Rushing Love (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Rushing Love (States of Love)
Author: Meg Bawden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 93
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.

Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.

“Life had Flynn Webb by the balls. It had a tight grip, and it was tugging so hard that Flynn felt breathless.” After being dumped by his boyfriend of nineteen years – for someone ten years younger – Flynn is ready to get away and unwind, hence a trip to a South Dakota dude ranch with his BF Sean. Flynn very quickly meets Grayson, a 21-year-old tall muscular “dark-haired, blue-eyed god” who greets Flynn with

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. You’re gorgeous. Please tell me you’re the gay one.”

As the title implies, this is insta-love on Grayson’s part, but Flynn isn’t much further behind. In between touring the Crazy Horse monument and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills, the two men begin something that feels:

“Like a fairy tale?”
“I was going to go with a cheaply made porn movie.”
Grayson laughed. “If that was true, then we would have fucked this morning. Or in the barn.”
“Or maybe after I fell of Iktomi.”
“Or had a threesome with Francis.”
“He’s hot, but I don’t do threesomes.” Flynn shrugged.

I liked the author’s writing style which is descriptive with a fun snarky touch, and I liked the general premise of the story but … but there is a big “but” as well (umm, see picture). The relationship between Flynn and Grayson and the pace of the story is just too rushed. There’s some serious sizzle between the two, but it’s literally only a day before Grayson is stating his intentions and planning a future with Flynn.

If this book had been longer, with additional time to develop the relationship, “Rushing Love” would have been in the 4 star range for me (albeit with a bit of a deduction for an unnecessary scene between Flynn and his ex-Brendan). I like Meg Bawden’s style and will definitely check out her next book.

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Galley copy of Rushing Love provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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