Author: Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/06/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
It’s been two and a half years since aspiring writer Yancy Bell met troubled jock Curt Donovan. Yancy works at the NY Public Library, and Curt is studying dance at Juilliard. It’s summer in New York City, and the devoted couple couldn’t be happier together.
Yancy’s book is the story of Curt’s survival of depression and attempted suicide. When his former English professor, Hume, encourages him, Yancy is surprised and pleased—only to be devastated when Hume commits an unethical act. This adversity leads Yancy to a new understanding of depression as he spirals down to his lowest point ever.
It’s Curt’s turn to step up to the plate and become Yancy’s hero.
I’ve read all the books in Heroes at Heart series and enjoyed them to varying degrees. None of them have lived up to the first one but this chapter was better than the second.
It’s great to see Curt and Yancy again. They’ve matured a great deal and I’m glad they’re happy together. The sex scenes were enjoyable as always though at times the dialogue was a bit over the top.
In the past it’s Curt’s depression that was the focal point but this time it’s Yancy’s. I liked the idea of changing things up but I’m not sure I bought it. Yancy’s life is turned upside down when a professor steals Yancy’s book and uses it as his own.
I had a couple niggles with this plot. The first is how blatant the professor is with the theft. I didn’t buy that he’d done this before and never been exposed. He was a bit too much of the mustache twirling villain stereotype.
My other issue is Yancy’s depression. I can see him getting angry about the theft but his trip into depression didn’t ring true to me and I’m someone who suffers from clinical depression.
I did like how Curt comes to Yancy’s rescue and saves the day.
If you’ve read the other books in the series you should check this one out.
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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