Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restoration #2) by Diana Copland

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.
Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.
Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

Confession time! I read the first book in this series (David, Renewed) and neglected to leave a review. It’s worth mentioning for a couple of reasons. First, I hardly EVER do that. I try very hard to review every book I read. Second, Diana Copland holds a very special place in my reading life. A Reason to Believe was the very first M/M romance that I ever read and I haven’t looked back since (except to maybe read that particular book more than once. 😉 ) It looks like I’ll have to schedule a re-read of David, Renewed so I can write a proper review and make up for this uncharacteristic slip. *sigh* (It most definitely won’t be a sacrifice.)

Michael was irritatingly adorable with the way he tried to deny his feelings for Gil. He wasn’t fooling anyone, especially Gil. He thought he knew what he needed and something casual with Gil might have worked, but Gil was most definitely not after anything casual, especially with Michael.

Gil’s tenacity wasn’t pushy, but he wasn’t giving up either. He gave Michael very clear signals about his intentions and that scared the crap out of Michael. Gil was just what he needed. I loved watching his defensive walls crumble. There was a lot more to Gil than Michael had given him credit for and discovering those layers won me over as much as it did Michael.

I’m obviously loving this series so far and part of that is because of the sense of family that surrounds these characters. David and Jackson from David, Renewed are back, as well as the rest of the guys from the first book. I can’t wait to get to know them all better as the Delta Restoration series continues.

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