Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Felice Stevens
Heroes: Ryder & Jason
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 212 pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Available at: Loose Id & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.
Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.
After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?
Ryder’s still trying to recover from the toxic relationship he was in a year ago. Now, he’s not looking for a relationship but when he meets Jason, he can’t help the feelings that start to develop. Jason’s just broken up with his long-time girlfriend and not in any hurry to get back into a relationship. But when he meets Ryder when he comes to rescue some pitt bulls, Jason can’t help but want to become friends. But as their friendship gets deeper, Jason’s long-buried feelings start to come up but Jason’s straight… right?
I enjoyed this one. I really loved that Ryder was so passionate about pitt bulls and how his relationship with his brother was so important to him. At the same time, I liked that while Jason was too scared to date Jason, he still wanted to become friends with him. I really loved that they actually DID become friends first and got very close. When they finally got together, I liked that Jason wanted to come out without all the dramatics and dragging on his coming out.
This story started out pretty great but I felt like it dragged on too long in the end. There came a point where Jason did a complete 180 that I really thought didn’t need to be in the book. Actually, I think the last quarter or so of the book was unnecessary. I just felt like it was adding drama where drama didn’t need to be. Aside from that, there was too much sex for my tastes and I felt like there were several scenes where the author could have expanded on or at least explored but instead the scenes just ended with the next scene picking up days or months later, leaving me wanting to know what happened RIGHT AFTER the scene had ended. I was a tad disappointed in that because I wanted to see reactions to what happened.
All in all, this was a good story. I loved the concept and I loved that (for the most part) Jason didn’t angst all over how he jumped head first into his relationship with Ryder. I adored the characters and even the secondary characters. The story dragged a bit but it was nice seeing some things resolved (Ryder and his dad for instance). If you’re looking for a nice little romance with a bit of smut, give this a go!
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*