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Aspiring chef, Taylor Gershwin, needs a new place to live and someone in his friend’s apartment building is advertising for a roommate. It sounds perfect. He’d be close to his best friend and it’s not too far from his job as a short order cook and the chef school he attends. Sure the guy he’d be roommates with, Mike Hanovan, is something of a Neanderthal. A big brawny guy w Aspiring chef, Taylor Gershwin, needs a new place to live and someone in his friend’s apartment building is advertising for a roommate. It sounds perfect. He’d be close to his best friend and it’s not too far from his job as a short order cook and the chef school he attends. Sure the guy he’d be roommates with, Mike Hanovan, is something of a Neanderthal. A big brawny guy with a snake tattoo who also happens to be a Vice Cop…and hot as hell.


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Aspiring chef, Taylor Gershwin, needs a new place to live and someone in his friend’s apartment building is advertising for a roommate. It sounds perfect. He’d be close to his best friend and it’s not too far from his job as a short order cook and the chef school he attends. Sure the guy he’d be roommates with, Mike Hanovan, is something of a Neanderthal. A big brawny guy w Aspiring chef, Taylor Gershwin, needs a new place to live and someone in his friend’s apartment building is advertising for a roommate. It sounds perfect. He’d be close to his best friend and it’s not too far from his job as a short order cook and the chef school he attends. Sure the guy he’d be roommates with, Mike Hanovan, is something of a Neanderthal. A big brawny guy with a snake tattoo who also happens to be a Vice Cop…and hot as hell.

30 review for Arresting Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heller

    2.5 Just a PWP little slice of life. It was cute for the most part and I enjoyed Mike and Taylor together. There was, to me, an odd addition: (view spoiler)[About 3/4 of the way through the story Taylor is talking to his friend Archie discussing whether or not to reveal to Mike that he's bipolar. It just seemed odd how it was presented and thrown into the story. So it went from PWP to a few heavy moments that really seemed out of place in such a short characterization light story. (hide spoiler)] 2.5 Just a PWP little slice of life. It was cute for the most part and I enjoyed Mike and Taylor together. There was, to me, an odd addition: (view spoiler)[About 3/4 of the way through the story Taylor is talking to his friend Archie discussing whether or not to reveal to Mike that he's bipolar. It just seemed odd how it was presented and thrown into the story. So it went from PWP to a few heavy moments that really seemed out of place in such a short characterization light story. (hide spoiler)] Also, this is a companion piece to the story of Taylor's friend Archie and his boyfriend Sean who live upstairs in the same apartment building. It's not necessary to read that one before you tackle this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    The first one was a hot mess, this one is getting horrendous reviews and as Lena pointed out, I'm a gluten for punishment when I read the next book in a series after not liking the first one. I'm going to learn my lesson here and not read this one. How refreshing! The first one was a hot mess, this one is getting horrendous reviews and as Lena pointed out, I'm a gluten for punishment when I read the next book in a series after not liking the first one. I'm going to learn my lesson here and not read this one. How refreshing!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    Short, light, and fun, this is the story of a somewhat flighty-seeming aspiring chef moving in with a slightly grumpy cop. Both have their flaws, and I do like me a flawed character, both have a lot of things they'd rather not talk about, and neither of them are very good at relationships. A recipe for disaster, you think? Think again! With a great sense of humor and some fun character quirks, Shawn Lane has turned this potential relationship-desert into an entertaining story about two men who d Short, light, and fun, this is the story of a somewhat flighty-seeming aspiring chef moving in with a slightly grumpy cop. Both have their flaws, and I do like me a flawed character, both have a lot of things they'd rather not talk about, and neither of them are very good at relationships. A recipe for disaster, you think? Think again! With a great sense of humor and some fun character quirks, Shawn Lane has turned this potential relationship-desert into an entertaining story about two men who discover their initial assumptions about each other turn out to be mostly incorrect. Taylor is bubbly, very out there, and usually speaks before thinking. He is also very opinionated, but not always sure enough of himself to speak up. When he moves in with Mike, after a bit of admiring him from afar, he sort of takes over the man's life. Adding a shower curtain to the bathroom, "demanding" more space for toiletries, boxing the man's unhealthy food and deciding to cook for him. Taylor may mean well, but I can see how he could be quite overwhelming. Mike is the quiet, macho, somewhat grumpy type who doesn't say much. Rather than get pissed off at Taylor, he actually likes the refreshing breath of air the guy adds to their apartment. He also has the patience of a saint to put up with Taylor – until he understands why Taylor is the way he is. Once that dark secret is out, suddenly liking him is no longer a chore. Of course, Mike being Mike he doesn’t say much, but the gift he buys for Taylor to show how he feels was too cute! If you like stories about men who start out sort of attracted to each other but not too sure if they'll like their prospective bedpartner, if you enjoy flawed characters and the way they battle life and/or each other, and if you're looking for a short, entertaining read with some nice emotional touches, give this one a try. It's sort of cute and really grew on me as I read. NOTE: This book was provided by Evernight Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pete W

    This is a weird one for me. From the beginning, it felt like you should read a book before reading this one. All the names were given in succession and it took me a little bit to get who were who. The dialogues felt a bit strange at time. For me, it was weird that (view spoiler)[they were worried about having a relationship after a supposed one night stand. And Archie blurted out about Taylor's mother was not a nice thing to do in my opinion. He had violated the privacy of Taylor, in my opinion, This is a weird one for me. From the beginning, it felt like you should read a book before reading this one. All the names were given in succession and it took me a little bit to get who were who. The dialogues felt a bit strange at time. For me, it was weird that (view spoiler)[they were worried about having a relationship after a supposed one night stand. And Archie blurted out about Taylor's mother was not a nice thing to do in my opinion. He had violated the privacy of Taylor, in my opinion, to a greater extend than what Mike did. (hide spoiler)] Perhaps I should read a book that was before this one. 2.5 Stars round up for my missing the first book. However, from what I have read in this book, I won't be reading the first one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    Rant: Taylor was a spoiled brat who would have been thrown out of my apartment if I were Mike.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    I normally like Shawn Lane's stories: they're usually light and easy short reads. I also quite liked Burning Love - the previous book about Archie and Sean. Despite all that I didn't like this one. I didn't like Taylor. He moved in and what did he do first? Decided he wants another closet installed in the bathroom - okay, Mike agreeded, but then he just gave him the money to buy it, why? And Taylor didn't even leave him a shelf or something, cause Mike "didn't need one before why would he need it I normally like Shawn Lane's stories: they're usually light and easy short reads. I also quite liked Burning Love - the previous book about Archie and Sean. Despite all that I didn't like this one. I didn't like Taylor. He moved in and what did he do first? Decided he wants another closet installed in the bathroom - okay, Mike agreeded, but then he just gave him the money to buy it, why? And Taylor didn't even leave him a shelf or something, cause Mike "didn't need one before why would he need it now"? To me it wasn't cute, it was insolent. Then again apparently Taylor's a food snob, so he just decided to throw away all Mike's food, cause he didn't like it and apparently it's up to him to decide what Mike will eat from now on. I seriously hate it when people try to impose their eating habits on me, so I'd just throw Taylor out in the blink of an eye. And Archie obviously thought it's okay and cool to go to Mike and not finding Taylor there just give him the same old 'hurt him and I'll kill you' speech and when Mike asked about the bipolar Archie accused him of snooping and warned Taylor about Mike asking about it. Well he didn't accuse his friend of withholding such important information from his roommate and I believe Mike had every right to know this little fact before deciding if he wanted to have Taylor as a roommate or not. And seriously what with "ugly mug", "Neanderthal" and other epithets? Mike's been nothing, but pretty laid back and accommodating from what I've seen, not to mention pretty hot. I didn't like Archies's prejudice and hostility towards Mike and it hadn't been resolved at all in the end. Mike and Taylor had sex, then they decided to try a relationship - and the story ended. Unsatisfying and unfinished, in my opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ~SexyBookWorm~

    The story felt incomplete. I don't think a mental health aspect is the best thing to use for a short story since it's such an in depth topic. And it felt surfacy as a result. I was excited abt the fact that Mike was opening his mind to being attracted to a feminine man but we didn't get into it very much. Inconsistency with the characters too...in the beginning of the book Mike states that bc he works Vice he starts away from drinking and drugs and that he also never developed a taste for beer.. The story felt incomplete. I don't think a mental health aspect is the best thing to use for a short story since it's such an in depth topic. And it felt surfacy as a result. I was excited abt the fact that Mike was opening his mind to being attracted to a feminine man but we didn't get into it very much. Inconsistency with the characters too...in the beginning of the book Mike states that bc he works Vice he starts away from drinking and drugs and that he also never developed a taste for beer...but towards the end Mike and Tay go out for pizza and beer and they both drink it. So we have one character who previously stated he doesn't drink bc of job risks and the other character isn't supposed to drink alcohol bc of potential risks due to the medication prescribed for the Mental illnesses....wtf??? Like am I missing something? Oh and the sex was blah..

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ottilee B.

    This was a fairly cutesy story I've read before. No matter how many times I reread this, I still get a toothache. I'm over it: jettisoned. This was a fairly cutesy story I've read before. No matter how many times I reread this, I still get a toothache. I'm over it: jettisoned.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Secretly Reading

    ARRESTING LOVE has a good premise but one character felt underdeveloped and the romance seemed rushed. Taylor may be a twink for a beefy guy but even he knows he shouldn't get involved with his new roommate, vice cop Mike. Mike normally goes for burly bad boys but cute Taylor pushes his buttons. I liked the premise of this short novella with Taylor moving in with Mike as a roommate but the men being unable to keep their relationship that of roommates. Taylor was more complicated than his initial h ARRESTING LOVE has a good premise but one character felt underdeveloped and the romance seemed rushed. Taylor may be a twink for a beefy guy but even he knows he shouldn't get involved with his new roommate, vice cop Mike. Mike normally goes for burly bad boys but cute Taylor pushes his buttons. I liked the premise of this short novella with Taylor moving in with Mike as a roommate but the men being unable to keep their relationship that of roommates. Taylor was more complicated than his initial hot-pants and makeup wearing would suggest and I liked this about his character. My difficulty was that Mike was very flat as a character. I didn't get a sense of who he was like I did Taylor. In turn this made the romance seem rushed as well. The men turn the relationship sexual quickly enough but there was very little emotional intimacy here. The ending seemed decidedly happy-for-now instead of happy-ever-after that I want in romance. ARRESTING LOVE showed good promise but in the end it didn't work for me. *Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews* *Review copy provided by publisher*

  10. 4 out of 5

    blub

    Mike and Taylor were first introduced in Burning Love Archie and Sean's story. Both can be read as a standalone but I would suggest you read both. Taylor and Mike's story seemed really short and rushed to me (which is a bit weird considering Sean and Archie's story is actually shorter but didn't seem so). I would have loved to see some relationship development happening and more time to better get acquainted with both MC's since it just felt like they entered into a relationship within a day and Mike and Taylor were first introduced in Burning Love Archie and Sean's story. Both can be read as a standalone but I would suggest you read both. Taylor and Mike's story seemed really short and rushed to me (which is a bit weird considering Sean and Archie's story is actually shorter but didn't seem so). I would have loved to see some relationship development happening and more time to better get acquainted with both MC's since it just felt like they entered into a relationship within a day and where worrying over not defining their relationship. There were some errors.Mike drinking beer at the pizza place even though he had told Taylor he doesn't drink. I'm not sure if Taylor was drinking or not but I'm pretty sure people who are medicated for bipolar disorder aren't suppose to drink.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julesmarie

    This might have been a short, fluffy pwp (which is basically all I was expecting), but apparently even that expectation was too high. Why would you give a character bipolar disorder in such a short, porny story? It completely makes light of something that shouldn't be made light of, and makes un-fun and un-sexy a story that could have been fun and sexy. Blech. Maybe I need to make a "wishing for brain bleach" shelf for stories like this. This might have been a short, fluffy pwp (which is basically all I was expecting), but apparently even that expectation was too high. Why would you give a character bipolar disorder in such a short, porny story? It completely makes light of something that shouldn't be made light of, and makes un-fun and un-sexy a story that could have been fun and sexy. Blech. Maybe I need to make a "wishing for brain bleach" shelf for stories like this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lasha

    2.5 stars I wanted something short and sweet for my lunch break at work and while this is short, not sure about the other part. Way underdeveloped characters, and the sex was boring. Shame, with a cop and a chef as roommates, this had potential. Also many editing errors. Many.

  13. 4 out of 5

    NancyM

    I would like to read more about these two. The only that didn't make sense was when Mike said he doesn't drink beer/alcohol and later he's drinking it. Editing mistake? I would like to read more about these two. The only that didn't make sense was when Mike said he doesn't drink beer/alcohol and later he's drinking it. Editing mistake?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    I really enjoyed this, but found it was too short to do the MC's story justice. I really enjoyed this, but found it was too short to do the MC's story justice.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    2.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pianisuparse

    3 'Hot, short little quick read' stars. 3 'Hot, short little quick read' stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    mah1

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another quickie that wasn't very good but not exactly bad either. Too short for the characters to really build so maybe things like the bipolar issue could've been left out. Another quickie that wasn't very good but not exactly bad either. Too short for the characters to really build so maybe things like the bipolar issue could've been left out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    melek

    Taylor is friends with Archie from book one. Moves in with a cop and they hit it off. A bit if a odd couple but they decide to make it work .

  19. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    3.25 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cee Brown

    Mm mm, eeh. Ok. Different... A bit. Super short and not filling. Not like book one. And I so like shawn lane.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Reader

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ayden

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  24. 5 out of 5

    fandomprincess

  25. 4 out of 5

    Albertcamus

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette

  28. 5 out of 5

    CHERYL

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pati

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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