Author: Brynn Stein
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/04/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Eric Duncan rolls into a quaint Upstate New York town to sell medical supplies. He doesn’t intend to stay long, but an apparently homeless man whom he keeps running into catches his attention. While passersby ignore the man, Eric can’t leave the situation alone.
Dennis Hayden’s last memory is of hiking in the mountains. He doesn’t know how he ended up in town, nor how he keeps popping up in various places. He walks around aimlessly, trying to recall something as simple as his name. He’s not sure what to think of the stranger he sees repeatedly, and who keeps trying to talk to him.
While meeting a potential client at the hospital, Eric overhears a young lady looking for her brother who went missing several days ago, while hiking. Eric recognizes the picture of Dennis on the flyer and sets out to reunite him with his sister.
Lifeline was a pleasurable read with several excellent twists. Brynn Stein is bit of a hit or miss with me with a couple books I’ve loved and a couple I’ve disliked. This is one of her better ones for sure.
I don’t want to ruin the twists here but I don’t want to do a spoiler warning either so instead I’m going to rate it and recommend it without getting into the details of the plot.
Eric is a traveling salesman who deals with medical supplies and is used to going from town to town. In a small town he is at a diner when he runs into Dennis, a confused man who mysteriously disappears but seems to pop up wherever he goes. Dennis can’t tell Eric much about himself, but Eric can’t stop thinking about.
Eric learns who Dennis is when he meets Sarah, Dennis’s sister, who says Dennis has been missing for several days. That may seem like it would be the start of the story but it isn’t.
Eric and Dennis form a bond and are attracted to each other but there are several obstacles in their way. I can’t discuss those obstacles, however, without ruining the story.
Suffice it to say the hurdles aren’t small ones and it’s going to take a lot for these two men to get their act together so they can move forward as a couple.
Eric and Dennis were great characters and I loved them both. I cheered at the ending which hinted at a very interesting future for the two of them.
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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