You can never judge a book by its cover or the title. When I first saw the name Only Trick I was uninterested, but when I read the synopsis I was immediately intrigued. How could you not be?
“Don’t Look Back in Anger”
In one night, I lost five years of my life.ere’s what I know …
I was homeless.
I’m a recovering drug addict.
My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.
I have a serious aversion to women.
My gay partner is a home wrecker.
I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.
I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.
I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.
Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.
My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”
I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.
She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.
My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.
You will not be disappointed in this book. I don’t think there are words to describe how much I loved this book. I was immediately in love with the characters and the authors writing as she captivated me from beginning to end.
The only thing that disappointed me was that Trick and Darby’s story was over. I was in a little bit of a depression because right from the start I loved them each so much. I’ll admit at first I was confused, but hey that’s okay, you’re not meant to know what’s going on. Everyone that I came into contact with I told them about this book. I would start off by saying, “So I’m reading this book and the guy cannot remember five years of his life and whatever happened then he probably shouldn’t remember. He’s a makeup artist who pretends to be gay so that his female clientele won’t be offended when he turns down their advances.” Because let me tell you, even though the women thought he was gay did not stop them from hitting on him or keeping their hands to themselves.
Darby walks into his life after hurting his hand and had to make a trip to the E.R. She’s a nurse practitioner and treats him. Darby was shocked still by her dark, mysterious, and sexy patient. She had never been so attracted to a man before in her life and has serious trust issues with men. All of Darby’s life she’d been judged based on who her father was, having money, and never had any friends. Her job is her passion. I feel in love with how socially awkward she was, her sense of humor, how she would just blurt out anything, and stepped out of her shell.
After meeting at the hospital Darby and Trick keep running into one another and soon become friends. Best friends. It was a test since she couldn’t get over how gorgeous her tattooed friend was and she wanted more. My heart squeezes just thinking about their friendship. It was a little strange but in a charming way.
Trick is as unique as they come and he will worm himself into your heart. He’s a makeup artist, rides a motorcycle, an addict, drop dread gorgeous, an alpha, has a part of his life that he cannot remember, despises women, and so much more.
Surrender. I will never love myself for hating him, nor will I ever hate myself for loving him. So there really is only one choice: love him.
I absolutely loved this book and look forward to seeing if the rest of Jewel E. Ann’s books are as good as this one. When I think about this book I feel all warm and want to squee on one hand and then I’m sad because I want so much more of Trick and Darby. It’s not that the epilogue was bad. I truly wasn’t and if you’ve read my reviews before you know that normally I’m disappointed with epilogues. That’s not the case here. I was already mourning the end of the books at 80% that’s how much a LOVED it.
“You gave me the thing I thought I wanted most in life.” Biting together my quivering lips, I taste my salty emotions. “But then you changed everything… and I-I can’t breathe when I’m with you…” sniffling, I suck in a shaky breath “… and I can’t think without you.”
If you couldn’t already tell I highly recommend this unique and captivating love story. The writing, the characters, the plot, EVERYTHING about this books is AWESOME. There’s so much I want to tell you about this book, but I can’t. I can’t give it away. You’ll just have to read it and hopefully love it as much as I do.
** An arc was provided for a fair and honest review. **
Rating: 5 Stars