Review: Trace by E. Davies

Trace (Significant Brothers, #4)Trace by E. Davies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

 

Forensic investigator Dustin Reed stopped believing in fairytale romance in high school. Ever since his best friends scared off his loser ex, he’s been a chronically single scrawny geek, afraid of being used. Love blossoms around him, while his family wants him to get hitched to the right class of man. All he can seem to find is hookup app encounters, but Dustin wishes someone would sweep him off his feet for love, too.

After his tour of duty, now-forensic photographer Leo Sanderson is glad to be home. Behind his muscles lies a heart of gold, but school and his new job aren’t resonating with him. Nobody has his back anymore, but he’s fine on his own. He’s never clicked with the women he’s dated, but bumping into Dustin in a gay bar is making things fall into place… a little faster than he’d like.

Hooking up while avoiding labels isn’t a bad idea: Leo’s figuring himself out, Dustin’s unwilling to hand over his heart, and they both work together. But Valentine’s Day is coming and they haven’t been seeing anyone else. In fact, neither of them want to. Every fairytale has to start somewhere; why not the bedroom? Can they get past their insecurities and admit to each other and the world what they really want?

Trace is a standalone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger. Book #5, Clutch, will be available March 1st!


When I’ve heard that Dustin got his own book I was super excited to read it because of his job as a forensic investigator. I also liked his calm, almost shy behaviour in his large group of friends, his brothers, and was curious how he is in a more private surrounding. 🙂

Dustin and Leo are a great couple. The tension is right there from the start, it is first insta-lust which leads towards a relationship first based on friends with benefits to a solid romantic one. I really loved how easy going the whole book was, how Leo was questioning his sexuality but how it wasn’t an overly dramatic plot device. 🙂

The chemistry is hot between the two guys, they work together, Leo as a forensic photographer, but their shifts aren’t really overlapping. I liked the drama at the end, with connection to their both jobs.

I also liked how we see a developement in Dustin, how he stands for himself and how he starts to detach himself from his family, who is caring but which is also pretty illusionary what kind of guy Dustin should get together with.

Also one of the amazing parts was the tight-knit relationship between Dustin and his brothers, his circle of best friends, who have a long history together. 🙂

I loved the flow, the developements in the story and the HEA between Leo and Dustin is super sweet. In fact, Dustin and Leo are so sweet, they are meant to be together. Leo’s shy sides sometimes, but then his pretty confident behaviour was a great mix. 🙂
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. 🙂


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