Title: Back at the Altar
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Cole Altridge believes in happily-ever-after. Or at least he did until he is jilted at the altar by his cheating ex-fiancé, Hunter. Heartbroken, Cole tries to get over the pain by burying himself in work, but it doesn’t help.
When his best friend Brenda gets tired of watching him wallow in misery, she drags him out for a night of karaoke at a local bar. Enjoying himself for the first time in a long while, Cole comes to the rescue of Jeremy Sultan, a friend from his book club who is being harassed by a guy at the bar. A seriously hot kiss saves the day.
Cole and Jeremy find common ground and sparks fly as they flirt and dance to the pounding music. A week later, another date leads to a hot night of sex and fun. Cole finds himself falling fast and has to decide: will he let Jeremy be his one and only? Or allow Hunter the rat bastard ruin his love life forever?
Back at the Altar is a quick, fun story about Cole who was quite literally left at the altar by his cheating “rat bastard” fiance. Naturally heartbroken, Cole retreats to working all of the time and never goes out. After months of grieving his loss, a friend finally convinces him to go to a bar with her and he sees a friend from his book club, Jeremy, having a problem getting an unwelcome suitor to leave him alone. Cole kisses Jeremy and pretends to be his boyfriend, and they soon realize that they both are incredibly attracted to each other. They begin a sweet, sexy courtship, and Jeremy supports Cole’s singing. They fall in love, marry when Cole gets to make his much happier trip “back at the altar,” and live happily ever after.
J.D. Walker’s Back at the Alter is an uncomplicated, sexy little story that’s filled with hot sex scenes, sweet loving, and a nice happy ending. It’s the perfect story to read when spending an afternoon sitting on the beach, or while waiting to get your car serviced (this is when I read it!). The story flows along quickly, with interesting characters and snappy dialog. I also think that Walker did a good job creating chemistry between Cole and Jeremy, which is particularly pleasing for a relatively short story. There is one brief unexplained incident of gay bashing that seems a bit out of place in this otherwise happy escapism read. Also, I think the cover art is sexy in a “I may be a bad boy but come hither” sort of way, but I don’t like the cigar — neither Cole or Jeremy are noted as cigar smokers, and I personally find cigars to be a smelly turn off. Overall, Back at the Altar is a nice, simple read that is perfect for the next time you want a fast, sexy and happy romantic story.
I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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