Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: His Steady Heart
Author: Nell Iris
Heroes: Buck & Pippin
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 86 pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: May 25, 2019
Available at: JMS Books & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ashley “Buck” Buchanan moved back home to take care of his sick mother when he was 22. That was the first time he met Pippin, the neglected 6-year-old boy next door. Fifteen years later, Buck, a caretaker by nature, offers up his couch for Pippin, who needs a break from his mom and a quiet place to sleep.
Pippin Olander is a ray of sunshine despite his emotionally lacking upbringing and works hard to make a better life for himself. Even though he’s fiercely self-sufficient, he learns to accept help from Buck, his rock and the only steady presence in his life.
Their friendship deepens and grows into something more as they spend time together. But when other people try to throw a wrench in the works, when Pippin’s independence is triggered, can Buck and Pippin trust in the love they’ve found?
Okay, this book took me completely by surprise with how much I loved it! As soon as I started reading it, I was sucked right in and couldn’t put it down. I loved how sweet and caring Buck was and how stubborn Pippin could be. I loved that things started with Buck just wanting to know that Pippin had a warm place to stay every night but then turned into something more. It was incredibly sweet to see Buck want to feed and clothe Pippin but I really l liked that Pippin didn’t want to take advantage of Buck’s kindness. The connection between them was low-key but intense at the same time and it was interesting to see how the feelings grew between them.
I loved this one so much that I honestly have nothing bad to say about it. I mean, I wished it had been longer, much longer, but it was just perfect the way it was. This author’s writing really drags you in and and she has such a way of weaving her characters so that you can’t help but love them.
All in all, I really loved this book. I could read it over and over again. The characters burrowed their way into my heart and didn’t let up. I loved that Buck was such a gentleman with Pippin and Pippin didn’t take advantage of his sweet nature. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them, even though I do think the author wrapped this up nicely, but just a sneak peak in how they’re doing in a few years would be great! Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for something sweet and short to put a little smile on your face.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*