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- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: Riley Hart (July 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012BTIZPY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Crossroads (Crossroads Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Thirty year old Nicks marriage broke down because his wife cheated on him, but like all relationship failures there are deeper issues involved. The main factors that lead to his divorce centre mainly around his well meaning, but overly judgemental, slightly possessive mother, who could never accept that Jillian was ever good enough for her son, (a vice versa situation with his in laws), and also his ex's belief that she’d been neglected in favour of his career as a chef and time spent building up his new restaurant.
Having only ever been with Jill, Nick is still smarting from the split; not because he feels like he’s lost the love of his life, but because the nature of her betrayal, after being a couple since they were both seventeen, hurts. He's a kind, thoughtful more introspective character and the thought of playing the field and just jumping into meaningless sex doesn't interest him at all. When he finds love again, he wants it to really mean something. He wants a forever love ...never once thinking that when he does find it, it’ll be with another man!
In the more outgoing, effervescent, Bryce's case, his dilemma lies in the fact that his mother still thinks he's romantically involved with his best buddy since childhood…the extremely likable, fun loving Christi…when in fact their short spell as a 'couple' has been over for at least two months. Still BFF's in the true sense, they've realised that although they love each other; they're not in love; making much better friends than lovers.
But the fear of upsetting his mum, who has set her heart on this hopefully being the one relationship out of all her three sons, to provide her with the grand babies she's been longing for, has decided that lying by omission is his best bet until he can finally pluck up courage to confess. Then his new neighbour moves in and a close friendship forms that overtime, as their friendship deepens into something neither of them sees coming, has Bryce not only assessing his sexual inclinations, but also the part of his character that even now in his his early thirties, has never really managed to settle to anything permanently...so is this unpredicted change of circumstances finally what he's been looking for...or is it just another phase he'll end up rejecting?
Is it a situation that could happen in real life between a couple of dyed in the wool, hetero guys? I don't know, but I'd like to think it can if people are not closed off to the fact that sometimes when love hits you out of the blue, it doesn’t always follow the so called ‘rules’. But this is pure fiction so I'm happy to embrace the concept that two straight guys could meet and fall in love despite their preconceived roles in the general scheme of things.
Riley Hart has written a lovely, heart felt—but surprisingly not too angst ridden—'gay for each other' style story, between two great characters, who discover love out of the sort of soul bond connection that doesn't always come around that often in life. A rare affinity that for most people when they find it, usually results in a close, lasting friendship that endures for life. But for Nick and Bryce that initial platonic chemistry morphs into something much deeper and totally unanticipated.
In Riley’s hands it's a feasible, well thought out friends to lovers story that worked for me, because it didn’t rush into the realms of insta attraction or insta love the moment the MC's first met, paced well, they become pals first, spend time together doing the sort of things people do when they click as buddies, and only after enjoying each other's company over a decent length of time, start to recognise that more than just friendship is developing between them as their feelings slowly but surely intensify .
Of course there are emotional roadblocks to surmount as their relevant family problems impact on them in ways that has them both engaging in a touch of soul searching, but there's also camaraderie, fun and delicious sexy times when they discover the joys of gay sex.
The sex scenes are steamy and, as you can probably imagine, pretty darn hot but at the same time they also felt realistically portrayed, as neither of them have ever dabbled in those waters before. It's a matter of Google is your friend and practice makes perfect before they're fully confident in the bedroom, as in that side of the relationship there are still conflicts to overcome…but they get there and its certainly no hardship watching them try to get it right! Lol…
Once again Riley Hart left me satisfied and smiling as she worked her magic and created a truly enjoyable, feel good love story with a touch of drama that delivered on all levels. A vibrant cast of supporting characters, help make this the enjoyable read it is and I loved it! Add this to your collection ASAP!
This story has an interesting twist. Two straight men falling for each other. Yes, it sounds kind of weird but if deep down you believe that one can find his soulmate whether gay or straight, you will love this book. I did.
The slow realization that Bryce and Nick could fall for each other was believable. It did not happen overnight. Their discovery of gay sex had me cracking up. It brought back memories of my own when I had my first gay sexual experiences. The scene in the sex shop over dildos was precious!
Like any coming out story, this one was was no different. The angst of whom to tell and the worrying of family and friends reaction was true to reality.
I can't recommend this book enough. Riley Hart has done it again.