Title: Clique (Heartsville)
Author: Jayden Brooks
Publisher: Piping Hot Books
Release Date: October 29th 2015
Page Count: 78
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.20 stars out of 5
Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish.
When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up and finds the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, his first meeting with Brandon ends with him being dismissed as a kid. Again. Adam can’t help his annoyance. He also can’t help staring (and drooling) whenever he spots Brandon walking through the neighborhood with a different dog.
He watches from afar, wondering about Brandon’s story—until the day he’s dared to take another chance. It’s just the push Adam needs, and finally, he catches Brandon’s interest. Now if only he could figure out the key to getting taciturn Brandon to open up and let Adam in. But Adam knows sometimes all it takes is a little patience for the last piece to click into place.
Last visit to the Heartsville gayborhood!
We met Adam in Bookmarked, as Mark’s best friend. He is a photographer, looks way younger than he is and has a new obsession: the guy who saved him from walking into traffic.
But Brandon. the gruff and closed off bearded hottie doesn’t seem to be all that interested. In fact, he keeps dismissing Adam like he is an underage kid. Until Adam decides to give Brandon a piece of his mind about his ways…
Admittedly, I had some problems with the story. The first POV and the humor didn’t work all that well for me. Sex scenes were interrupted twice and the falling out they had towards the end seemed weird. Also, Brandon’s mom pissed me off. She was downright offensive to Adam from the beginning and I never understood why.
But, I liked the enemies-to-lovers trope, although it didn’t last too long, there is chemistry between them and the steamy scenes are pretty hot. And DOGS, people! So many dogs!
Overall, it was a nice addition to the series.
All books of the Heartsville series work perfectly as standalones and you don’t need to read them in a specific order. Recommended for those who are need of a short, sweet, sexy and feel-good read.
Thank you, ladies. I had the best of times in the gayborhood.