Author: April Kelley
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
When Love comes suddenly, sometimes you just have to go with it.
Xander Newell isn’t the one nightstand type of guy. He wants a commitment with someone who is willing to put up with his crazy family and being away on the job sometimes. Finding someone who is willing to put up his brothers, who he lives and works with on a daily basis is hard to find. Still Xander’s not willing to compromise.
Xander gets called off bodyguard duty to investigate this religious cult that may be tied to some kidnappings of young men. He finds Aaron Keller, one of the missing young men. What he doesn’t expect is the instant attraction and longing for the man. Xander just wants to keep Aaron safe, even if that means backing off.
A few weeks ago I started reading this book, but it didn’t catch my attention right away so I read something else. I don’t usually give books a second chance when I do that, but I did and I am very pleased I did.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable and delightful tale. There are times it strained credibility but my Suspension of Disbelief wasn’t pushed too far and the love story between Xander and Aaron was rather sweet.
I’m a sucker for Hurt/Comfort stories. There’s just something endearing about a big, tough man softening and caring for a guy in need. Xander is a scary looking bodyguard but his heart melts when he finds Aaron, injured and in desperate need of care.
This is an insta-love story, but that much is obvious by the title. Xander and Aaron did fall in love fast, but their emotions were shown and the reader can see why they fell for each other.
The relationship between the two men could’ve been misconstrued as creepy, but I didn’t see it that way. Yes, Aaron is a barely legal young man who has been abused and is severely emaciated. Being drawn to his rescuer, even attracted to him, was understandable. Was Xander wrong to act on Aaron’s feelings? I don’t think so.
The attraction between the two men was mutual, but they acted on it differently. Aaron went all out to seduce Xander, but Xander fought against it, afraid he would be taking advantage of the young man. However, once he accepted that he wanted to be with Aaron and that it would happen, regardless, he allowed it to happen.
Aaron and Xander’s sex scenes were way hot. The author definitely knows how to craft a sex scene. They were tender and romantic while also being passionate and scorching at the same time. The scene on the beach with Xander’s brother calling them was sexy and hilarious.
This is the first book in a series and characters for the other books were introduced as well. I loved Xander’s brothers as well as their friends. Tripp stood out and I really hope he gets his own story. I liked the fact that the other characters didn’t overpower the plot, but added to Xander and Aaron’s love story.
Though Xander and Aaron’s story may be over, there is the overall plot of religious cults kidnapping and abusing young gay men. I can’t wait to read the next chapter in this intriguing tale.
Like other books by the publisher, there are several editing errors that should’ve been caught in the publishing process. For that I removed a quarter star.
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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