Title: Rushing Love (States of Love)
Author: Meg Bawden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22nd 2017
Page Count: 93
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 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.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
Sorry, folks, but this was a big miss for me. The premise was good, and the writing was solid. Sadly, the characters and the plot didn’t work for me at all.
-Insta-love central. I hate insta-love in general, but I can work with it when done right. But here, everything happens in a couple of days!
-The characters felt weird and fake. I had issues with literally every character in this story. Their dialogue too. The first words out of Grayson’s mouth when Flynn opens the door are:
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. You’re gorgeous. Please tell me you’re the gay one.”
Who does that? Talk about unprofessional! Same goes for Sean, Flynn’s friend. I found him terribly irritating.
“I’m a dude. I have balls. If I want to mention my balls, or your balls, or Warren’s balls, or anyone’s balls, why can’t I? It’s not like I want to suck anyone’s balls.”
Grayson’s brother was unprofessional too, and Flynn’s ex was so evil he was like a caricature. The women would swoon every time a handsome man made an appearance, or greeted Grayson in their pajamas (planning to seduce him of course).
This was more like a 1.5 star read for me, but I’m rounding up because the writing was solid. If you ‘re a fan of insta-love, this might work better for you.