The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle #2) by Eli Easton (5 Stars)

A wonderful friends-to-lovers story that really captured my heart.

Daniel Derenzo is an extremely wealthy and ruthless businessman. His dying father has finally convinced him that he needs to start living his life. His best friend and business partner, Nick Ross, was in love with Daniel when they went to college a long time ago. Nick is now in a bad marriage with two children. Daniel realizes that he’s in love with Nick, but they have so many obstacles to overcome.

I just absolutely loved this story. The characters were well developed, the plot was interesting, the resolutions were believable, and I found myself tearing up quite a few times. Daniel was such a stressed out man. He was extremely driven and calculating in everything that he did. At the same time, when it came to Nick and the kids, he had a heart of gold. I enjoyed Daniel’s visit to the sex therapist when he realized that he might actually be gay and wanted help to confirm it.

Nick was smart, hard-working and extremely nice. His kids came first, and he was concerned about what a divorce might do them. I actually enjoyed the kids in this story. They not only brought an emotional connection with them, but they also gave the plot its true conflict. This story is only loosely connected to the first in the series, but it was also a wonderful book.

A love story between friends with true complications in their lives that was both touching and beautifully written.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.

Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’d never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.

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