Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Sid Love
Heroes: Austin Reyes/Dylan Carver
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 226 Pages
Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and forces himself upon Austin. There is no end to Caleb’s lustful intentions. Austin leaves Eaton and flees to Denver to start a new life when his mother commits suicide after succumbing to depression. There, he meets Dylan Carver.
Dylan is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.
Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.
Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?
Review: This is the book that if you pause to blink, just for a nanosecond, you will miss something. Truly, the twists and turns were around every corner, almost every chapter. Poor Austin, the guy must have felt like he lived in the Twilight Zone because every time he tried to move on from the horror of his past, something else popped up that kept him connected to it.
Before I get to the review, let me just say, and this is just my honest opinion so take it with a grain of salt, I think the blurb needs to be condensed just a bit so that the reader can actually unravel the story. I believe the rape needed to be mentioned so that readers can make an informed choice to read, or not, but let’s not give away too much of the story, yeah? Also, there is a bit of English/British interchanging terminology. It didn’t take me out of the story, but it was noticeable. Now, onto the review.
One of the things that kept me invested in this story was the fact that I had no idea how it was going to end, or what drama was lurking around the next corner. It was a bit unrealistic that so much was connected, but kind of genius, too. I kept flip flopping back and forth in my mind whether it worked or if it was just too much. I decided it worked and went with it. The one thing I try to do is not assume and just let the author tell their story. I tend to enjoy it more when I let that happen.
For a while, I was unsure if Dylan and Austin would ever actually get together romantically, so I went back to the blurb, saw that yep they were couple, and went back to the story and bided my time. They ended up being a really sweet couple, and worth the wait. They just had way too many secrets and baggage to unload first. They also needed a lesson in communication…but that is where their way over the top friends come into play. Meet Amy, Liana, Eddie, Trevin, and Sharon.
I must admit, I liked the idea of Amy, but her first scene was kind of off-putting. It was so far out there that I still cannot see that as being even remotely realistic. She does grow on you, but her vulgar ways were not very endearing. Liana was cool, though. Austin needed at least one semi-stable friend/roommate. Trevin and Sharon were worth their weight in gold, you just don’t realize that at first.
But the gist of the story is the mystery of who is after Austin, who wants him dead, and why? Also, what was going to become of Caleb, and would Austin get justice for his battering and rape at Caleb’s hand. He truly was a psychopath. For a while I thought the Caleb aspect would remain a sad history that Austin would have to live with, but rest assured, he gets his, and after a book full of non-stop drama and unexpected coincidences, Austin and Dylan finally get their happy ending, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*