Cameron & Rylan (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Cameron & Rylan (A Chance Meeting Novel Book 1)
Author: Valerie Ullmer
Publisher: Valerie Ullmer
Release Date: March 26th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 259
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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.

Cameron is a 21 year old college student, the only child of very wealthy parents, and he’s never dated. Or been with anyone. And he can’t stand people touching him. So, when he sees the beautiful Rylan dancing at a club, alone, he’s unsure of his feelings.

Rylan is gay. His family hates him. He lives at home in fear, double locks on his door. He won’t allow himself to get too close to anyone, but Cameron isn’t just anyone. He trusts him from the moment he sees him.

Oh, man. As much as I thought the start of this story was so sweet, I just had a hard time with the flow. It was just one giant love fest. I think insta-love has a place and it can be well done, but I just couldn’t get on board here. Everything just felt way too fast. As much as the characters developed emotionally during the story, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a fairy tale and everyone got everything they had ever hoped for. It just didn’t seem real.

I loved how protective Cameron was and how he always, no matter what, put himself in front of Rylan. It was interesting to see how his mother lit up when she saw Rylan touching Cameron and him leaning into it. I enjoyed these moments, but they just felt eclipsed by all the sugary sweetness.

And yes, it could just be me. I admit I love a bit of angst in my characters to feel real, but I like a build up. I want to agonize over what will happen and rejoice in the moment that ‘IT’ becomes real. I just didn’t get that here.

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


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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