Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Rock Solid
Author: Riley Hart
Series: Rock Solid Construction #1
Heroes: Trevor Dixon/Simon Malone
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 271 Pages
Publisher: Riley Hart
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Trevor Dixon has made too many mistakes to count. Sober for thirteen months, he’s determined to do the right thing: rebuild his relationship with his family, and help his brother get Rock Solid Construction off the ground. Failing them again isn’t an option. Too bad the first estimate Trevor goes on alone is for an uptight doctor with a superiority complex.
A hand injury took away the only important thing in Dr. Simon Malone’s life—performing heart surgery. He doesn’t do well with people and has no family, but being a damn good surgeon? He always had that. Now, he doesn’t know who he is. The last thing he wants to deal with is the young construction worker who blows his shot at remodeling Simon’s home.
Trevor and Simon form an unlikely friendship. The more time they spend together, the more Trevor starts wondering if maybe Simon’s not as straight—or uptight—as he thought…and maybe Trevor’s new attraction for Simon runs both ways.
There are too many reasons they shouldn’t be together: they have little in common, their age difference, Trevor needing to focus on his sobriety…yet there’s something about each other that they just can’t shake. They don’t feel so lost when they’re together. But with their footing so unsteady, forming a relationship that’s rock solid seems impossible. There’s blow after blow, and the last one just might be powerful enough to crack their foundation for good.
Review: This book is named after Trevor and his brother’s construction company, but rock solid is also what I expect whenever I read a Riley Hart book. They are always something you can really sink your teeth into and can expect a certain degree of emotional involvement with each one.
Here, we are dealing with a recovering addict. After a wake up call that resulted in the death of a “friend,” Trevor entered rehab and has been sober for almost a year and a half. He has been working very hard to turn his life around, but, as expected, it is not easy. He has the help and support of his family, especially his twin brother and now business partner. Trevor realizes how difficult it is for those who have dealt with Trevor in the past to now put their trust in him. They try, but it is difficult for them to forget the old Trevor.
Simon is somewhat the opposite. His life is one big pity party for himself. He dedicated his life to becoming a successful heart surgeon, but after a break in leaves his hand injured with lasting nerve damage, is no longer able to perform surgery. He feels he has lost everything with the loss of full use of his hand. Meanwhile, he decides to renovate his home, hoping to create a space where he can write a book about his field. This is how he meets Trevor.
The two are off to a rocky start, but eventually, albeit reluctantly, a friendship grows. They enjoy spending time together, Simon doesn’t see the old Trevor which Trev finds refreshing. In return, Trevor brings a light to Simon’s life that he long since believed was snuffed out. There is the matter of Trevor (and Simon) believing Simon is straight, but it isn’t long before that changes and the two decide to carry on with a NSA, take it day-by-day relationship.
These guys both have very real struggles which they deal with every day. Trevor is afraid he is trading one addiction for another, but is unwilling to give up his time with Simon. He struggles daily to stay sober, but Simon is a strong supporter, never judging, and always offering positive support. Much of this story shows them dealing with these struggles, with the added suspense of how easily things could change if any number of circumstances play out.
Ms. Hart has another winner here with this emotional story. It is easy to feel for these guys, especially Trevor as he tries so hard to do the right thing. I loved watching Trevor show Simon the joys of being in an actual relationship with another man, both in the bedroom and out. While it isn’t his first time, he had many new things to experience, and it was nice to see him come to the realizations of what was truly important in his life. This is a fabulous start to a new series, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*