Author: Aidan Wayne
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/12/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
John loves his job as head rigger for Cirque Brilliance. The heavy scarring over half his face makes it a little hard to meet new people, but John’s got a good crew and a nice found family, and he’s content with his lot in life.
When Cirque hires talent for a new show, John meets Bao, a bright, ever-cheerful acrobat. Bao seems drawn to John and becomes a constant presence at his side—talking to him during downtime, spending time with him at lunch, and generally seeking out his company.
John doesn’t know what to make of this. Sure, he likes Bao—maybe a little too much, honestly—but he’s had enough experience to know that Bao couldn’t possibly like him back. Or so he thinks, anyway. Fortunately, Bao seems determined to prove him wrong.
Counterbalance was a decently written novella but it didn’t wow me. However, the author is new and definitely shows talent.
John and Bao are employees at a dance group and there’s an instant attraction the moment they meet. Both men were interesting characters but they weren’t fully fleshed out mainly because of the story length. It was cute that John was pretty clueless regarding Bao’s feelings and that Bao was one determined guy.
There’s a lot of flirtation and not much steam, but the sweetness of the story worked. The plot could’ve been stronger with more back story on them both.
There just wasn’t enough meat to the story for me to really love it.
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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