Book Review: The Lost Year by Libby Drew

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title: The Lost Year
Author: Libby Drew
Series: Secrets of Neverwood #3
Heroes: Devon McCade/Nicholas Hardy
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 144 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Available at: Carina Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Devon McCade is no stranger to adversity. As a photojournalist, he’s seen all manner of human struggle. And as a kid, it’s what brought him to Neverwood, to his foster mother Audrey. It’s what he’s facing now, as he and his foster brothers work to restore the once-stately mansion amidst surprising signs from Audrey herself.

But when another anguished soul arrives at Neverwood, Devon can’t hide behind his camera. Nicholas Hardy is certain he saw his runaway son, Robbie, in a photo Devon took of homeless children. Devon knows all too well that a young teenager on the streets doesn’t have many options—and Robbie has been missing for a full year.

Searching for Robbie with Nicholas stirs memories and passions Devon had thought long lost, yet knowing that Nicholas will leave as soon as Robbie is found keeps him from opening himself up to something permanent. Devon must learn to fight for what he wants to keep—his love, and his home.

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Review:

I loved this story…absolutely loved it!

The Lost Year is the third and final story of the Secrets of Neverwood anthology.  The anthology tells the stories of three foster brothers who are brought back together after the death of their foster mother Audrey.  The Lost Year is about Devon, the oldest brother of the three, who finds his HEA with Nicholas, a man who comes to Devon enlisting his help to find his runaway son.  

Like I already said, I LOVED THIS STORY!  And stayed up all night reading it.  

I loved all the sexual tension between Devon and Nicholas.  The whole is-he-or-isn’t-he-gay trope really works for me.  Plus, Devon’s little glasses kink was hot.  They both drove me crazy with not being able to admit what that wanted…stubborn men!  But everything works out in the end.  

I loved the suspense.  I wasn’t sure if Devon and Nicholas would be able to find Robbie, but I think their search process was believable even though the likelihood that they would have found him would have been extremely slim.  

I loved the brothers…Cal and Danny.  And even though they treated Nicholas horribly, I understand they were only looking out for Devon…and themselves.  Trust doesn’t come easy to any of them.

I loved Audrey.  She gets a little wild there in the end and I was biting my nails like crazy throughout the big danger scene.  I think her “presence” was really well done and only slightly creepy.

Since this is the only story of the anthology that I read (and likely to be the only one I read) I think I missed a bit of the crazy relative plot.  But I’m fine with that and happy that I am able to know how it all ends.

Overall Impression: I Loved It

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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