Heat Wave: Newark by Drew Hunt ~ Book Review by Queue

Heat-WaveTitle: Heat Wave: Newark

Author: Drew Hunt

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/23/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Aaron Jones quits his job as an IT tech and decides to tour the east coast of the U.S. before flying home to Britain. But hitching rides isn’t easy, especially when there’s a heat wave going on. Standing on the side of the road, thumb extended and bottle of water empty, Aaron starts to despair.

Seeing a cute guy trying to hitch a ride, trucker Ben Knight picks him up before the cops do.

Aaron is relieved to be out of the heat, but gratitude almost instantly heats up into something more potent when he gets a look at his rescuer — a handsome, mature bear. Ben cannot believe anyone as incredible as Aaron could be interested in an overweight guy with too many miles on the clock.

What happens when they finally reach Newark and the heat between Ben and Aaron rivals that outside?

My View:

Heat Wave: Newark is a short story that didn’t necessarily impress me but I also didn’t dislike either. The author has talent but I don’t think he’s really pushed himself and shown what he’s capable of.

Aaron Jones is hitchhiking when he’s picked up by Ben Knight, a trucker. This trope is one of my favorite fantasies and one I’ve read many times with stories ranging from very good to very bad. This one falls in the middle, being mediocre at best.

What I liked best about the story was the fact that Ben wasn’t a muscled, male model, but instead resembled what many real life truckers look like. He was a large man with a broad chest and soft belly. Ben was a three-hundred-pound bear which happens to be just the type of man Aaron goes for. I love stories where the men are atypical of most m/m stories. There aren’t enough tales starring these larger, hairy, sexy as fuck type of men.

That leads into one complaint, but not one that affected my rating—the cover. I understand the reasoning behind using the same art for these loosely linked stories but showing two generic sexy men when one of the main characters is a bear is missing a chance to show readers you’re going for something different.

I liked how Aaron wasn’t ashamed of his attraction to the larger man and even stood up Ben so-called friends. The sex was well-written if not smoking hot. I bought the attraction between the men but not the insta-love that meant they had a decision to make when it was time for Aaron and Ben to go their separate ways. That being said I did enjoy the ending and it brought a smile to my face.

Links

Heat Wave: Newark on Goodreads
JMS Books
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.

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