Distant Cousins (Tosha’s Review)


Title: Distant Cousins
Author: Eric Huffbind
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Forbidden, Romance
Page Count: 258 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Contemporary Gay Male Romance.

Konner was looking forward to learning more about his family heritage. What he found was his entire life was a lie. Even the worst mistakes can be forgiven.

Konner O’Flattery, a passionate amateur genealogist, has finally gotten back the results of the DNA test he took. He’s been waiting months to uncover what mysteries his DNA has locked inside. But his results aren’t anything like he expected, and he unearths a secret buried since birth. His heart becomes shattered leaving no room for forgiveness. Now, Konner feels compelled to go on a journey to find the truth of who and what he truly is.

Through the miracles of modern technology, Konner meets his distant cousin, Aaron Kirschenbaum. Turns out, he knows exactly who Aaron is, yet they’ve never met. Aaron makes the girls and boys alike swoon from his stunning good looks and velvety voice. Unfortunately, he’s picked up a bad habit of abusing his status for his own personal gain.

Konner’s story pulls on the strings of Aaron’s heart. So, he offers to help Konner, in any way he possibly can. Aaron finds Konner to be incredibly attractive, so the two men are swept up into an intense romance filled with sensuous heat and passion.

Distant Cousins is Eric Huffbind’s second published novel, a Contemporary Gay Male Romance. Take a journey with Konner as he finds heartbreak, intrigue, love, passion, and the importance of forgiveness. If you want to rekindle the euphoric high of falling in love, Distant Cousins is the book for you.

64,000 words / No cliff hanger / HEA This book is intended for mature audiences Don’t wait! Begin your journey to “Happily Ever After.”


This was a good read but I have to be honest and say that some parts of this read were what I dare say as cheesy. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it did help to lower my rating down to a four instead of a five. The other factor was both of the main characters at some points in time or the other seemed mentally much younger then they actually were. But Konner really took the cake on that out of the two characters. He reminded me more of a 18-19 year old on the temper tantrums he threw several times through this read versus being actually 30 years old. That made it really hard to take him as seriously as I am sure he was meant to be taken. With that being said, the actual storyline was incredible. The way everything played out was not what I was expecting but it made for a really good read.

Konnor is a 30 year old man with a happy family. He is the oldest out of five and has a wonderful mother and father. Not to mention he loves his job. So when he takes an ancestry DNA test to find out more information on his past relatives he is shocked to find out it does not match what he knows about his family.

When he speaks to his parents about it, well he is in for even more of a shock to find out at 30 years old that everything he thought he knew is not reality at all. He finds out he was adopted when he was a baby and his parents kept it from him. To say he does not take this great is putting it mildly. Konner completely loses it on his parents and now he does not feel he belongs in the family.

Konner decides to set out and try to find his birth parents. His first inquiry leads him to meeting a distant cousin named Aaron. Aaron turns out to be someone that Konner has admired for a long time, a famous singer named David Kirkman. This is Aaron’s stage name but does not go by it with family and friends.

After Aaron originally hears from Konner he feels for him and wants to try and help him find out more about his birth parents. What starts out as something innocent between them soon changes into more. Konner and Aaron become closer until the next thing they know they are an item.

Through winding their way through a new relationship they are also still working on finding more about Konner’s past. When Konner is close to giving up because he he is getting nowhere he receives news he was beginning to think he would never get. But it is from that news Konner finds just how explosive his past really is.

Can Konner and Aaron work through all the information that is about to come Konner’s way together or will everything just be to much for such a new couple? Will Konner ever be able to forgive his parents for the secret they kept from him for so long?

This was a good read. I really did enjoy it. I just wish that Konner would have handled things a little better than he actually did. Other then that it was a decent book with a great storyline.

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Galley copy of Distant Cousins provided by Eric Huffbind in exchange of an honest review.

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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.