Title: Stay (Blackcreek #2)
Author: Riley Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary, Gay For You, Firefighters
Page Count: 361
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Wes Jensen just lost the sister who raised him, and gained custody of his niece. The last thing he needs to add to his full plate is dealing with Braden Roth, the one-night-stand who continues to try to push his way into Wes’ life. He has a kid to raise now, and Wes isn’t great at getting close anyway.
Braden has never had a woman or a man sneak out on him the morning after. From the start, Wes intrigues him, and Braden isn’t one to deny himself something he wants. And he wants Wes. The more time he spends with Wes and the little girl who constantly keeps them on their toes, the more Braden realizes this isn’t just about getting the guy who walked away.
As their lives intertwine more and more, Wes discovers Braden isn’t as shallow as he thought. But after everything Wes lost in his life, he isn’t sure he can risk his heart, and truly want Braden to stay—and if he did, would Wes’ quiet life be enough for Braden?
Review written by Gigi and posted to GoodReads on April 26, 2014.
Re-read August, 2015 M/M romance perfection. I give it 6 stars after this re-read. A perfect, feel-good comfort read.
This book has the distinct honor of encouraging me to finally cull my fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf of the books that don’t quite make the grade as the best of the best. I knocked 10 books off the shelf to make room for books like this one that ROCK MY WORLD and fill my brain with sunshine. I still love those 10 books and they still rate 5 stars and are on my favorites shelf, but I need to remember why I have the fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf in the first place.
After reading this incredibly emotional tale of lonely, emotionally closed off, new guardian to his young niece Wes Jensen and hunky, quick to laugh, carefree firefighter Braden Roth, I could not get their story out of my head. I re-read the entire book the next day. On the 2 hour car ride to my in-laws house for Easter brunch, I re-told the story from memory to my husband and he enjoyed it too. I kept going over the story in my mind, wishing I had my old bookclub group to meet with at Dunn Brothers to hash it out with. When, exactly did Wes redeem himself? Will he ever be good enough for Braden? Why did Braden try so damn hard with Wes? Was it Wes or the challenge that Wes represented? Would any of this have even happened if it weren’t for Jesse? I could go on and on.
I found this story to be beautiful and incredibly romantic and I absolutely fell in deep, unashamed love with Braden. The scene with Wes on the porch watching for headlights while talking on the phone with Braden still gives me goose bumps and made me absolutely weep. The emotions this book brought out in me were numerous and quite unexpected. Gay men with children usually make me a little crazy, and this was no exception.
So, I now have plenty of room on that fuck yeah shelf and Stay is going right up there. I fucking LOVED this book and want to shout my positive recommendation from the rooftop’s to all M/M romance readers. READ THIS BOOK!