Reviewed by JustJen
Title: By My Side
Author: Jennifer Wright
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 69 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Noah has suppressed his urges for other men for years, but when a sexy bartender comes crashing into his life, all bets are off.
Due to his career as a lawyer and his father’s strict ways, Noah has always ignored the side of him that craves the touch of another man, not wanting to upset the calm waters of his life. But when he’s out one night celebrating his friend’s first win in a courtroom, Noah is taken aback by the raw lust that consumes him when he meets Shea. He wants to ignore what he feels for the man, but when Shea introduces a tantalizing side of sex that Noah has been dreaming of, he finds it impossible to keep Shea out of his life.
Shea’s been heartbroken before by a man who wouldn’t come out of the closet for him, and he doesn’t think he can go through that again. Can Noah let go of his fears of coming out to the world? Will the pleasures Shea gives him in the bedroom have Noah seeing what really matters in the long run?
Review: Noah is deeply closeted due to his career and his father’s preachings about how anything else would affect that career. That all changes when he meets Shae on night when he is out with his friends. Shae is a sexy bartender who also happens to be friends with Noah’s friends. They have immediate chemistry, but Noah continues to hide. When his friends invite Shae out with them shortly after their first meeting, Noah is hardly in a position to say no.
My biggest problem with this story is that it was way too short! Shae and Noah come together where Shae opens Noah’s eyes up to how things could be between them, but Noah’s fears drive a wedge between them pretty quickly. Shae has been burned before and though he is not into one-night stands, he ends up walking away when it seems that is just what Noah means for them to be.
These two were really hot together. It is pretty clear they make a perfect match, but I wanted to know so much more about them, especially Shae, whom we only got to see through Noah’s POV. I really hope there is a continuation to this story planned in the future, because this taste was just not enough to satisfy, and I’m definitely eager for more.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*