One real thing by Anah Crow & Dianne Fox


Nick Addison has taken care of Hollister Welles since college. Though the responsible grad student and the uninhibited partier were total opposites, they had always shared an inexplicable bond. Nick knows he should stop saving the out-of-control Holly, but when Holly hits rock-bottom hard—and publicly—he can’t resist coming to his rescue one last time. Can’t resist the feeling of having Holly need him again.

Bringing Holly back to New York City, Nick gives Holly the chance to face his demons and break his dangerous habits—while keeping Holly’s presence a secret from Nick’s wife. He doesn’t want to face Caroline’s hatred of Holly…or the reasons she might have to resent him.

Then the tables are turned. Just as Holly pulls himself together, Nick’s life falls apart. Now it’s up to Holly to bring Nick back from the brink—and to make Nick finally face the desires he’s long denied.

My thoughts: 

While reading “One real thing”  I kept thinking that both characters seemed to be caught in some sort of destructive behaviour pattern sooner or later and needed some slapping. Sorry.

Holly – at the start – is the worst of the bunch. He doesn’t give a damn about himself and sets out to destroy himself with his lifestyle. The reason: his unrequited love for Nick. I found that slightly over the top. However, once Nick started to take care of him he recovered quickly and turned out to be a reasonable person.

Nick. He denied his desire to Holly to himself, unfortunately he did it in such a way that his wife still managed to pick up on it. I don’t know about you, but her bitchiness seemed somewhat justified to me. By normal standards it is quite understandable that a woman does not exactly like the man her husband secretly desires. By normal standards a wife would find it rather unusual that her husband tells her he is away on a business trip when in reality he locks himself up in an apartment for days with said other man to detox him and in order to get that man’s life back on track. 

Then, when it turns out that both partners had been cheating on each other (Caroline on Nick with his editor, Nick on her with Holly, at least emotionally) and they decided to get divorced it is Nick whose world is turned upside down. I didn’t quite understand the impact that had on him. It wasn’t that he was so madly in love with his wife that he could have been devastated, was it?

But anyway, when Holly realized what is going on he came back to help Nick out for a change and did that beautifully. They both were really good together and – once they finally found each other the way both desired – a perfect couple. The first part of the book was a bit hard to digest (still good though), with Holly, respectively Nick having to get out of their funk. Once all the trials and tribulations were over, the last part of the book made for a fun and easy read.


Title One real thing
Author Anah Crow & Dianne Fox
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426891021
Buy link Buy One real thing

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