Title: A Country Boy at Heart (States of Love)
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, second chance love, country boy, city boy
Page Count: 137 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Hot damn, what more could a country boy want? Bass Pro Shop is finally opening in Tennessee. Nick plans to check out all twelve indoor acres chock-full of hunting, fishing, and boating in the Memphis Pyramid on the Mississippi River.
City boy Sandy wonders yet again how he let himself get talked into attending a grand opening for a hick hunting store. His geeky heart prefers the energy of the city. Little does he know all that is going to change due to a freakishly tall glass elevator—and Nick, the high-school crush who’s suddenly taking a second look at him.
A moment of panic while trapped in the elevator leads to a spark neither expected. Getting out is the least of the challenges they’ll face if they want to try to put their differences aside and find out if love is possible between a city boy and a country boy.
There are regrets we all have that we wish we could change, make them up to whomever we may have hurt, or even apologize for. We do not always get that opportunity. But if we did get it, what would we do with that opportunity? Would we try and make things right? Would we apologize and just walk away? Or would we do the thing we wish we had done the first time around and go for what we really wanted and hope they turn out good this time around?
Well that is what this book is about. Nick knew in school that he was attracted to guys but he was too scared to admit it to himself, much less anyone else. By that did not stop him from lusting after the slightly geeky guy that got picked on, Sandy. Nick made it really clear to all of his buddies on the football team that Sandy was not to be messed with and neither was his friends. That was well and good till close to the end of the senior year when someone decided to go against what Nick had warned them all about and Nick was there to stop it and put him self in the process.
That night was a pure mess cause notnonly did he out himself but he was so angry about doing so that he somewhat took it out on Sandy and that was the last time Sandy ever talked to him again.
Five years master and Nick still thinks about Sandy and he knows Sandy was the one who got away. By chance the two run into each other at the opening day of the bass pro shop and Nick knows this is probably his only chance to set things right. He knows that this will probably be the only opportunity he will get to not only apologize to Sandy for that night and to try and explain why he acted the way he did but this would probably be the only opportunity he got to try and see if there was still an attraction between the two of them.
Sandy is very skeptical and Nick can understand why but Nick will not give up on Sandy and he means to show Sandy that he may be a city boy now, but that Sandy is truly still a country boy at heart. And that his heart belongs to Nick as well as Nick’s heart belongs to Sandy.
This is such a great book about second chances, making amends, and finding a future together even if both men are opposites. I truly enjoyed taking this journey with Nick and Sandy and seeing their relationship blossoming into an amazing, loving relationship. I even enjoyed Lonnie. Lonnie is Sandy’s roommate and what little he was in the book, he intrigued me. Especially with his secret meeting and skype sessions. I am still left wondering if him and Houston (Nick’s best friend) may have something that was not talked about in this book. Hopefully there will be another book with Lonnie in it and the questions will be answered. As far as Nick and Sandy are concerned, I loved heir characters and would not mind reading more about them in the future also.
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