Excuse me but...
Riley and Box have barely blipped on my radar before now. Riley is one of the bartenders at Pot O' Gold and Box is friends with James, Nathan & Elliott so he's been around the fringes of the stories. I honestly enjoyed the first part of this story where Riley and Box actually meet each other when Box comes across Riley at a sex party drugged and drunk. Box steps in and keeps Riley safe. In spite of Riley's reservations about Box based strictly on Box's physical appearance the two forge a fast friendship as Box repeatedly proves to Riley that appearances are deceiving. The fact that it was their friendship that developed quickly and not insta-love was nice and I enjoyed how things grew from there.
What had my rolling my eyes and repeatedly muttering things like 'are you kidding?' and 'Really?' was all the added drama. Box is by nature a worrier and caregiver. He wants to be there for his friends to take care of them and help them in their time of need and lord knows they need there are repeated instances of this to the point of predictability and maybe a bit of eye rolling was involved on my part. Truthfully by the end of the book I was finding it tedious and just too much.
I took a quick trip through the reviews for this book on GR and to be honest I'm feeling like I didn't get the same book to read as everyone else. So to all those who loved this book I apologize but this one is definitely going down as my least favorite A.M. Arthur book. The drama was just too much and I'm really hoping that the next book doesn't involve the 'throw in all this shit for added angst' that this has. Book #3 is 'Taking a Chance' and it's Elliott's story, one I've been waiting for so I'm going to cross my fingers and hope things get better from here.