutting down, to finding out in book 2 that he is the cofounder of a successful tech company and the son of a celebrity????
Then the supposedly acclaimed doctor shows up in an ill fitting suit he borrowed from a cabbie after he lost his luggage for an important meeting. I know for a fact there are clothing stores in most airports and he couldn’t once ask the cabbie to stop at a store on the way to the airport if he wanted something nicer? I call bs.
Then this supposed professional starts interrogating his new client who is suffering from ptsd about whether he fantasizes about threesomes and tag teaming with his twin brother in explicit detail because he’s curious??? What utter nonsense!

How the author expects anyone to take this book seriously is beyond me 🤷‍♀️

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Meh... not the best by this author

I have loved other books by this author so I thought I'd try this one and was surprisingly disappointed. The narration was OK, some character voices seemed overly put on. The story and character development was weirdly off. I stuck with it because this author has written some great books, but it wasn't really worth the time. The book ended abuptly at a point that felt like it should be 3/4 of the way through with a pointless, assumedly HEA/HFN that tried to tie in the first book in the series. It was awkward and forced. Read the St. Nachos series by this author instead.

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entertaining

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was it entertaining: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: too much sex in the middle and not enough story plus the end felt a bit rushed.
Would I listen to it again? probably
Narrator comments: Biff Summers is a new narrator for me. I thought he did a good job - I had no problem distinguishing any of the characters.

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did not finish

So there's a tragedy that necessitates that the main character get therapy. his doctor is young and boom - Dislike turns at once into mutual attraction. then sex, almost immediately, between doctor and patient. I had to stop there.
Also, the narrator sounds like he's 17 so it was impossible to put the voice in a 35 year old CEO. I've loved other works by this author, but this one was a huge disappointment. Sorry.

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Not a bad read

A good Sunday evening read. Glad i read about the other brother. ON to more from this author

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Love it!

Any stories from this author is a good listen/read. Love how it tied into his other story all stired up

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want to know who is biggest hung

would like a much more vivd description of the main character,s physical attributes, i.e. penis sizes and a direct comparison of them, testicle sizes and a direct comparison, biceps 💪 descriptions and comparison, chest hair yes or know and direct comparison, pec description and hairy or no, abs description and hairy or no, armpit description and hairy or no, definitely need to know which main character has biggest biceps, pecs penis teaticles and whether or not they hang or tight against the body

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Awww, loved it

Evan and Toby continue their journey, but now the focus shifts to Evans identical twin Brendans turn to find his true love. Brendan is suffering from ptsd after an accident and his company board wants him to get help. Enter Dirk, a young dashing Doctor that is assigned to walk him through the program. There is a mild enemies to lovers theme, but that doesn't last long. Cute, funny, sweet and touching. Great series.

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I have read other stories by this author, which were interesting, entertaining and had fascinating characters. However, I was disappointed by this one. The first chapter held promise but the story line quickly fell apart for me. The characters by the 4th chapter had me pulling my hair, the characters were falling apart and boring me to tears. The narrator was good given the quality of the story he had to work with. I lost interest by chapter 8..
I think this was the ‘one off’ story every author has.

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  • 08-17-22

Ummm...

Not really sure what to think. It seems that every situation in the story was a reason for the MCs to have sex. The first half of the book was rather weak. The book improved once it was beyond the halfway point. I didn't enjoy it enough to continue on to the next book in the series. I usually love the author's books but I'm afraid this isn't one of them. I'm still questioning if it deserves 2 stars instead of 3.

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  • Ms. S. K. Baker
  • 08-06-22

What a disappointment

I find it hard to understand how someone who wrote one of my favorite books (Drawn Together) also wrote this nonsense. It's like bad porn. Way too much sex, no plot, and I felt nothing for either of these men who both seemed very self-centered and extremely immature. To think that one of them thought he was a psychiatrist is frankly alarming.

Please read other books by the author. She has a very varied catalog, but don't judge her by this one. It's nonsense.

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  • FBooks
  • 12-15-21

Thoroughly enjoyable

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are engaging and fun, and there are lots oa LOL moments. Amazing connections is undeniable throughout the pages. The storyline flowed easily and the ending was great.

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  • 07-16-22

Yikes, a swing and miss for me!

After a traumatic (on-page) event, Brendan’s life spirals as he deals with PTSD and self-medicating. The company (which he owns and runs) reads him the riot act and he agrees to dry out at a luxury detox facility. So, this is a serious story, right? Err, no. From the start Dirk, the psychiatrist the facility sends to accompany Brendan to the facility, acts in the most unprofessional way possible, basically abetting Brendan’s risky, acting-out behaviours and they have a 3-day fling. Oh, so it’s an instalove romcom, right? Err, no. There’s also homophobia, a violent assault, the breakup when Dirk abandons him at the facility, therapy where Brendan gets his head straight, then horses. Weirdest of all, the epilogue features the couple from Stirring Up Trouble (book 1), not the couple in this book. I’ve loved so many of ZA Maxfield’s books, but I just couldn’t understand the creative decisions here, it tried to be too many things at once. Biff Summers, you are an excellent narrator and you did a great job on this. Why haven’t I seen any audios from you since 2018?