Connection (Evan and Jeremy #1) by Brigham Vaughn ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

ConnectionTitle: Connection (Evan and Jeremy #1)

Author: Brigham Vaughn

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

After a lifetime of being told he’s worthless, shy, sheltered Evan Harris is forced out of the closet and kicked out of his home. Friends in Atlanta give him a place to stay while he gets on his feet, but despite his eagerness to explore the city, it isn’t exactly what he expected.

Physically and emotionally scarred from a devastating car accident, Jeremy Lewis struggles to reconcile the brash, outgoing man he used to be with the social recluse he’s become.

Loneliness draws them to each other, but a strong mutual attraction isn’t enough to overcome their pasts. In order to be together, Evan must discover his own worth and Jeremy must trust someone to see past his scars.

My View:

Evan’s story is one I have waiting for since we first met the boy in Partners (Equals #2). If you haven’t read Vaughn’s Equal series – a beautiful May-December romance series – you need to. While you don’t strictly need to know all the goings on of Equals to enjoy Connection, I can’t recommend those books enough.

Evan is a young man living in a homophobic town with a homophobic family working for homophobic relatives. He is scared and alone. Sadly it is a refrain that repeated all too often both in fiction and reality. Our story starts with him getting fired from his job and kicked out of his family.

Jeremy we first learned of Jeremy in Equals. The first book in the series. He is the ex-boyfriend of Stephen, the December side of the May-December romance. He was hurt badly in an accident 15 years prior. In Connection, we get to see a few scenes from Husbands in a new light (from Jeremy’s perspective). There are also a few scenes that happen only in Husbands. So to completely understand his backstory and how he fits with Stephen and Russ, you will want to read Equals. However, again, enough backstory is given that you will mostly catch up.

Speaking of re-giving backstory; Vaughn manages to do so without boring those who have read the four equals stories. She expands the scenes and gives us a new perspective, as I said before. We gain new empathy for Jeremy that reads of Equals might not have had. He worms his way into your heart.

Both these men are broken. Both these men think the other deserves more. Neither man can, in the end, resist the other. Connection is just that. It is the moment of connection for Evan and Jeremy. It is about where they start. It isn’t necessarily about where they are going. You will need book two for that.

Both men’s horrors are behind them. This book is about moving forward. Overcoming those pasts and finding a new normal. Finding each other. Finding comfort.

I need book two, please.

Links

Connection (Even and Jeremy #1) on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the author 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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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