As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner
picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra
can't remember the last time someone was…nice. It's more than he deserves. Davis
Witnessing his lover's death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern; living in his sister's basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He's not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That's more than he's ready for.
A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra's been running from himself so long he doesn't know how to live any other way. And Donner can't risk his heart just to lose everything again. They'll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.
As a bartender, Donner knows the regulars at Pot O Gold pretty well. He’s had his share of one night stands with the patrons. So when Ezra Kelley (the guy who picks up someone new every visit) flirts with Donner, Donner isn’t opposed to accepting an invitation if Ezra is still interested at the end of the night. But Ezra gets distracted with another regular and Donner later finds him on the floor of the bathroom recovering from slight altercation that could have gone much worse. By the end of the night Donner DOES go home with Ezra. But only to make sure he gets there safely.
Ezra is a little floored by Donner. A guy that Ezra considered a possible one night stand became a knight in shining armor. Not only did he help him home after a scary night at the bar that sent him into a panic attack, he also showed up the next day to bring him ginger ale and make sure he was doing alright.
Fast forward to another night at Pot O Gold. Ezra is hanging out with his friends Ale and Jamie (from Just One Thing) . This time, Ezra DOES bring Donner home. And, of course, sparks fly. Each of them sees the possibility of a relationship. Which would be great if both of them weren’t terribly gun shy due to their previous relationship experiences; Donner because he lost his partner to a violent crime and Ezra because his last long term relationship ended when his ex didn’t want to deal with Ezra’s emotional baggage. Each of these men needs to face their fears and their pasts before they can move on to the next step of having the relationship they desperately want to have with each other.
I enjoyed reading this because chemistry between Ezra and Donner is engaging and hot. A. M. Arthur has a knack for writing some seriously sexy scenes. There is definitely magic between the characters. Both in and out of the bedroom.
If you are a fan of New Adult and gay romance, Maybe This Time might just be for you.