Title: Gathering Storm (Firsts and Forever #4)
Author: Alexa Land
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 6th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Pages: 328 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Working as a gay porn star has brought twenty-two-year-old Hunter Storm fame and fortune, but it’s cost him a lot, too. He’s learned to think of his body as little more than a commodity, and he copes with his loneliness by giving himself to whoever will have him. The job has also put him in the crosshairs of a stalker, a man so deeply disturbed that Hunter and everyone around him is in danger.
Fortunately, Hunter has allies, including his best friend Christopher and Nana, a feisty senior who’s decided he’s family. And then there’s Brian Nolan.
When Hunter first meets the angry, wheelchair-bound former Marine, it’s hate at first sight. But despite his shattered body and tattered psyche, Brian might turn out to be the best ally of all.
The story starts off strong with Hunter and Brian facing off and bantering back and forth. I liked both characters (which was really surprising considering what a mega asshole Brian was in In Pieces), and the hurt/comfort side was well handled in the beginning. As always, Land’s humor shone through, especially with characters like Nana who just steal page time. Finally, I liked the way the threads of Hunter’s Stalker and Christopher Robin’s still at-large assailant were woven together for the mystery plot.
However, miscommunication and some unnecessary drama later in the story spoiled things for me a bit and it lost quite a lot of its momentum toward the end. I also thought Land lost a really good opportunity for some much needed hurt/comfort in the end.
Thankfully, it picked back up for the ending and I got all the cheesy goodness I’ve come to rely upon and expect from Land’s writing in the HEA.
While it’s not my favorite in the Firsts and Forever series, fans of the series should still enjoy it.
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