On the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere

Title: On the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 194
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blackjack dealer and stripper Adrian West has lived in Las Vegas long enough to be numb to beggars on the Strip. Their destitution is a sad, ugly part of reality in a city where people win or lose it all at the tables every single day.

So he’s at a loss to explain why the homeless man in the suit catches his eye. Why he can’t just keep on walking like he always does.

Former advertising executive Max Reynolds is a Las Vegas cliché. After a run of bad luck costs him his boyfriend, his job, and his home, he’s decided to go out with a bang—a week of high-rolling capped off with a peaceful overdose in a luxury hotel room.

When a last second epiphany keeps him from finishing the job, he’s ready to live again… but he doesn’t have a dime to his name. He has nothing.

That is until a stranger takes him in off the street. Max may have hit rock bottom, but now he has a glimmer of hope and an unexpected friendship.

A friendship that just might turn into everything neither man knew he was missing.

Adrian, a dealer in Vegas who also works as a stripper, sees a homeless guy (in a suit with expensive Italian shoes) by the fountains in front of Bellagio and offers Max a hand-up not just a hand-out, by buying his dinner and letting him stay in his home for a few days to get back on his feet. Max’s story is very touching and I loved how Adrian and Max’s relationship evolves slowly into something that each man deeply needs – a sense of home, of belonging (plus some very hot man sex.) 4 stars for this enjoyable read!

I’m jarringly aware of how close I came to never knowing [Max] at all beyond a few hands of cards at my blackjack table. It’s one thing to be ships passing in the night. It’s another to imagine that other ship sinking to the bottom while mine sails on without ever knowing there was any distress.

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My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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