Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.
Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.
After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?
Rescued was a very solid, feel good romance. It had its ups and downs and many many emotions. It was a story of love, but it was more than just romantic love. It was also about the love of family. The reader got to see both sides of the coin with one family being loving and accepting, while the other was nothing but rejection and hate. There was equal focus on the development of the relationship between the two MCs as there was to the maintaining of familial relationships. I felt that this was a well rounded story that had many realistic qualities. It was an enjoyable read that I will revisit in the future when comfort is needed.
The one thing that kept this from being a 5 star review was the over the top sweetness that appeared during the second half of the story. Once the sources of angst were identified and the plot established, the story took on a “too perfect” quality. Things started to line up just right. Most everyone turned over a new leaf and became loving and accepting. The MCs fell fast and hard into forever love and were always touching and constantly telling each other how very in love they were, even to the extent of forgetting they were in public and in a group setting. They would just enter their own little space where there was only each other. While this is a great thing, it was a bit much. For me, it started to feel setup and forced.
However, as I said before, Rescued was a solid romantic read. It is a good book to have in your pocket when you just want to be sappy and feel good. I would count Felice Steven’s first work as a success and look forward to seeing more from this new to me author.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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