Title: Shady Ridge and the Neon Sky (Second Edition)
Author: Chris Owen
Publisher: Pretty Muses Publishing
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Page Count: 125
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Hank is happy with his life in Shady Ridge, the small town he grew up in and now works as a police officer in. And if he has to go to the Neon Sky, a gay bar a couple hours away in the middle of nowhere once every six months or so to get his jollies, well it’s working for him.
At least it is until Charlie joins the force. A giant of a man, Charlie has left the big city after a nasty break-up and come to Shady Ridge for a little peace. Hank’s immediately attracted, and when he runs into Charlie at the Neon Sky, finding out they’re batting for the same team… well it just might turn Hank’s ordered world upside down.
This review is of my second read of Shady Ridge and the Neon Sky. I read this book for the first time back in 2010.
This is one of those lovely, slow to build, low angst, romantic stories that catches you a bit off guard in the end. Told from the POV of police officer Hank, he has decided his life is as good as it is going to get, a gay man in the closet and traveling out of town twice a year for a group hookup with casual friends. Along comes new officer Charlie who turns his life upside down. Watching these two fall in love was a delight.
Highly recommended for folks who love M/M romance on the light side without any angst and a nice, easy simmer into lust then love.