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A Helping Hand [Kindle Edition]

Shayla Kersten
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Deputy Sheriff Rich Taylor has many secrets. His sexuality is only the top of the list. Even his best friend Dan doesn't know Rich is gay. For good reason. His feelings for Dan are more than friendship. When Dan's injured, the thought of losing him forces Rich to admit his years-long lust has turned to love. An accident turns State Trooper Dan Fletcher's life, and his car, upside down. With his right hand out of commission, he has to rely on his best friend for his basic—sometimes intimate—needs. After spending most of his life looking for the right woman, he begins to wonder if he's been looking at the wrong gender—an impossible concept in their small-minded world.

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  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (November 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W83E24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Helping Hand-A Joyfully Recommended Title!! January 8, 2010
By MNix
Format:Kindle Edition
After an accident leaves him dependent upon his best friend to take care of him, State Trooper Dan Fletchers starts to see his friend Deputy Sheriff Rich Taylor in a different way. When his dependence upon Rich thrusts them into intimate situations, Dan is amazed and afraid by what he's feeling for his best friend, and he especially afraid of what his feelings toward Rich implies.

Rich doesn't share his sexuality with many people, not even his best friend of twelve years. Rich has always known his feelings toward Dan went beyond friendship, but he never let himself believe they were feelings of love, until now. Afraid of losing Dan, Rich tries to keep his feelings inside, but almost losing Dan in a car accident has Rich rethinking that decision.

A Helping Hand is another terrific story from Shayla Kersten. Dan and Rich's fears and concerns toward the new territory they were entering were so real and very understandable, especially Dan's. Dan has a reputation for dating a lot of women and breaking a few hearts, but he was not a womanizer or trying to be a heartbreaker. Dan was trying to find that special love and to his shock it wasn't with a woman but with Rich. I hated how Dan treated Rich but I understood it, he wasn't trying to hurt his best friend, he was just afraid. Dan never considered himself to be gay. To add to Dan and Rich's already fragile relationship, Ms. Kersten threw in the monkey wrench of a crazy ex-girlfriend and Jeremy, a character I loved and adored even more than Dan and Rich. I enjoyed A Helping Hand immensely and I'm praying to the muse of Ms. Kersten that creativity will strike again and Jeremy will be in the center of it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Helping Hand February 21, 2010
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This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it, sort of. It had some ok heat to it, which is always good, and some plot to go with it. I didn't love the characters though.

I had mixed feelings on both Rich and Dan. I felt Rich expected Dan to come around to being accepting and out pretty quickly for a guy who'd been straight all his life. I wasn't all that jazzed about Rich getting frustrated and running off to Jeremy instead of fighting it out either. Jeremy was a good supporting character. I just plain felt sorry for him, but at least he took a risk and tried. I didn't love Dan either. All his worrying about what everyone would think got a little tedious for me. I understand confused straight guy and all, but I would have liked to see him worry a little less about what everyone might think, confused or not. His attitude over Sharon just irritated me. He was supposed to despise her, but still thinks about them in bed, and seemed unable to really stand up to her. She was so infuriating I wanted to kill her myself! The biggest problem that I had was that after all the angst, the ending seemed unfinished. It needed something more to tie up all Dan's worry over how the town may feel about he and Rich being gay.

All and all it was an ok book. I'll probably give another one of Shayla Kersten's book a try. Maybe Jeremy will get a HEA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Helping Hand by Shayla Kersten December 23, 2009
By Elisa
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Rich and Dan are best friends in a small town USA. Both police officer, the most dangerous thing they face is a speed ticket. Dan is the womanizer of the town, but he is not despised by women: he is very clear with all the women he dates, he is searching for Miss Right, the one to share his life, and he is bent upon to "test" all the women available. Rich instead is the eternal friend, both for women than men: he is always there, always available to give an hand... Rich is gay, but he decided long time ago to not coming out in the small town he lives to avoid trouble; his boss knows that, and he has no problem with it, but no one else. Rich thinks that no one else in the town could be a possible partner for him, so why complicate his life? When he has "some" urges, he has a buddy f..k friend in the nearer city, and he takes a weekend off. Neither Dan knows about him, above all since Rich has feelings for Dan, feelings that he has no intention to reveal since there is no chance that Dan returns them.

But when Dan is injured in a car accident and he needs help at home, Rich offers to stay with him in the same house and the proximity unveil some of his feelings. Probably the realization that he could loose his friend, unlocks something in Rich, and he finds out that also Dan is not at all stranger to the idea. But for Dan is the first gay experience and he has never had before thoughts about men; the only man he desires is Rich, but he is not still ready to come out. I understand Dan: he all of sudden faces a very important decision and he is not given the time to metabolize the news; he is asked to choose and he is put in front of an hard choice, stay with Rich or see him go to his buddy friend Jeremy, and loose him forever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great friends-to-lovers story May 5, 2013
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This is a great story of friends to lovers. Rich is gay but his best friend does not know. Dan has been searching for 'the one' for years without luck. Both work in law enforcement. When Dan has an accident, Rich realises he could have lost him and realises his true feelings. Rich helps Dan while he recovers from his accident and this close contact leads to Dan feeling things for Rich that leave him very confused.

Jeremy, Rich's 'friends with benefits', makes an appearance in this story and seems a great guy. I haven't read the blurb for the next book in the series but I hope it gives Jeremy his happy ending.
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More About the Author

By day, multi-published Shayla Kersten is a mild-mannered accountant. By night, she's a writer of sexy romances. Torn between genres, Shayla writes erotic stories about hot heroes and their sexy women, as well as hot men and their passionate heroes.

A native of Arkansas, Shayla spent four years in the Army as a missile specialist, stationed in Germany and Oklahoma. After her enlistment was up, she spent eleven years in New York City taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Even her love of theatre and the nightlife of the big city couldn't cure terminal homesickness for the Natural State. In 1995, she returned to her roots in Arkansas.

Shayla divides her time between her mother, her spoiled rotten cats and dogs, her evil day job and her obsession--writing.

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