Yours All Along (Loving on the Edge #7.5) by Roni Loren ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Yours-all-AlongTitle: Yours All Along (Loving on the Edge #7.5)

Author: Roni Loren

Publisher: Penguin

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/16/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

The new Loving on the Edge romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us turns on the heat between two men who wonder how much they’re willing to risk in the name of love.

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…

My View:

First of all, Yours All Along is part of an otherwise het romance series. It can, however, be read as a stand alone. The story of Hunter and Devon is complete within the pages of the book. There are some references to characters I assume are from other stories in the series, but I didn’t find them integral to the story being told. Also, here is some light BDSM – mostly in fantasy only.

At it’s heart Yours All Along is a second chance romance between two former college roommates. It is also a story of coming out and coming to grips with ones self and standing up for who you want to be. There isn’t a lot of sex in this story. There are some scenes in flashback that are pretty hot, but the author did a good job knowing her limitations in the male on male sex department.

Hunter is not my favorite main character in the world. He had some of those TSTL traits that many of the het romance novels I have encountered over the years have been afflicted with. However, he is well written otherwise and you can feel his struggle with himself and his family on every page.

This story is written mostly in flashbacks to the college years in order to establish the relationship between Hunter and Devon. I was actually a bit disappointed in how the story ended. At best I would call it a happy for now. At worst I would call the story incomplete. I understand that we see these characters again in book eight as the favorite gay uncles… but there is a huge time gap between the end of this story and the beginning of the next one. Frankly, I don’t have any desire to read the next on just to get the rest of their story.

I enjoyed the story for what it was. I tried not to discount it too much for what it wasn’t. I was a good introduction to this author, and if I read het romance, I might even pick up the rest of the series.

Links

Yours All Along (Loving on the Edge #7.5) on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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Brandilyn
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