Title: Gone for You (Wild Side #1)
Author: Riley Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 6th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Oliver Hayes wears his heart on his sleeve, and his friends never let him forget it. Every Friday night spent at Wild Side, their favorite West Hollywood bar, Oliver’s lack of hookups becomes the hot topic. It’s not that he doesn’t want a good time. He just wants it to *mean* something, which is a lofty goal when he’s still pining after his childhood crush, Matt, who left ten years ago to start a new life in New York City.
Matt Daniels has always felt most at home seated at a piano. He might not have entirely fit in with his family and friends, but he was always able to find himself in music. Or at least he did before he gave up his dream a lifetime ago. Now, he has a successful modeling career and should be enjoying every second of it. Yet nothing feels right, and Matt fears he’s losing himself.
Just when Oliver decides to get over Matt for good, Matt waltzes back into LA. As Matt struggles to understand what he’s missing in his seemingly perfect life, he falls right back into leaning on Oliver for support. Things aren’t what they used to be between them, though. They tumble into bed together, and it’s hard not to continue ending up there. For the first time in years, Matt’s inspired to compose again, reigniting a spark he thought long extinguished.
But as always, Oliver can’t keep his heart in check, and soon Matt realizes he’s gone for Oliver too. The biggest question is, can he fully give himself to someone if he still hasn’t figured out how to love himself?
Gone for You by Riley Hart is a beautiful best friends to lovers story. Matt and Oliver have been best friends for years and had plans to stay together after high school, but Matt tells Oliver at the last minute he has decided to move to New York to pursue his music career. Oliver was devastated not only because his best friend was moving away but because he’s always been secretly in love with Matt.
Years pass, and although they stay in touch, it’s not the same. Well, except one thing, and that’s Oliver’s feelings for his friend. Matt now a successful model is depressed. He’s unhappy with modeling, and his relationship has ended. His heart sends him back to the only place- or person- who he feels can help him heal: Oliver.
The two embark on a story of strength, healing, trust, and love.
-The characters. Each man was fleshed and had distinct voices. Oliver was the caregiver, the man that held their group together. Matt was complicated. There were different layers to him that needed to be unfolded to get to the core of Matt. One thing was sure Oliver would always be by his side.
-Relationship progression. I thought their friendship felt natural and their connection palpable throughout the book.
-Narrative. The story was told from a dual POV which I think was needed for this story to be told correctly.
-Angst. This story was at points heartbreaking. Matt is just sad and makes the story carry a melancholy undertone. I felt Oliver’s love and Matt’s heavy heart. I love when you feel what the characters are.
-Intimate moments. They scenes between Oliver and Matt were exquisitely written. They were sensual and emotional.
-The end. After darkness came light. ♥
Riley Hart nailed this one. It’s a touching book about friendships, family, and inner strength. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 5 Stars.