Title: Worth Waiting For (Dare to Dream)
Author: Bea LaRocca
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: contemporary m/m
Story rating: 3.75 out of 5
Smex-o-meter: 2 out of 5
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Blurb: Literary Agent, Marcus Anderson falls in love at first sight when Nick Stevens walks into the office. Unfortunately, he soon learns that Nick is already in a committed relationship. Determined to keep his feelings to himself, Marcus maintains a polite distance, but when he goes to sleep at night, Nick is the leading man in all of his erotic dreams.
Until the night that Marcus runs into Nick in a crowded bar. Now he struggles to keep his passionate feelings to himself in order to be the friend that Nick so desperately needs.
Review: Worth Waiting For is the third book in the Dare to Dream series and a fun little read. It can be read as a stand-alone, but only if you are not bothered with the little references to the earlier M/F books. I wasn’t, but the previous characters play a large part in the story, so keep that in mind.
I’m always a little hesitant with books by Sire Publishing, because in the past that more often than not led to a reading disappointment. Never judge a book by its publisher and the blurb did sound promising, so I gave it a try and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s not always easy to find an engaging contemporary romance without a stalker coming out of the woodworks.
The story circles around literary agent Marcus Anderson and lawyer turned literary agent Nick Stevens. Nick recently broke up with his long-time partner, who left him a nasty little surprise. Marcus had given up hope on Nick, but thrn he discovers Nick in a one man drunk fest. The ball starts rolling from there.
The question is: does it roll in the right direction?
Worth Waiting For is a rather uncomplicated, gentle flowing romance that is fun to read with charming characters. While there are hiccups for Nick and a bit for Marcus, there is nothing too major and the story revolves around the romance between the two and meddling friends.
The writing was well done, but not striking. It was good enough to draw the reader in the story, but I missed the oomph that could have made this story great. The story relies heavily on the previous two books for the cast and setting. I kept waiting for the story to start sparks.
That said, the interaction between Marcus and Nick is good. We can definitely see a connection there. Both are strong characters and on equal footing. They are no pushovers. They each add their own part to the story. The contact between the two at the office and on their little getaway is fun and delightful. Marcus definitely lets Nick know what he’s been missing out on!
I was a bit disappointed by the erotic side to the story. It read too static. I thought it could use some sparkle as they did not burn the pages. While we can definitely see the bond between Marcus and Nick out of the bed, in bed they were a bit unexciting. This is mostly due to how the scenes were written. It could be that the author was hesitant.
All in all, Worth Waiting For is a sweet, romantic little story that is fun to read on a dreary fall afternoon.
Why you should read it: there are a lot of books out there that have complicated, multi-plot stories that span several books. While that is all good and well, sometimes you just want to read a sweet little romance where the guys get together without anything really major happening. If you like that along with a little humour and meddling friends then Worth Waiting For is the right book.