Title: Life On Pause (Love Life #1)
Author: Erin McLellan
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance
Page Count: 258 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Niles Longfellow is a nerd, and not the trendy type of nerd, either. He wears a historically accurate homesteader costume to work every day, has a total of one friend, and doesn’t know how to talk to guys. So when he gets a flat tire and the hottest hipster ever stops to help him, all Niles can think is that he’s wearing his stupid cowboy getup. Normally, Niles feels invisible to other men, but he’d take that invisibility any day over Rusty Adams seeing him in suede and fringe.
Rusty moved to Bison Hills to help his sister raise her daughter, and nothing is more important to him than that. He’s also fresh off a breakup, and isn’t prepared for anything complicated. But then he meets Niles. Rusty sees Niles as more than a clumsy, insecure guy in a costume. He sees a man who is funny, quirky, and unexpected.
Nothing about their connection is simple, though, especially the lies and insecurities between them. Niles doesn’t know if he can trust Rusty with his heart, and when Rusty’s sister decides to move away, Rusty doesn’t know if he can stay behind.
NOTE: Originally published by Riptide Publishing October 2017
This was a good read. I was skeptical at first about this book. I even put it off a couple of times because I was worried it was going to not be that great of a book but I was wrong. Turns out that even though the main characters have their issues, they both have a way of putting so much humor in this read that it made it completely different then I could have turned out without it.
Niles, poor Niles, is so awkward. He is a gay man in a small town and is so used to being picked on by others around him that it has left him very insecure and always doubting those around him and especially those new people that he meets. So when he meets Russell he is thrown by this handsome man that keeps flirting with him.
Rusty is one of those guys that puts his family first. So his sister and her little girl has been the center of his world for so long. When he meets Niles he is intrigued and attracted to him from the moment of first meeting. One thing that Rusty picked up rather quickly about Niles is that he is insecure and Rusty does not want to add to that once he finally convinces Niles to start dating him.
So what does Rusty do? He lies to him about his co-worker Todd being his ex and gets caught. This leads to the downfall of these two men. Will they ever have a chance to really get started? Can these two men recover from insecurities and lack of truest or is it better for both to cut their losses while they are both still intact?
As I said even though there is serious subject matter in this read the main characters had a way of easing the situations by adding in humor. That made this book so much better then it would have been without it in there. Erin did a good job on this book and I look forward to more books by this author in the future.