Title: Where Nerve Ends
Author: L.A. Witt
Year of Publication: 2012
Length: 239 pages
First Line: “One night without waking up in pain didn’t seem like too much to ask.”
Summary: Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado: Population, 70-something-thousand. Home to beautiful mountain views, two respected universities, and a ridiculously high cost of living.
Jason Davis can handle a breakup. And an overwhelming mortgage. And a struggling business. And the excruciating pain that keeps him up at night thanks to a shoulder injury. Handling all of it at once? Not so much. When his shoulder finally pushes him to a breaking point, he takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.
Michael Whitman is a single dad struggling to make ends meet. When a mutual friend refers a patient, and that patient suggests a roommate arrangement to alleviate their respective financial strains, Michael jumps at the opportunity.
Living together would be easy if Jason wasn’t so damned attracted to Michael. Good thing Michael’s straight, or the temptation might just be too much.
Well, their mutual friend says Michael is straight…
Review: To start off, regardless that these reviews are posted in the order of the publication, I did not read the Tucker Springs series in order. I read the fourth novel, COVET THY NEIGHBOR first, followed by the fifth book, NEVER A HERO, then went back to the first book and read the remaining books in order. This also shows that you can read this series successfully out of order and not get lost. Huge kudos for that. Plus, this is the book that got the Tucker Springs series started. So more kudos for that.
This book is so tropey. I like my tropes as much as the next fan but this book seemed to be trope driven. Let’s hit the points.
-Jason is gay. His boyfriend broke up with him and now he’s left with this huge house to pay all by himself even though he’s barely making ends meat.
-Meet Michael. An acupuncturist, Straight, divorced with a kid, and really hot. He needs a roommate. So Michael moves into Jason’s house.
-There’s some sexual tension going on. Jason definitely has a crush on Michael. Does Michael feel the same? BTW, Michael walks around the house shirtless all the time.
-Michael is gay. And they have sex and everything is fab. Oh, did I forget to mention Michael has a one night stand with a stranger as his first time with a man the night before he gets with Jason?
-Except Michael has huge doubts because he isn’t sure how this relationship would impact his kid. So they break up.
-And their is tension with the undercurrent of I still love you.
-Michael gets over it. They get back together, Michael’s ex and kid are fine with Michael being gay and his relationship with Jason.
So a gay man pining after a straight man ✓
Two men moving into together ✓
A hot man walking around shirtless all the time ✓
A straight man is really gay ✓
They hook up and have a wonderful relationship ✓
But one of them has doubts and ends it ✓
But they get back together, HEA ✓
Plus there’s also…
Hot doctor ✓
Also, I never felt the spark between Michael and Jason. I never fell in love with them. They were just kind of ‘there’.
Quite a few amusing lines in this book. I laughed a loud a lot.
“And on the eighth day, God created the shower so men like me could jerk off without detection.”
I did enjoy this novel, I really did. I identified with Jason and his back pain (some of which I am having now) and Michael was definitely the book boyfriend. But the slew of tropes and the disconnection between the couple and the reader kind of ruins the book.
Worst part: I didn’t fall in love with Michael and Jason.
Best part: The book that got the Tucker Springs series started!
Recommend For: People who like: hot gay doctors, characters with disabilities, night club owners, gay for you, and sexual tension.