Yellowbelly Hero (Heroes at Heart, Bk 1) by Susan Laine ~ Book Review by Queue

YellowbellyHeroLGTitle: Yellowbelly Hero (Heroes at Heart, Bk 1)

Author: Susan Laine

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/05/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult


Yancy Bell was bullied in high school for being a yellowbelly, not because of any cowardice, but because of his nervous bladder condition. It’s Yancy’s first year in college, and he’s hoping to make a fresh start.

Three days before Christmas, the campus is empty. Having to pee on a midwinter night leads Yancy to meet Curt Donovan huddled in a dark shower stall. Curt’s a troubled jock whose coming out went badly, so he plans to end it all.

But Yancy adamantly refuses to let Curt go through with his irrevocable plan. With just one dark night to talk Curt around, Yancy has to win the trust of a stranger who only sees one way out.

My View:

This was an interesting and cute short story of two college boys meeting.

It’s not often that one’s bladder changes your life, but that’s what happens when Yancy Bell’s nervous bladder leads him to the dorm bathroom late one night shortly before Christmas. He finds Curt Donovan hiding in a shower stall, obviously distressed. Despite Curt begging to be left alone Yancy doesn’t and, instead, forces him to talk.

Over the course of a few hours Yancy and Curt open up about their lives—the good and the bad. Curt is despondent over being disowned by his father for being gay, but Yancy gives him hope.

Yancy is a young man with a big heart and I liked him a great deal. Curt wasn’t as well developed but that’s due to the short time frame of the story. This isn’t about Curt and Yancy’s entire relationship, this is about them meeting and falling for each other. It’s the beginning of the relationship and nothing more.

This is the first in a series, but I’m not sure if future stories will feature these young men or different characters. The writing is strong in this story if not overwhelming, but I will be checking out future installments of Heroes at Heart.

One complaint I have is the way Yancy talked. He used the term ‘superduper’ twice and it just didn’t seem realistic. It may have been part of his personality but if that’s the case there wasn’t anything else that backed it up.



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