Author: Riley Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/05/2017
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Austin Thompson spends most of his spare time reading or logging in extra hours at the LGBTQ youth center where he works. His only standing “night out,” if you can call it that, is his weekly movie night with his best friend, Dare Nichols. Between work and Dare, it’s hard to find time for much else, so when he does actually try to date, it ends in disaster.
Dare thrives on living life on the wild side—surfing, mountain biking, sky diving. If it’s extreme, he’s game. Between sports and spending his evenings at his West Hollywood bar, Dare never sees a dull moment. Still, with all that excitement, most of his favorite times are when he’s tucked away in Austin’s apartment. Probably because he’s the only best friend Dare’s ever had.
Then the kiss happens and the men realize they don’t want to stop there. As they explore this new adventure in their relationship, Austin realizes the excitement he’s been looking for has been right there all along, and and Dare has to decide if he can conquer his only fear by risking his heart.
Previously published in the anthology, IT WAS ALWAYS YOU.
Also a prequel of sorts to the Wild Side series.
I seem to be having a run on friends to lovers and as I have mentioned before I really like the intimacy these stories bring. This is also an opposites attract story as Dare and Austin are nothing alike yet they complement each other perfectly.
Dare and Austin are neighbours and best friends. Dare lives life on the edge always looking for the next thrill or the most convenient blow job – he’s a certified no commitment kind of guy yet the most fulfilling times of his life are spent with his best friend watching films in Austin’s apartment.
Austin craves a relationship but between the hours he works at an LGBT shelter, his love of books and his weekly ‘date nights’ with Dare it never seems to work out quite as planned. Both Dare and Austin receive a fierce wakeup call when they end up kissing.
Sometimes the very thing you didn’t know you were looking for is right under your nose – you just have to be brave enough to grab hold and hang on for the ride.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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