Review: The Pet Stylist and the Playboy by Rebecca James (Hedonist #2)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Vibrant Promotions.

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy is the second book in the Hedonist series from Rebecca James. While a standalone, the main characters were introduced in the series starter, The Ballerino and the Biker. With his thirtieth birthday just weeks away, Dante Durham knows his time living his life the way he wants to is coming to an end. He'll be forced to leave the Hedonists--the motorcycle club that was more of a family than the one he had with his parents--but before he can even do that, someone else decides to leave the clubhouse first: Swish. It was two years ago that Dante found Swish looking lost and alone in a public restroom, but even as close as Dante believed they were, it seems that there were quite a few things he never knew about twenty-three-year-old Isaac Paul. He's been "Swish" to everyone in the MC, but starting a new chapter in his life as a pet stylist and moving into the home of elderly shelter owner Gus Taylor has him entering a different phase. He's accepted that his feelings for the bed-hopping bisexual Dante will never be reciprocated; so why does it seem as if Dante isn't ready to let his Swish go?

Unlike Zeke Ivers before him, Hedonists member Dante isn't just discovering his bisexuality and has always been open about the fact that he sleeps with both men and women. He made no apologies over that fact...until he realized just how much deeper Isaac's feelings were for him and that he kinda-sorta-maybe could reciprocate those feelings. There is A LOT of waffling on Dante's end. I get it--he felt like he had a responsibility being his parents' only child to do what was expected of him because it was something that they had all agreed on, but ugh! He was pussyfooting around, and I couldn't help but feel that he wasn't taking responsibility over his actions and how they were ultimately affecting the person he claimed to care about most. One of the things that I liked best about this second book was the fact that Isaac wasn't some pushover who was going to just give in to Dante every single time he decided that he needed more of Isaac. Just like the book before it, though, I did ultimately enjoy reading The Pet Stylist and the Playboy, even if I did love Isaac's interactions with Gus more than with Dante. It gets four stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Hedonist series:


The Ballerino and the Biker (book one) - four stars - My Review

The Pet Stylist and the Playboy (book two) - four stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 06 July 2018

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