With his best friend, fashion designer Deseree Wildwood in tow, Davis has to shed his sweet, guy-next-door persona, and re-vamp his image into a self-confident, hot piece of eye candy. He's going to the wedding with only one goal in mind: to do whatever it takes to win back Jack. The Toad is toast!
Once in Chicago, Davis discovers it isn't going to be as easy as he thought. Not only is Tadd very un-Toad-like, but a mysterious British playboy named Alex Parker manages to interject himself into the mix. Only true love will survive as the tug of war ensues in this Bermuda love triangle from hell.
Jack invites Davis to his wedding because Jack still loves Davis – but not as a boyfriend – more as a lifelong friend, even though they were once together intimately for 4 years. But Davis doesn’t believe that Jack is really in love with Tadd aka Toad because he’s only known him 2 weeks so he agrees to go the wedding, but his plan is to get Jack to realize that he loves Davis and not Toad.
Deseree gets Davis to Chicago early and gives him a makeover. He’s looking pretty hot by the time they meet up with Jack and Tadd. You can tell from minute one that Jack definitely still has feelings for Davis – but obviously not strong enough. Davis is freaking out because time’s a wastin and Jack is still moving along with his plans to wed Tadd.
In the midst of Davis trying to coax Jack away from Tadd he meets Alex. Alex is a playboy with a fantastic, kind of base sense of humor (that I enjoyed thoroughly) and is willing to help Deseree and Davis in their plotting against Tadd. But Alex ends up with much more interest in Davis.
In the end - and quite a bit happens to get us there – Davis has to realize that as much as he may think that he’s in love with Jack – he’s more in love with the Jack of his past. He truly doesn’t know the current Jack as they haven’t been together for 6 years. So what does he do? Give up or keep trying to get Jack away from Tadd?
This is my first read by Ethan Day, but it certainly won’t be my last. I enjoyed his writing style immensely and of course the wonderful sense of humor that he imbibed his characters with. I love humor in books and this was great.
Davis grew quite a bit in this book and I loved seeing that. He has flashbacks to college when he first meets Jack and then again from 1 year prior to the wedding. I think that the flashbacks helped us get a good grasp on their relationship without having a full info dump and that was much appreciated. I did see from these flashbacks though that Jack and Davis’s relationship was lacking a huge amount of communication. They just couldn’t talk to each other and let the other know what they were thinking and feeling. It was rather sad to see their relationship dissolve for such a reason but it does happen all the time – in RL and in books. There were a few parts of the book that I would have like to have seen expanded but I think that’s just my personal preference rather than an absolute necessity. :)
In the end I thought that Self Preservation was a fun read that I’d recommend if you’re looking for a humorous book with some serious parts thrown in.
Rating 3.75 out of 5