Gage & Collin (Storming Love: One Storm, Twelve Men Book 1) by S.J. Frost ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

The Storming Love series is a group of novellas set during/after Hurricane Lauris. The collection of authors is amazing and I am honored to be able to review each tale.

Gage & Collin Title: Gage & Collin (Storming Love: One Storm, Twelve Men Book 1)

Author: S.J. Frost

Publisher: MLR Press

Cover Artist: Kris Jacen

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

When Hurricane Lauris strikes, former lovers, Gage and Collin find themselves trapped together with old emotions and passion rising between them.

As a professional rider on the NRHA circuit, Gage Chapman has known success. He’s also known discrimination. Many people didn’t want an openly gay rider competing in the sport, much less winning again and again on his champion Paint stallion, The Shaman. Wanting to get away from it all, Gage had left Utah to set up a breeding farm in North Carolina and there, he found what he’d always hoped for, a man he could love.

Collin Maddox is the town deputy with his sights set on becoming sheriff someday. He knows local attitudes wouldn’t be real pro on voting a gay sheriff into office, so he’s kept his sexuality a secret for years. For all the care he has for Gage, his secret tore them apart, leaving them both with regrets and broken hearts.

Now Hurricane Lauris is coming in fast and strong. Gage has refused to evacuate and leave his horses behind. Knowing Gage is alone, Collin goes to Gage’s farm to help him, only to find himself trapped there. Hurt, anger, and passion erupts between them. As the storm rages around them, both men wonder if this is a new beginning, or the final ending.

PizzyGirl’s View:

Gage & Collin’s story is the start of this series and occurs during the storm itself. It is all about communication. During the storm, these two men are thrown together and forced to confront their differences in opinion and relationship ideology(to come out or not to come out). Of course the two men work everything out and engage in some hot and sweaty sexy times.  Since the story is relatively short, there was not much time for great development, so the men must work through things quickly.

It is a cute tale but was rather anticlimactic and a bit too perfect. On the one hand, it is quite easy to see how things would happen so perfectly and quickly, I mean the men were together for a while and have had months to ponder what they want out of life. On the other hand, it was rather uneventful, predictable, and “meh” in the feels department. Maybe I am in a rut because I have been reading quite a few stories about a MC afraid to come out, but it needed something more.

I do want to point out that I loved Shaman and the concept of Medicine Hat Horses. It is a Native American legend and I had to do some research on this topic. I do love when I learn new and interesting things in a book!

Overall, I enjoyed this short novella. I would have liked something more, but it was still worth the read and I am looking forward to more from this series and this author.

Buy Links

MLR Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Kobo UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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