Resuscitating Love (Ariel’s Review)

Title: Resuscitating Love
Author: Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 33
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

If Hill keeps putting cowboys ahead of his marriage, even being a cardiologist won’t help David fix their broken hearts.

Hillard ‘Hill’ Pearson, the new events director of the American Royal, has worked hard to get to where he is. This is his first year as director, and the huge responsibility of the more visible position has taken over his life. Yes, he could be considered a workaholic, but he’s put fifteen years into the event he’s loved since he was a kid, and now is his chance to shine.

When David Weinstein finally convinced his long-time partner, Hill, to marry him, he thought it would bring them closer together. Instead, they’re not even to their first anniversary and their relationship is suffering. David’s finally at a stage in his medical career where he has regular hours, but he can’t seem to connect with his husband when he’s free. Now, with the event that he’s sick of hearing about underway, he feels like he’s making all the effort with no return.

Can Hill and David resuscitate their love before David gives up on the promise of forever?

Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Unconventional in Kansas City anthology


Horses and Stethoscopes

The blurb perfectly explains the plot of the story. So, I was looking forward to a good angst filled read. Trouble in Paradise.

The first half of the story is a great set up. We’re introduced to the main characters, their jobs, and we’re also a witness to the signs of the rift that is growing between them. David wants to spend more time with Hill, but Hill is a workaholic and just got his dream job. So, he focuses on his job and spends all his time doing that.

The ending had cowboys, horses, boots, and some hot sex.

I was expecting angst in the middle of the story. The setup and the blurb made me think that that rift was going to grow and there was going to be confrontations and maybe ultimatums, but that didn’t happen. I was disappointed.

Overall, the story is great. The plot is sound, the characters are alive and real, the love between Hill and David is beautiful. I just wish there was angst in the middle of the story.

If you want a nice short story that you can read in one day and you love rodeos and cowboys and an established couple with a beautiful story without angst, then this book is for you.

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Galley copy of Resuscitating Love provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.

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