Cameron & Rylan (Bob’s Review)

Title: Cameron & Rylan (A Chance Meeting Novel)
Author: Vallerie Ullmer
Publisher: Self
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 259 pages
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


Cameron Hayes believed himself to be a dedicated friend and a good son but destined to be alone. Because in his twenty-one years, he’d never fallen for anyone. Dating never appealed to him when he would rather spend a night at home. Despite his friend’s best intentions for Cameron to find a hookup for the night, he stayed at the bar as he nursed a beer. And that’s when Cameron spotted him and everything he knew evaporated with one look.

Rylan Ellis wanted one night out without complications. To forget about his overwhelming responsibilities and stress at home. He loved to lose himself in the music and ignore everyone around him. But when he happened a glance at the bar and spotted the tall, broad, and sexy-as-sin man, he felt drawn to him.

Soon, Cameron and Rylan learn about each other and establish their lives together. They also have to deal with a group of well-meaning friends, loving parents, and unexpected friendships. But most of all, a dangerous threat that could tear their lives apart.

Will a chance meeting turn into something more?

This novel contains heavy attraction at first sight and first-time gay sex between two men. There is no cheating or cliffhangers and ends with a happily ever after.

*Contains a brief mention of a prior sexual assault and violence in later scenes.

At best, this reviewer might dare to claim being an uncertified sociologist. As such, I question the reality of this novel featuring two primary characters, each 21 years old: one is barely sexual, having never having been intimate with another man. The other, Cameron, is an actual virgin whose primary sexual orientation is yet to be determined, in part because he has an aversion to temporary attachments. [All in all, I guess that is why this novel is classified as fiction.]

Their emotional developments are almost a surprise. When Rylan asks Cameron if he has considered his own sexuality. Cameron responds: “Well, although I’ve never dated or found myself sexually attracted to anyone but you and you’re a man, I would have to say I’m gay…”

First seeing Rylan is epic for Cameron, and he is overwhelmed with feelings of “pure bliss” and a surprisingly strong attraction. Rylan also feels the earth shake in this meet-up – something new to his own life. In some way, absent immediate sex in a back room, this is the ultimate “bar” happening: fast and anonymous.

Having noted that these men are initially strongly drawn to each emotionally, the novel maintains their growing chemistry throughout. Early on, the plot establishes all the requisite factors that will influence the development and ultimate tensions and outcome of the story. Blessedly, the plot also eventually supports their hot sexual interactions, which nicely punctuate the story. However, once the inevitable HEA is in sight, the story’s pace drags a little toward the conclusion, which I found too simplistic and predictable.

Reviewer’s further [sad] note: The copy provided was an Author’s Review Copy. It is dearly hoped that the several typos will be corrected, as will the numerous syntactic flaws, none of these greatly affect the reader’s ability to find the book satisfactory.

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Galley copy of Cameron & Rylan provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a retired professional. My husband and I, each with an ex-wife, between us have six married children and 10 grandchildren. We both read voraciously, with a strong leaning to gay romance and HEA. Stories with a little (okay, even loads of) sex, and a lot of tears, always pleases.

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