Title: Shifting Views
Author: Meg Harding
Series: The Carlisles #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 02-10-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first.
Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way.
Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.
I am seriously obsessed with this series and am so sad for it to be ending, but I thought this book – the fourth in the series, was a great way to close it out. While this is part of the Carlisle family series, each book can be read as a standalone (but it’s so worth reading the series!).
In this book, Denver is the star Carlisle of the story – the last remaining single person in the family and a fashion model to boot. In previous books, his full personality was a bit muted as the light was shined on the main characters, but in this one, we learn about him quickly and I’m glad I got to meet him. He just moved into his first apartment on his own – without his twin by his side, and he’s having a difficult time adjusting to the quiet and being alone. To help him settle in his new neighborhood, Denver finds the perfect pastry/coffee shop to hang out at – and it happens to be owned by his naked neighbor, Ethan.
Ethan was deep and sad and lonely – and I ached for him. He was so truly alone in this world and couldn’t fathom the possibility of having someone – friends, family, boyfriend, etc. His true isolation and how much he lived in his own head was emotional at times (for me!), but wow – he was well written. And he fit perfectly with Denver.
My favorite part about this book, like every single Carlisle book by Harding, was the characters. They are so real, so genuine, and people I want to know and be friends with. They aren’t cardboard figures, they are the real deal – and when they come together, sparks and comfort come together perfectly. I can’t wait to read the next series Harding has in store for us!