Again, I was impressed by Ms. Harris's ability to create realistic characters that made me care about them. Watching Gabe fall for Nick was indeed heartbreaking, as many other reviewers have said. But I was very impressed by the way he handled everything with Nick. Especially refusing to let their relationship continue as long as Nick was still (unconsciously) in love with John. I loved how that was the push needed to turn what they had into a true relationship--one that I could see working.
Much as I loved parts of this, though, I can't rate it higher than 3.5 because there were a few huge things that I didn't like as much. The biggest one is how Gabe and Nick's first time actually having sex happened. I understand why Gabe made the offer he did that it was okay for Nick to think about John, but I was expecting John's reaction to be different. And having their first time together involve Nick picturing someone else was so sad! I understand that something like this needed to happen in order to finally free Nick of John so that he and Gabe could attempt a relationship. But did it need to happen during what should have been a special moment for the two of them?
Still, this was a delightful book, and I'm looking forward to continuing the series!