Release Date: July 29, 2017
Length: Novella (118 pages)
Genre: Contemporary M/M romance
Cover Art: Unknown
Blurb: David Moussa, pen name David Boone, loves writing. It’s what he was born to do, and he’s known that since high school. With a flourishing writing career, he’s happy with his life. He’s doing very well professionally, for a fairly new writer. All he needs now is someone to share his life with, a dream he’s had since his first hard crush in college. But that won’t ever happen, unless Dave can get past the understandable fear that his coming out as bi will lose him the few friends he has, estrange him from his family, and hurt his career. He can’t afford to mess up, now that he’s on the brink of recognition on the New York Times Bestseller list. He’s lived this long without love. He will learn to survive. Enter Jacob Pratt, Army veteran, scarred both physically and emotionally. Jake is out and proud and has little patience for anyone who lets fear stand in the way. He’s had to endure great trauma in his life, and battles daily to conquer his demons. The last thing he wants is to have anything to do with a man who is hobbled by fear. He let one man’s fear stop him before, and he is still paying the price. He will never again trust anything but his gut, neither in business nor in love. But when he meets David Moussa, his head and heart collide. The younger man is scared to own his desire for Jake, but Jake can’t seem to stay away from him. His head says Dave is trouble with a capital T. His heart says Dave is the man he could finally love. How will he protect himself from another broken heart if he trusts a man who’s afraid to acknowledge him publicly?
Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 30,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger.”
So, right off the bat, that’s a lot of blurb for a novella. It promises a lot of conflict and drama that it just can’t deliver in 30,000 words. There wasn’t enough time, in the timeline of the story or in word count to cover anywhere near that much ground.
A heretofore straight, successful author falls for an injured ex-soldier turned artist. Mostly it’s a pretty run of the mill Gay/Bi-For-You tale. The men go from lust-at-first-sight to love way too fast to be true to the characters as written, especially when the author wasn’t able to show the characters connecting on any level other than sexual. The book is perfectly readable and the writing is decent, even with some head-hopping I found distracting. I will be the first to say that the sex is good. Angry sex is always hot. Overall, my biggest problem was the overpromising in the blurb and underdelivering in the story.
The cover is a good one. I like the yellow. I like the photos. I like the typography. It’s one of the nicest self-pub covers I’ve seen in a while. I know it’s not the most creative or artistic cover out there, but it gets the job done and it has a nice “romance-y” feel to it. I wish the author had given credit to the cover artist.