Hard Climb (SwimBikeRun #2) by Kate Pavelle ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

hardclimbTitle: Hard Climb (SwimBikeRun #2)

Author: Kate Pavelle

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/09/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


“When it feels like it’s us against the world, let’s not forget the friends that have our backs.”

Jesse and Sebastian are together now – or are they? Sebastian wages a murky corporate battle on his own. When his distance and stress turns Jesse into a mess, Jesse’s boss Tyler remembers what his own break-up with Sebastian felt like. He pulls a few strings to help Jesse, he hits Sebastian with a clue-bat. His intervention works wonders, but the sense of harmony is just a calm before the storm.

Sebastian’s plan to ease into living with Jesse openly dies as he’s outed and black-mailed. The ground under his feet crumbles. From a business suit to cheap construction boots, his life of privilege in a conservative family business falls apart and only Jesse and the constancy of triathlon training keeps him sane. Sebastian’s goals are clear: They won’t be homeless. They’ll make ends meet. For Jesse, he’ll do anything.

My View:

OK so I lied in my last review. I said I would wait to read this book until after the entire series was released. Well, there was just something so compelling about these men that when book 2 crossed our review list, I had to break my promise. That says something good for this series that I felt the need to go against the norm and read this one now.

Hard Climb picked up immediately after the cliffhanger like ending of book one. It advanced Sebastian and Jesse’s story but this time the focus was more on Sebastian’s life and getting to know him rather than on Jesse like in book one.

Sebastian became more real for me in this book. I ran the gamut of emotions as far as he was concerned. I admit, I hated him for a good portion of this book and really didn’t see where the author was taking things. But once his history and his familial obligations became clear, I softened towards him a bit, even if I still wasn’t sure he was the right man for Jesse. However, once the plot start moving forward and the shit hit the fan, he redeemed himself and it was a joy to watch him and Jesse grow into a couple.

And I really liked that fact that their journey was not perfect. Both men messed up, both men continued to mess up, and both me will mess up again in the future. But through it all, Jesse and Sebastian were real people and their growing love was so evident.

I also have to admit that after the slow steady friends to potential lovers of book one, I was not expecting the path this book took. I was confused for a while as to what was going on and why it had to happen as it did. This book took on a lot. There was personal growth for both men and emotional growth for them as a couple. There was work issues for both men and Sebastian’s struggles to find his way in life. Jesse’s fears took center stage again as Sebastian continually left him out of important decisions. There was family concerns and homophobia run amuk. This story was much more involved and at some points it felt as if there was too much happening for any of it to be done well.

But in the end, the author wrapped it all up well and left the story in a good place to begin the next book. I am so invested in these men and their future. I need the next book so that I can see them continue to grow into their best selves and into the powerful couple I know they are meant to be.


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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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