City Boy (Susan’s Review)

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Title: City Boy
Author: A.E. Wasp
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 29, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Follow the money or follow your heart?

All Bryce Lowery knows how to do is play hockey. He’s been playing professionally since he was fifteen. Twenty years later, he’s rich, famous, tired, and alone. And possibly gay according to his ex-wife.

When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a motorcycle-riding white knight named Dakota, Bryce discovers he is most definitely gay. Now Bryce has a tough choice to make, follow the money to a new multimillion dollar contract, or follow his heart into the unknown?

All Dakota Ryan knows how to do is grow apples. Now at twenty-four, he faces losing both his home and his livelihood in one cruel twist of fate.

Then Bryce Lowery crashes into his life like the answer to all of Dakota’s prayers. He’s whispering promises to make all of Dakota’s wildest dreams come true. But Dakota knows better than to give his heart to someone who could leave, and if life has taught him anything, it’s that everyone leaves.

Dakota has a choice, sit back and wait for Bryce to decide his fate, or for the first time in his life, chose what he wants his future to be.

City Boy is a first time gay, fish out of water, May/December love story with a happy ending. It features snarky siblings, a dirty-talking farmer, lots of food, and big choices. (No poultry was harmed in the making of this book.)

I guess I’m going to be the odd one out with this, since everyone loved this. I mean, I liked it, but I also had some issues with it.

Bryce is a 34 year old professional hockey player, currently recovering from a knee injury. He is traveling to Colorado to see a house he inherited from a long lost relative when he gets a flat tire. It is 24 year old Dakota who comes to his rescue.

And while the two are trying to change the tire, Bryce can’t help but check out the beautiful younger man. A lot of people have previously assumed Bryce is gay, but he himself never got that memo. That is until he meets Dakota.

These two start out with an experimental hook-up to figure out if Bryce really is gay. But end up seeing more of each other when they find out Dakota lives on Bryce’s new land as a tenant…

I really liked these guys and thought they were very sweet together. I loved how oblivious Bryce seemed to be about being gay. Even his ex-wife knew before him! But he did admit it pretty fast once he met Dakota, so no dragged out gay freak out or anything.

My main problem was that it felt as if the relationship was steadily building ’til about 50% and after that it just stopped. From then on all they were talking about was Bryce coming out and his future as a hockey player.

And while the kissing scene at the hockey game could have been super romantic, the author decided to make it a thing for the MCs to fight over. Yes, I got that Dakota wasn’t happy how Bryce pulled him into the public’s eye. But I was totally unprepared for Dakota to be angry with Bryce for ‘outing’ him. Dakota was out, he was never even in the closet, but all of a sudden he got super mad that Bryce had outed him to everyone. I was very disappointed the author decided to go that way instead of the romantic hearts and flowers way it also could have gone.

But there is enough steam in this for all the dirty boys and girls to be happy, so that was a good thing.

Editing was not so great though. There were lot of missing or misspelled words, but I don’t really mind that in my books, so that wasn’t a huge problem for me.

While I definitely see the appeal of this book and I really enjoyed the first half, I was disappointed in the second half and the lack of relationship development in that part.

But don’t let my opinion keep you from reading this book! This had an overall sweetness that a lot of readers will love.

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