Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Riley Hart
Series: Blackcreek #2
Heroes: Wes Jensen/Braden Roth
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 212 Pages
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Available at: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Wes Jensen just lost the sister who raised him, and gained custody of his niece. The last thing he needs to add to his full plate is dealing with Braden Roth, the one-night-stand who continues to try to push his way into Wes’ life. He has a kid to raise now, and Wes isn’t great at getting close anyway.
Braden has never had a woman or a man sneak out on him the morning after. From the start, Wes intrigues him, and Braden isn’t one to deny himself something he wants. And he wants Wes. The more time he spends with Wes and the little girl who constantly keeps them on their toes, the more Braden realizes this isn’t just about getting the guy who walked away.
As their lives intertwine more and more, Wes discovers Braden isn’t as shallow as he thought. But after everything Wes lost in his life, he isn’t sure he can risk his heart, and truly want Braden to stay—and if he did, would Wes’ quiet life be enough for Braden?
First things first, Braden is one of my favorite characters. He is sexy, cocky, sweet, caring, and has a heck of a sense of humor. He had me chuckling out loud more than once. He is a fireman who doesn’t take crap from anyone and pretty much doesn’t care what others think of his choices in partners, be them male or female. He is pushy but not annoyingly so. He always seems to know just the right thing to say, even though his lack of filter gets him in trouble here and there. I loved him!
Wes was a little trickier. He has been through a lot, with his father walking out, his mother’s death, then his sister’s sickness and death, followed by his being dumped by his boyfriend. So, he is very reluctant to let himself care too much about anyone other than his 4 year old niece whom he must now care for. I absolutely loved how these two were when things got hot and heavy. For a while, that is the only time Wes really allows himself to come out of his shell, and they were a perfect match in that department.
We met both of these guys in Collide, and I was excited for their story. I did like this a little bit better than Collide, and although I’m not a very big fan of kids in my stories, this didn’t really bother me in this instance. She is essentially what brings them together and plays a part in their taking their time in establishing a relationship. Of course, Wes’ issues also played a part in that, but Jess was a huge factor.
This did slow for me a bit in the middle, but it didn’t take long for me to be riveted through to the end, which I loved. This was sad at times, but really sweet and funny as well. I always enjoy seeing how the book’s title plays into the story, and this one did not disappoint me in that regard. I definitely recommend this, and you certainly can’t beat the price. It looks like we are getting the sexy bartender, Mason’s, story next, which I’m really looking forward to.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*