Author: Nicole Dennis
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Michele Cary
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Growing up in small town Montana, two cowboys defy the odds to find music and love.
Sage Wallstatt loves music, horses, and his family. He dreams of playing the guitar with a country-rock band. Meeting his best friend at age seven, they became inseparable. Sage’s feelings change when he never looks at girls, only Kaden. One magical night alters their paths. Two years later, as Sage scrambles to pull his life together, he has to decide to follow his dreams or stay on the ranch. Should he defy all to walk hand-in-hand with his chosen partner?
Kaden Carmody grew up with the best and the worst until he meets his best friend, Sage on a school playground. He finds solace with Sage and their cave hideout. One night changes everything until reality yanks them apart. Breaking free, Kaden returns to figure out the truth of his feelings for Sage, defy his father, and understand the gay man hiding inside.
Walk Me Down the Middle by Nicole Dennis combines elements of the friends to lovers and second chance romance tropes for a charming story of first love and first heartbreak. Sage and Kaden have one perfect night together, but when Sage wakes up to cold sheets and a “Dear John” note from his best friend turned lover, his heart shatters into a thousand pieces, only to be put back together harder and more impenetrable. Fast forward two years, and we find out just why Kaden left the way he did as well as how he plans to make it right.
There is a lot of meat to the backstory if this tale that is glossed over. That is likely due to word count restraint, but it made me feel as if I was watching this beautiful and potentially heart-wrenching love story through a foggy or cracked lens. You know all the pieces are there, but you have to fill in so much yourself that it takes away from your overall enjoyment of the story.
All that said; I liked Sage and even Kaden, after a fashion. They are young boys that both had to grow up too fast. As such, even though they are barely out of high school, you want to believe in their happily ever after. You want them to make it. You appreciate the townsfolk that want to rally around them. You despise the family that has forced this growth upon Kaden.
Yes, the ending is a bit too perfect, but sometimes that is what you want to read. You want to see those that have to struggle the most finally have something good in their lives. That is the story Dennis tells in Walk Me Down the Middle
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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