Living a life in a house of cards constructed of past moments with his first love has Preservationist Davis Andrews hoping they will find a way back into each other’s lives and arms. However, one phone call changes all of that. Jack Monroe has moved on, found a new love and has invited Davis to his wedding. With the help of his best friend, Deseree, Davis travels to Chicago with plans on getting back the only man he has ever loved. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy when the fiancé is successful, attractive and set on keeping Jack for himself. Then add a British playboy by the name of Alex Parker to the list of players, and it’s no wonder Davis will have to hope for a bit of Self Preservation for his heart, his mind, and if Alex has anything to do with it, his body.
Ethan Day knows how to put a reader on an emotional roller coaster ride and by the end of the book, have you not caring that you left your heart at the top of a loop. The characters are fantastic. Davis is sweet, funny, and handsome. Jack is talented and loving. Tadd, Jack’s fiancé, is everything you would hate for you ex to find in the next man, he’s bloody perfect. Then there is Alex, a man who runs from the word “commitment” faster than any sprinter I’ve ever seen on a track. Deseree is a peach, and Jack’s mom is the type of mom every gay man would wish for his own. Honestly, each character completes this story and brings it life. There were moments where I wanted to bundle Davis up and protect his heart, but I knew the road he traveled down was important and would be life-altering. The trip gave Davis exactly what he wanted but very little of what he expected. I’m looking forward to reading more of Mr. Day’s novels. The humor, setting and complexity of the relationships are entertaining and grasp your attention until the final sentence. If I’m fortunate, Mr. Day will have a short story about Deseree in the near future. One could only hope.