Book Review: Weight of the World by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack

Reviewed by JustJen

31701675Title: Weight of the World
Authors: Devon McCormack
Heroes: Tommy/Zack
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 241 Pages
Publisher: Devon McCormack
Release Date: August 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  “The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself.”

Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there’s still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he’s right, which is why he’s shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn.

It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn’t.

Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.

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Review: I love reading about damaged characters and seeing them overcome and find love. This one is chock full of that. The blurb pretty much tells all the what, leaving out only the why, which is what this story spends most of its time trying to figure out. Zack meets Tommy (Rob’s brother) when he goes looking for those answers. They have chemistry and decide to act on that as a way to forget about their issues and pain. In the course of doing so, their relationship grows as they continue the search together, supporting each other as they go.

This story lost steam for me fairly early on once we got past Zack and Tommy’s meeting. Their search for answers, almost debilitating grief, both Tommy’s for not being what Rob needed and Zack’s for not  being able to stop Rob when he was the last to see him, coupled with both of them agonizing over not seeing the signs, while understandable, got to be very repetitive. I think the amount of time it took to get any answers may have factored into that. We get chapters here and there told by Rob that start to shed some light on that fateful night, but it isn’t until the end that we get a clearer picture.

I could not imagine going through anything closely resembling a suicide and can easily see how frustrating it must be to those affected by it, let alone understand the feelings, mentality or degrees of depression one must feel to get to that point. Those struggles shine through in this story. Their frustrations, varying degrees of guilt over not only Rob, but of their growing relationship, were so strong, you can’t help but feel it. Thankfully, they overcome and we get to see them in a better light. There are some serious issues this book covers, and I think it did a good job not glossing over them. If you can make it through to the end, it is worth the struggle to see these guys overcome and realize they are just what the other needs.

This was well written, just as I’ve come to expect from Ms. Hart. I’ve only read one other story by Ms. McCormack, but I wouldn’t hesitate to try another based on what I’ve read so far.

Overall Impression: I liked it

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

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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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