Jackie is a big rodeo fan and Simon is an up and coming bull rider. When the two meet its an instant attraction. Simon is from a family with strong Christian values and this affects his outlook on gay romance. However, out of the controlling view of his parents, Simon gives in to temptation and begins an affair with Jackie.
Simon does struggle with his feelings due to his upbringing and at times the angst is a little annoying which is the reason for the three stars. Simon’s character is a little too innocent where relationships or interactions between gay men is concerned. At one point he says he didn’t know gay men could have a life together or be happy together. The innocence is cute but taken a little too far for my liking.
Still, Jackie and Simon’s relationship is a sweet romance with some hot moments. Jackie has his own fears of losing Simon and when Simon is outed to his parents, losing Simon becomes a very real possibility. Simon shows a little growth by standing up to his parents and risking their rejection which I thought is a good thing.
This book gives a little bit of a look at what goes on on the rodeo circuit, so if you like books on rodeo romance, this book is for you. If you like to see your characters grow some this book is for you and it’s one of the reasons I’d recommend it. Also if you read the first book and loved like I did, I'd recommend reading this one too just to catch up with Ryan and Dante. I love seeing them again.
What happens when two co-workers are attracted to each other? Scott and Brent don’t know because they’re each hesitant about making a move on the other until a near fatal accident brings things into perspective.
The book opener puts the reader almost right in the thick of the situation. Not much time is wasted on the build-up of unrequited love. Brent is watching and longing for a relationship with Scott and Brent and Scott’s boss tell Brent to go for it. Brent thinks he’s too old for Scott because Brent is about ten years older not only that Brent has some self-esteem issues which don’t really allow him to let anyone get close. That same day Scott is in an accident that leaves him deaf. Now we have a little mystery and a romance brewing. I think Mr. Grey did a good job of handling the deaf issue. He didn’t gloss it over. Scott’s reaction to being deaf was authentic enough but after a while it just seemed a bit whiny to me. Brent was patient with him and tried to help him work through his issues with being deaf. Again this is handled well and the two men spend lots of time together as Brent takes a chance and reveals that he’s interested in Scott. The only problem I have with this romance is there isn't enough true chemistry or rather I couldn’t feel what is there. Still, I enjoyed the way things developed and then the addition of Scott’s old friends added a layer of interest. I am curious about where it would lead. A couple of these old friends are gay too as it turns out and they are in the closet unlike Scott. So, there is a little animosity there. Though the conflict is a good addition to the plot it isn't as strong as I’d have liked it to be. Still, Heart Unheard is a good read and I enjoyed the sensitivity Brent shows in helping Scott get through his accident and dealing with being deaf as he struggles to put his life back together. Brent is patient, always has a pad handy and is attuned to Scott’s feelings. Those moments are sweet. I would have thought helping Scott in that way would have helped Brent get over his self-esteem issues, but it took an attack on Scott to begin Brent’s healing. There is no cliff-hanger.
I recommend this book to everyone who loves gay romance. A note of caution, this is the second book in a series, but I’ve never read the first though I will be reading it. This book can be read independently of that first book without any issues of being lost or feeling as if something is missing.
Twice a year William goes down to Florida and charter’s Mikes fishing boat for some relaxation. Sure, there’s a spark between them but William’s not looking for a fling. Then they get caught in a hurricane and it changes both men’s lives forever.
This is a wild, windy ride that I absolutely fell in love with, both the plot and the characters! William doesn’t want a vacation lover only to go back to his lonely house. I feel for him and was rooting for him from the beginning. Mike is only trying to keep things afloat for his daughter and mother. He’s a good guy who is fighting his attraction to a good customer. The hurricane is crazy. The details really show how dangerous it is for these men and I definitely couldn’t stop reading. Once the storm is over, their romance is in question. I love how organic and real this all feels.
Setting The Hook is a must read!
Title: Rekindled Flame
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary, Gay,
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read!
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy!
Morgan is a firefighter that saves Richard who turns out to be his childhood friend. Richard lost his legs as a solider and now has an arsonist after him. Can they stay alive long enough to rekindle the flame?
I like Morgan and Richard. They are both great characters. Them meeting feels forced though, I had a hard time with the connection between them. The mystery/arsonist aspect of the story is good and the romance is good. Richard is so broken I just want to hug him for hours. I’m rating this three stars because though it’s a good story but it’s not different, there are a lot of books that are similar. Overall, I think the characters are what really make this book worth reading.
Payton was a bullied, overweight kid in high school. Now he’s a talent agent and his bully has come in to sign with him. The problem is Beckett has some real talent.
This was a really good book. It is slow in some places, but that’s my only complaint. And I do mean slow moving to the point where I started to lose interest. However, I like the depth of the characters and how real the situations felt. Payton is shy from his past but when he starts to open up it really brings his character to life. Beckett is a former football player who has his own issues. Together they create an entertaining story of...well, of loathing and love.