Crossroads by Riley Hart ~ Book Review by Caroline

25963015Title: Crossroads

Author: Riley Hart

Publisher: Riley Hart

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/28/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…

Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that’s determined to trip them up at every turn.

My View:

If I had to use one word to describe Crossroads it would have to be ‘Real’.

The story felt real. The characters and the situations felt real. The ending felt real.

Nick Fuller has only ever had one relationship. He met his wife at seventeen and for him, a man that believes in love, that was it. He worked long hours to achieve the career he wanted and he thought his happily ever after was a given. When he came home one day to his wife leaving as she handed him the divorce papers he was left adrift. Where relationships, pickups and casual sex are concerned Nick has no idea and no skill, he is almost childlike as he tries to get back out there. He is sweet, he is dorky and he is absolutely certain about what he wants and that means no quick pickups with sex in his car. He needs a connection to someone before he can become intimate with them.

Bryce Tanner is a good time guy. Often mistaken for not taking life seriously it just takes him a while to decide what he wants. He reminded me of a butterfly – flitting around from one situation to another until he found the one that fit. He’s the anomaly in the family as he isn’t married, settling down and thinking of children. He is also great fun, doesn’t take himself too seriously and is well on the mend from a life threatening illness.

Bryce and Tanner are new neighbours, new friends and then out of the blue and possibly the last two people to know, they are lovers after THAT kiss.

And so we come back to feeling real…..the risk, the kiss, the punch and the subsequent baring of souls….it all felt real. I loved the way that Bryce and Tanner approached this whole new ‘thing’. Neither man has a clue but that really didn’t matter because they had built such a strong friendship that it just became a natural progression. Not to say it was easy! Their families were a nightmare but each had their own reasons for that. The size issue had me in fits when they met Rod – Bryce’s humour and Nick’s ‘omg ground eat me now’ was exactly why they worked for me. They balanced each other and talked about their fears, it was honest and I’ll say it again…it was real.

This is a great feel good read and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

Links

Crossroads on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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