By Annabella Michaels
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Akio Forrest loved his life. He had an amazing job, great friends, supportive parents and was recently given the responsibility of heading up the Agape House project, the construction of a new facility for the Chicago-based center that helped LGBTQ teens. He knew it would be a huge undertaking, but being able to help more kids in need was something he and all his friends were willing to work hard for. Excited to begin the project, Akio was taken by surprise when he came face to face with strong, sexy and self-assured, Morgan Greene, the new contractor for the job.
Morgan Greene had always considered his life a good one. Born and raised in a small town in Tennessee by two loving parents, he owned a successful construction company. When circumstances in his personal life left him desperate for a change, he decided to leave his home and move to Chicago. The move would allow him to finally, live closer to his favorite cousins while also expanding his business. Never one to shy away from an adventure, Morgan was excited about starting the next chapter in his life. What he wasn’t expecting was meeting someone like Akio Forrest.
Working together to make the Agape House project a reality, Akio and Morgan soon realized that what was happening between them was much more than just a simple attraction. When outside forces bring past hurts and doubts to the forefront, the two men are left to wonder if the foundation they’d laid was strong enough, or if everything they’d worked so hard to build would come crashing down around them?
Author Annabella Michaels gifts readers with another heart-riveting five-star romance, this time featuring Landon Greene’s best friend Akio and a newly introduced Greene family member, cousin Morgan. Readers are also treated to scenes with former series couples, including Caleb and Giovanni, Carter and Ryan, Landon and Micah, and record producer Lachlan and Carter’s Creed drummer Rocko (Riley).
Michaels’ style shifts to a more playful approach in Constructing the Soul, and both of the key characters have a contagious energy and libido that will ignite a desire in readers to want to race through the story to experience the next step in this intense, passion-fueled couple’s journey. Chivalry is certainly not dead, and Morgan’s undeniable respect for Akio is refreshing. Gay, bi, or straight, a guy like Morgan is a catch! Akio is a colorful character with an infectiously vibrant personality, though it’s shadowed by his past. He has experienced his fair share of hurt and heartbreak, and he finds it difficult to assume that what he’s building with Morgan will survive.
This latest book of Michaels’ is like a heartbeat: every beat pivoting life forward, allowing for the next step in what is a mesmerizingly beautiful romance. Once again, two characters we easily grow to love find their soulmates and eventual HEA, and readers feel like they’re right there experiencing the story and catching up with former characters we already know and love.
Akio and Morgan, though, are a fun couple who truly respect and are made for one another, and Constructing the Soul is a delicious addition to the Souls of Chicago series.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on July 10, 2017.