Pay It Forward (Giving Back #1)

Title: Pay It Forward (Giving Back #1)
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Self Publishing
Release Date: November 11, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 203 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Forced to leave home as soon as he finished high school, Bailey McCreedy’s focus has been on earning enough money to survive. All he needs is a roof over his head and to keep his small mobile lending library running. Books are Bailey’s escape, and he loves to share the joy of reading with those who don’t have access to them.

Tom Brooks’s upbringing is very different to Bailey’s, with a loving family, a good education, and a high-flying job—that is, until things came crashing down. Tom opens a coffee shop, struggling to build his business and reluctant to accept help, operating under the misguided belief that he must pay penance for his sins. Watching Bailey work with the street kids opens Tom’s eyes to the reality that accepting help is not a sign of weakness, and that he is so much more than his past mistakes.

But as Bailey falls for Tom, with his charming manner, obvious care for others, and group of successful friends, Bailey’s own sense of self-worth threatens to tear them apart. In the face of intensifying challenges, he’s reluctant to confide in Tom, afraid he’s not good enough.

A bright future will require Bailey to heed his own advice—people aren’t defined by their failures or inability to live up to the expectations of others. It’s time for Tom to pay it forward, and Bailey needs to accept the help and love that Tom offers.

This is a good read about two men that have both lost their way but fight to find their way back. One man has let his past and negative thoughts influence who he is today. The other man has let trusting the wrong person in his past and what that man did influence who he has become. Both men are lost but after meeting one another they both start to see the better things in life and when they continually help others, life starts to turn around for both men. But could some bad that comes with the good end up ruining what is slowly starting to come together?

Bailey has a job he truly does not like but it keeps a roof over his head and food on his table. It also helps him to continue to add newer books to his collection for his mobile library for those that are less fortunate. The call center job is not the greatest but it helps. And because of this job he meets a man named Tom.

Tom owns a coffee shop/cafe. It is a new adventure for Tom that he has owned for just a short while. Take Two is the name of the place and this is Tom’s second chance at having a fulfilling job. His first attempt at a career left him with many emotions including guilt. Tom is not sure he will ever forgive himself for the roles he played in his first career so therefore he cannot find happiness. Or at least he doesn’t until he meet Bailey.

Bailey may not have much but what he does have he uses to give back to others. This just totally blows Tom away. The more Tom and Bailey get to know one another, the more both men fall for the other. The feelings for each other may come quickly but it is the fact that both men are slowly helping the other man to heal in ways they never believed was possible.

When things begin to pile up on Bailey, he begins to slightly pull away. And when one too many buildings crumble, can Tom help Bailey from crumbling right along with it? Or is this the beginning of the end?

This was truly a great read. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more books by Nic Start in the future. I believe that others will enjoy this book just as much as I did!!

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.