Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Gone for You
Author: Riley Hart
Series: Wild Side #1
Heroes: Oliver Hayes/Matt Daniels
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 224 Pages
Publisher: Riley Hart
Release Date: February 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Oliver Hayes wears his heart on his sleeve, and his friends never let him forget it. Every Friday night spent at Wild Side, their favorite West Hollywood bar, Oliver’s lack of hookups becomes the hot topic. It’s not that he doesn’t want a good time. He just wants it to *mean* something, which is a lofty goal when he’s still pining after his childhood crush, Matt, who left ten years ago to start a new life in New York City.
Matt Daniels has always felt most at home seated at a piano. He might not have entirely fit in with his family and friends, but he was always able to find himself in music. Or at least he did before he gave up his dream a lifetime ago. Now, he has a successful modeling career and should be enjoying every second of it. Yet nothing feels right, and Matt fears he’s losing himself.
Just when Oliver decides to get over Matt for good, Matt waltzes back into LA. As Matt struggles to understand what he’s missing in his seemingly perfect life, he falls right back into leaning on Oliver for support. Things aren’t what they used to be between them, though. They tumble into bed together, and it’s hard not to continue ending up there. For the first time in years, Matt’s inspired to compose again, reigniting a spark he thought long extinguished.
But as always, Oliver can’t keep his heart in check, and soon Matt realizes he’s gone for Oliver too. The biggest question is, can he fully give himself to someone if he still hasn’t figured out how to love himself?
Review: Oliver, Miles, Chance, and then Matt, have been friends since high school. Matt joined the group when he met Oliver while his mother worked for Oliver’s parents cleaning their house.
Oliver is just one of those almost too nice guys who is always trying to help everyone. He has had a mad crush on Matt from almost the very beginning, though he is resigned to the fact that he will forever remain in the best friend zone.
Matt is a rather dreary character in that he never felt he was good enough for anyone. He got by on his good looks, and when he was unable to make it in the Big Apple with his music, fell back on his looks to make a career modeling, something which he hates to do. But, he feels he doesn’t have anything else to offer and is stuck in a major rut. He also feels as though he lost his love of music. The one thing he can count on, and the very reason he left California to make it on his own, was his friendship with Oliver. As with everything else, he never felt he was good enough for Oliver. When he basically hits bottom with where he is in life, it is Oliver he goes back to. Matt is also dealing with some family issues as well to add to his already full plate.
Oliver is sweet, and it is easy to feel bad for Matt at the onset. However, it does get rather repetitive to see these two make it through most of the story without making any progress. It isn’t until very late in the story, when Oliver finally stands up and says enough, that things really improve. If only he had done that years ago! But, just as with life, no matter how many times his friends tried to talk to him about it or try to make him see, Oliver had to come to that decision on his own, which, in turn, forced Matt to do the same.
To be honest, I found Miles and Chance, Dare and Austin and their lives far more interesting or enticing. Miles the workaholic and Chance the anything goes gogo dancer, really need to be in the hotseat. Or how about getting the backstory on Dare, the owner of Wild Side and his partner, Austin? We get teasers on a few of those coming up next at the end of this book, and I already can’t wait to see how those play out!
So, while this was not my favorite Riley Hart story, it is a very promising start to a new series, one which I’m already looking forward to adding to my very full Riley Hart shelf.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*