Title: Yours All Along (Loving on the Edge #7.5)
Author: Roni Loren
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Page Count: 135
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.
But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.
Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…
Yours All Along is the first book I have read in the Loving on the Edge series by Roni Loren. Because of that, I feel I missed some of Hunter and Devon’s back story, but since most of this book is told in flashback, I feel reasonably sure I have a good grasp of the characters.
Devon, out-and-proud gay man and his best friend Hunter, kind of straight, roomed together in their frat house during their college years. The story starts 4 years later. Hunter is about to marry a woman he does not love and Deven owns and runs a successful restaurant in Dallas. At the coaxing of his fiancée, Hunter visits a luxury spa resort in Dallas to de-stress from the wedding planning tasks. Of course, he decides to look Devon up and visit his restaurant.
Hunter decides he needs a bit of liquid courage to face Devon again, so for the first time in 4 years, he gets drunk. 4 years ago he crashed his car while drunk and spent a considerable amount of time in the hospital and decided to stop drinking once he recovered. At the time, he completely cut Devon off as a friend because he fears his chances as a pro baseball player and son of a congressman will be affected by showing his true feelings for his best friend. When Hunter turns up at his restaurant, Devon is shocked. Hunter can’t drive back to the spa in his current condition and Devon insists on driving him. From there we go into flashbacks and their past relationship is revealed.
While I did enjoy this book, and the sex was delightful, I had some problems with just how quickly the boys made it to their HEA. I won’t spoil the time line or how the fiancée figured into everything, but it wasn’t as satisfying as the boys taking a bit of time to work out their past issues would have been. I’m still recommending this tale of friends to lovers, but take into account that it is book 7.5 of a long series and only a short 131 pages long.
I think I may go back and read a few of the other books in the series. I don’t read M/F very often, but I really enjoyed Roni Loren‘s style of writing and the books in the series all enjoy excellent 4+ star ratings.