Author: S.C. Wynne
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: K.B. Smith
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/26/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Second Chances. Temptation. Hope.
Depressed and at a crossroads following the death of his boyfriend, Drew Lawson dropped out of the cutthroat corporate world and started his own dog walking business.
Pups and Leashes is off to a running start when Drew meets Kyle Bradley. Rich and successful, Kyle is everything Drew rejected after Steven’s death. But suddenly saddled with his five-year old nephew as well as a rambunctious new puppy, Kyle is floundering. And Drew can’t resist coming to the rescue.
Before long, friendship turns to passion, but Drew is still guilty over Steven’s death and afraid to embark on a relationship with someone who comes from the shallow world he rejected and left behind.
S.C. Wynne is a new auto-buy author for me. I’ve been blown away by many of her books and <em>Unleashing Love</em> was another great one. This book wasn’t as hard hitting or emotional as my favorite, <em>Believing Rory,</em> but it was a sweet romance with great characters.
The tale features dog walker Drew Lawson and wealthy Kyle Bradley; two men who would never have met unless fate hadn’t stepped in. Kyle wouldn’t normally have a dog but when his sister gets sick he first takes in her dog and then her nephew for a short time. He hires Drew, who is mourning the loss of his boyfriend, to walk the dog, Rascal. Their first meeting was wonderfully written with subtext. Kyle can see right away Drew is hiding from life and Drew is not impressed with Kyle’s attitude.
I loved how neither guy put up with each other’s bullshit. They seem to be opposites but have far more in common than it seems at first. Their commonalities show up slowly but their attraction is fast and furious.
One thing that might be an issue to some readers is that Kyle is in an open relationship with an actor named Pierce, and is in that relationship when he and Drew have sex for the first time. Some people might see that as cheating but I didn’t and it didn’t bother me at all. In fact, the open relationship aspect of the story made it stand out from other stories in the genre. Lots of gay couples, as well as straight ones, have such relationships. It added to the realism and made the conflicts interesting.
I’m normally not a fan of kids in my gay romance stories, but Wynne did a great job with Benjamin. He acted age appropriately without becoming too precocious or annoying and he didn’t overtake the story when he was present.
Kyle and Drew are a wonderfully fabulous couple. Wynne truly did a great job. Now I’m off to check out her backlist.
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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