Wide Open Spaces (PIU’s Review)

Wide Open Spaces.Title: Wide Open Spaces (States of Love)
Author: Renee Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 31st Aug, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second-Chance Romance
Page Count: 98
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.

I was looking forward to reading this story after I came across the blurb. But the story was dragging and I got bored by the time the MCs get together. It’s a second-chance romance and I had high hopes. The writing was ok and the characters were more or less likable but I had a lot of huge hang ups which made the plot less than enjoyable.

Devon Rhodes ran to Washington six years ago trying to leave the small town life behind. While doing so he leaves behind his boyfriend, Levi. Devon has now come back to his home town for good and he is hopeful of rekindling his romance with Levi. Devon is still in the closet whereas Levi is out. His love for Levi has not diminished with the years they have spent apart and Levi feels the same. But Devon’s hiding can jeopardize the second chance he has to start something real with Levi. Levi is not ready to go back to the closet for anyone and Devon needs to man up and stand for what he truly wants.

I am not sure if I actually liked Devon. He is not out in the town and has a bunch of homophobic friends and I kept on thinking why would someone want to settle in a place where he is scared to reveal his true self and cannot love openly. His fears irritated me to no end. Devon came off as a real jerk for leaving Levi when he was emotionally weak and vulnerable because of his mom.

I liked Levi but I didn’t get his easy acceptance of Devon back in his life after the way he had abandoned him so many years back. There is no angst when Devon comes back to Levi. I wanted a little build up at least. The ending of the book was a HFN rather than a HEA. It was abrupt and I felt there should have been more after Devon comes out.

It was an ok read.

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