- File Size: 4283 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 197385158X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (August 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0749QNQ4Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A kind man opening a shelter for gay homeless youth. A man wanting to honor his grandparents. *sigh* That's a man after my own heart. I had to read his story and was prepared to love him and his story of finding love with his handyman.
However, sadly, between illogical plot devices and some errors that editing staff should have caught before publication that I just couldn't get past those enough to really enjoy the story. I won't spoil by saying too much instead I will just post a couple of the lesser things that I made note of and leave the rest unspoiled.
Example: There is mention that Jacob has prescription anti-anxiety medication and we witness a 'panic attack' however his actions are not the actions of someone with anxiety... they just aren't pure and simple. It's my humble opinion that had this been handled realistically it would have given more depth to both the story and the character.
Example: "Peter shuffled off to his assignment before turning toward the entryway"....
That sentence is not correct. Jacob is the person who turned toward the entryway, but that's not what this sentence tells the reader.
Another note that I made is that when people are thinking about something it isn't eluded to in their own heads. It isn't kept secret in their thoughts. If an author tells us thoughts then they should not plan on keeping a secret. SMH... he'd be thinking that grandpa wouldn't have done ________. NOT "wouldn't have done what he'd been accused of".
That just really aggravated me along with a lot of telling and not enough showing as well as grammatical errors, missing words, wrong words and wrong tenses.
I wish that I could rate this better however it was only an okay read for me so I had to give it the two star rating. Truthfully, with a decent editor and decent proofreader I think that this could have been a much better book.
I received a copy of this book through the M/M Romance groups BDML program for the opportunity to read and review it. This is my fair and honest review.
Jacob was thrown out the day his father discovered he was gay which left him with only his grandparents to care about him. With his grandfather's passing he can think of no other way to honor him then by starting a home to help other teens dealing with issues of homosexuality and abandonment. Unfortunately Jacob's got the town's preacher and the city's housing council breathing down his neck and putting his dream in jeopardy. Add in being blackmailed over his grandfather's legacy and Jacob's in need of help. Luckily he gets introduced to Luka who seems to be the answer to his prayers...in more ways than one. It's love at first sight in a relationship full of teasing moments and scorching encounters that has both of them leaning on the other in moments of great need. And when everything comes to a head their connection is the only thing that will help them reach their HEA. Jacob has a kind heart, is a bit shy, but very likable. He's devoted to the teens in his charge and their pains clearly become his as he frets over everything having to do with the shelter. He's drawn to Luka immediately but worries keep them moving slowly throughout their evolving relationship which sometimes frustrated me. Another issue that frustrated me was his handling of the blackmailer. He easily fell into the trap, despite all the silly evidence sent to him, and I cringed when the story dealt with it. Ultimately though, and despite these few annoyances, I truly liked Jacob and was rooting for him every step of the way.
Luka's had an unconventional life moving from one place to the next as a member of a gypsy family doing whatever they could to survive. His father's plans for him, and a tragic event, had him running from home though and he's never looked back. Because of his past he was leery of making a connection again until the moment he meets Jacob. Their first moment together is full of sexual tension as well as a moment of solidarity against those in the town seeking to force them out of town. From there on it's Luka who's the more dominant in their relationship. He sets the pace, and it's a frustratingly slow pace early on, and takes charge in and out of the bedroom. There's an air of mystery about him with a past that's intriguing, as is his friendship with another former-gypsy Patrick. Like Jacob, he's unconditionally supportive and would do anything to see Jacob's dream come true which had me cheering for them from their very first meeting as they're a perfect match.
This was a quick read full of heart and soul as it presented readers with a charming romance while dealing with some very heavy issues. Those issues were depicted in a manner that sometimes went over the top though and diminished their overall impact. The blackmail of Jacob also felt a bit silly and became a distraction to the sweet and sensual romance growing between him and Luka and easily could've been omitted. Despite those small quibbles I still found this an engaging read and am hoping to see more of the men of Hope Shelter as well as the burgeoning romance between Patrick and Garrett just hinted at here.
The first few paragraphs felt uneven, Luka’s approach to Jacob very abrupt and the blackmail plot lacked logic on some levels. The steam level is low and I think the author tried too hard to force a sense of sexual tension with scenes of frustrated longing. The writing style wasn’t quite polished and dialogue didn’t always flow naturally. I also questioned details of setting up, running and funding a shelter, that didn’t feel entirely accurate. Answers about Luka’s past and the resolution of the blackmail were kind of easy and coincidental. However, I can best compare it to a Hallmark or Lifetime holiday movie, only not overly sweet and sappy. It’s a feel-good story, with a happy romance and the bad guys all get their comeuppance. Timing the resolution around Christmas makes it a good choice for those seasonal feels.
*An ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Hearts On Fire Book Reviews in return for an unbiased opinion*