Title ~ All I'll Ever Need
Author ~ J.P. Bowie
Publisher ~ Totally Bound Publishing
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance
All Edward Conway needs is someone to love, and in sexy Puerto Rican Alex Martinez, he may have found that someone—until a wild party threatens to take everything from him.
When Edward Conway came out to his family he never imagined their reaction would be to shut him out of their lives. Searching for acceptance he leaves his hometown hoping to find a new life in Los Angeles. Finally daring to enter a gay bar by himself, he meets Alex Martinez, a celebrities publicity agent, and the two men connect on all kinds of levels. Despite the pressure of Alex’s job, which takes him out of town soon after he and Edward connect, Edward feels he may just have met the man who can give him something to live for.
Things look good until Edward’s wild roommate Troy, needs a lift to a party where ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ are the order of the day. Reluctantly Edward agrees to drive Troy to the party, but before he can leave he becomes the victim of a vicious incident that could shatter the hopes he had for the future.
Alex is there to lend support but he is haunted by a tragic past, and in the present is torn between an old loyalty and the wish to make Edward a lasting part of his life.
Edward is a newcomer to LA, newly out and determined to be true to himself. This meant visiting the local gay bars, and after some serious talking to himself (the sweet man needed to pep talk himself into going into the place he had researched online) he does go in and meets the sexy Alex. They end up on the dance floor, where Edwards learns that maybe he didn't have anything to worry about after all.
He'd never done this before, never allowed such searing intimacy with a veritable stranger, yet it seemed so natural. So good... So right.
Edward has been hurt before. He didn't find any tolerance in his home town and his limited experiences were rough and hurtful. Alex changes all that in just one night. Alex, though has secrets of his own, and a job that gets hectic just after the two men get together. Not enough time for each other to mean anything, but Edward feels the absence strongly.
The single biggest problem with Edward is that he is a nice guy and being a nice guy gets him into trouble, big time. I could see why Edward did what he did, but at the same time I wanted to slap him around the head and yell "how could you be so stupid". I thought in modern society everyone knew you should never accept a drink from a stranger unless it comes in an unopened bottle.
Lena was another one who annoyed the crap out of me, which just goes to show how well her character was written. Her interference in Alex's life and her sheer selfishness was enough to drive me nuts at times. I don't know if Kevin and Troy were too young to be caring and Herbie - well, let's just say in my mind he was a psychopath.
Overall this was a lovely story with the angst coming from secondary characters rather than Alex and Edward. I thought the whole story ended a little abruptly, but then when two men are in love and happy with each other, what more is there to say?