The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban

Dreamspinner Press

M/M Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-935192-58-9

Reviewed by Ley



If being hit with a terrible migraine that left him virtually helpless wasn't bad enough, a freak accident leaves David Carmichael with a broken shoulder and even more helpless then before.  Without hesitation his best friend Trace Jackson moves in to help him while he heals.  Being a somewhat openly gay man, David never shared that information about himself with Trace. He never felt the need to until now, when the close proximity with his best friend unearthed feelings of attraction. Will revealing his secrets to Trace bring them closer or will it bring their friendship to an end?

As a fan of Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban's collaborative works and individual stories, I have to admit I wasn't very taken with this story.  The characters were great, but the storyline felt forced. I didn't get a real sense of chemistry beyond friendship between Trace and David.  They were supposed to be best friends, but David kept a very important part about himself secret from Trace and it seemed odd that Trace didn't already know that David was gay. There were some great scenes between Trace and David and they were terrific guys, but I liked them better as friends rather than lovers. Although The One That Got Away was a bit of a miss for me, I still will keep my library stock with the works of these two great writers.


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