Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
- Two characters who are out and not afraid to admit it. No "I like him but am not sure whether he's interested in guys" or "we can't be together because I'm afraid to admit I like you" (not that I mind reading about those issues, but it's nice to encounter out and proud guys on occasion).
- Some refreshingly frank conversations, particularly as concern sex and the characters' feelings about each other and other people.
- The female characters who work with Jack are sweet and supportive.
- Steve's brief rundown on gun safety with Adam is well done. I must admit, I doubted that a California girl would manage to discuss firearms at all accurately, but Hauser proved me wrong. (However, Jack gets Adam a permit to carry the gun in a few weeks, tops. THAT made me raise an eyebrow a bit.)
- The whole Adam-Jack-Mark-Steve dynamic is confusing and annoying. First, Mark is whiny and pushy throughout much of the book and Jack is simply a jerk in return the majority of the time. (What I find most interesting about this is that when I read Capital Games, I found JACK whiny and annoying; I think Hauser struggles with writing sympathetic secondary characters, regardless of whether she's fleshed them out at all previously.) Second, Mark's explanation of why he never pursued Jack didn't fly very well with me. And third, Jack's attitude toward Adam seems unfair: at one point, while Jack is still sort of pining away for Mark, "Jack want[s] to move away. Maybe leave the country," and then two pages later, he asks Mark whether he "want[s] to be Mrs. Larsen" (Jack's last name).
- Compounding the complex relationship issues with the four guys is that Adam (poor Adam) falls so fast and so hard for Jack. He calls him "baby" about two days after they first meet.
Overall comments: I didn't find the two leads in this book as annoying as I did the two leads in Capital Games. But the relationships are intertwined, complex, and a little sad. So if you're looking for light-hearted romantic comedy, you might pass over this one and Capital Games and go for one of Hauser's Men in Motion books instead.
CONNECTIONS TO OTHER HAUSER WORKS:
* Capital Games (the events described in that book are a major defining factor in Jack's personality in this one, so I suggest you read Capital Games first)
* For Love and Money (the story of Jason and Ewan, one of Adam's former clients who makes a minor appearance in this book; events in For Love and Money happen first, but it's not necessary to read that before When Adam Met Jack)
* Love You, Loveday (the characters watch and discuss several of Angel Loveday's films, and Angel appears briefly in person)
* Miller's Tale and Secrets and Misdemeanors (two female characters from those books are attorneys at the law firm where Jack works)