Title: Oceans Apart
Author: J.K. Hogan
Publisher: Euphoria Press
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Genre(s): MM Romance
Page Count: 368
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Bored of with his mundane life, Leo Takahashi heads to the East Coast to find a new adventure. A series of unfortunate circumstances leave him in a potentially disastrous predicament: a gay man stranded in a backwater town of coastal North Carolina.
Sellars Hodge is a farmer from a long line of farmers who has never left his family’s land. He’s never even seen the ocean despite living less than ninety miles from the coast. In fact, he’s never done or seen anything interesting—he’s never even had a date.
When a stranded motorist stays at his house, Sellers gets a glimpse of everything he can never have. Though fear of his father’s reaction keeps him silent, Sellars’ two deepest secrets won’t stay hidden. The more time he spends with Leo, the less satisfied he is with the hand he’s been dealt and the choices he never had.
Leo wants to set up a quiet, independent life on the coast, but he feels pulled toward Sellars. He hates the idea of leaving such a vibrant, gentle giant behind to waste away on that farm.
Storms, both figurative and literal, brew in their lives, and they can only hope those storms clear the path to self-discovery and, most of all, love.
I’m blown away by how much I enjoyed reading this. It was such a good, wholesome adventure.
Leo Takahashi is bored with his mundane life in San Francisco and drives his beater BMW across the country. His destination is pretty much any beach town in North Carolina. When he’s 90 minutes from the ocean his car breaks down. He’s officially worried about being obviously gay and stuck on the side of the road in a rural farm town until he is greeted by Sellars Hodge, local closeted Farm Boy.
OMG was Sellars so freaking SWEET!! From the first time he saw Leo he was smitten and he tripped over his words, he blushed, he stared, he gaped like a fish. It was amazing. And Leo fed right into it. By the time there was anything between them I was dying for it. This is exactly the kind of slow burn heat that’s wonderful to read.
Leo was a very toppy top and he’d been burned in the past because of it. As a sometimes makeup wearing petite man, he was put in the box of a sub enough to be wary of a giant like Sellars, but he soon realized they were a match when Sellars melted at his dominance. It was fun to read about a romance that varied from the norm, but was super sweet.
There was plenty of story line to keep the plot going as Sellars had to make a lot of decisions about his life and his future. I really enjoyed the backing that he had from his sisters and his mom. They stood up to his father countless times and didn’t put up with his close-minded ways. It was truly refreshing to read about such a close family that stood by the youngest and accepted him over and over again.
Overall, this story had everything you could want. The MC’s were from totally different backgrounds and classes and meshed so well. There was low angst, high heat, slow burn, family values, and an overabundance of love.