A guest review by Lily
A nicely written story of two men meeting, falling in love and working towards a happy future.
Ben Jenkins is a down-to-earth cop leading a quiet life in a big, empty house. Visits to the gay bars scratch an itch, but they don’t really satisfy, and though he’s used to the quiet, he recognizes that the empty feeling plaguing him of late is loneliness.
It takes a police cruiser and a ten-speed to bring him together with Reece Withers, a bike messenger and photographer who’s still waiting for his big break to arrive. Ben’s pretty sure what he’s feeling is love, but they both have old hurts that need to heal before they can live and live well… together.
Ben is a policeman, thirty-four years old and single, who lives in the house he grew up in and although his parents are no longer living he does have close friends that are very important to him. He’s tired of the bar scene and easy hookups and would love to have a steady and committed relationship. Responding one day to a possible intruder call he meets a sweet old man named Roger and the man’s neighbor, Reece. Ben’s attracted to the cute man carrying a bicycle up the stairs but mixed signals and the presence of Roger get in the way of them really talking.
For his part Reece is attracted to the sexy cop but when he doesn’t get any response to his initial flirting he gives up. But each man can’t quite get the other off of his mind and as luck would have it they meet again. This time when Ben’s patrol car runs over Reece’s parked bicycle. Understandably this meeting is not too pleasant and once again ends awkwardly. But three times the charm for them when Ben replaces Reece’s bicycle and finally they get their signals right. From here on out the story is one long sweet love fest with just a couple of minor bumps on the road to true love.
As the weeks pass the men grow closer and closer and things are going great for them until one day Reece is hurt. Painful as it is for Reece this situation further solidifies their relationship as Ben plays nursemaid and is there for Reece as he struggles to overcome the incident. With Ben’s love and caring Reece heals quickly and soon all is well for them once again.
Towards the end of the story Reece shares with Ben the details of his past and the pain he’s carried with him for many years. Ben in turn explains to Reece how important it is for him to be able to care for and share his life with Reece. The result is a new and deeper understanding between Reece and Ben that leads to a sweet HEA for them.
What I liked…
The combination of a sweet storyline with protagonists that were interesting and fun to read about. Both Ben and Reece are nice, likable men and there is a good mixture of humor and hot sex in the story which made their developing relationship interesting. The supporting characters, friends, parents and coworkers, are all nice people as well.
What I didn’t like…
There really isn’t anything concrete that I didn’t like. If anything it may be that the story was just a bit too ‘nice’. Nice protags, nice friends and family, no heavy drama or angst filled plotline made this simply a nice story to read which at times felt almost bland. My biggest niggle was the title. For most of the book I was waiting for something big to happen. With the title of Witness I thought perhaps a murder or something similar which would go along with Ben’s job as a cop but nothing like that ever materialized and I was left wondering about the choice of the word witness for the title.
This is a romantic and uncomplicated story about two nice men meeting and falling in love. The writing is solid and I liked both Ben and Reece, they are well developed and believable characters and their relationship was very sweet and tender. The supporting characters also worked well within the simple storyline . There are no big issues to resolve, no exes or meddling friends/family members to contend with and no big misunderstandings to get in the way of their growing love. At times fun, sweet, emotional and sexy this is an easy read with a really nice happy ending.