Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 15th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.
Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your *name* is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.
A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men’s deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they’ve searched for all their lives?
Some romance novels require a total suspension of disbelief from the beginning in order to enjoy. For me, this is one of those stories.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. But I definitely had to put on my reality blinders.
This is a big-time insta-love, age gap romance with big life changes for both characters.
I liked Blue, with his optimism regardless of what life had thrown at him. He’s smart, hardworking, positive and, sometimes, a little whirlwind. He comes into John’s life at the right time and shakes up John’s entire world view.
I liked John, who is so earnest, sweet and hopeful. He’s the absolute knight in shining armor for Blue. His whole life changes for Blue, all for the better, and it was very sweet to behold.
I liked that all of the side characters seemed well-fleshed out, even Vivian, who leaves John because he’s boring.
I especially liked that Vivian isn’t vilified or made into the caricature “bitch” role, because there were reasons, and it all worked out for the best in the end.
There were a few things I wasn’t thrilled about:
- like things that were left unexplained (what happened to Indigo?), or that happened off page that I would preferred to “see” (John’s reunion with Alistair at his show), that Blue didn’t really have anything more (monetarily) at the end than he did at the beginning (yes, he has John’s love, but what happens to Blue if something happens to John? Blue still has no job, no money of his own…), and sometimes the writing itself felt a little manic.
But, still…I enjoyed it. It sucked me in and I was rooting for Blue and John to make it.
This is a low angst, sweet and lovely, May/Dec romance with dual POV, likable characters, passionate moments, a lot of joy, and a HFN that could (and probably will) turn into a HEA.