Reviewed by Ami
Title: Wide Open Spaces
Author: Renee Stevens
Series: States of Love
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 98 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.
No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.
Review: Devon Rhodes – may I first comment on how this character’s name tickled my fancy because I’ve read MM books from an author with the same name? *lol* — returns to Rock Springs, Wyoming after six years in Washington. While he is out of the closet there in the big city, he doesn’t feel happy so he welcomes getting a job back home. Although it means that he is going back to the closet since he’s not ready to announce his sexuality for fear of the small minded people in the small-town…
While I agree that coming out is personal, I couldn’t help but feel aggravated with how Devon reacted, especially among his friends. His friends were homophobic douche-bags and I kind of expected more from him. I also felt that Levi was a bit too forgiving. I did like Levi for not pushing Devon to come out though. Like I said previously, I sincerely think that coming out is personal, and nobody needs the pressure or push because I believe the internal conflict itself is already hard for the person involved.
Anyway, I guess I expected the story to be more about Devon and Levi reuniting, maybe taking time to work things out considering that Devon didn’t want to come out while Levi was already out and proud. There were some sexy times, but I always feel that reading about how the characters communicate to deal with conflicts is way better than reading sex scenes. So yeah, I skipped all the sex scenes, and wished for more conflict resolution in my head instead.
The ending, though, was probably the biggest disappointment for me because it felt like it was a sudden cut-off. It didn’t even feel like HFN because it was so rushed. It was like seeing the word “The End” in the middle of a movie scene. Phooey.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*