Upside Down (Belen’s Review)


Title: Upside Down
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Blue Heart Press
Release Date: March 21st 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 180 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, a librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But he when he realises adding the label ‘asexual’ might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.

Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexual had seen the end of a lot of his romances, but he’s determined to stay true to himself. Leaving his North Shore support group behind, he starts his own in Surry Hills, where he meets first-time-attendee Jordan.

A little bewildered and scared, but completely adorable, Hennessy is struck by this guy who’s trying to find where he belongs. Maybe Hennessy can convince Jordan that his world hasn’t been turned upside down at all, but maybe it’s now—for the first time in his life—the right way up.


What I loved: the characters (main, secondary, and tertiary), the subject, and the way N.R. Walker integrates information about asexuality without making it preachy. The internal struggle Jordan has is intimately familiar and really well done, realistic, and relatable.

There’s very little tension or angst, and there is nothing more sexual than hugs and kisses, and I found all of it perfect for the characters and story. The only thing I didn’t like was the pacing, which I found to be a bit too slow, but overall it just made my heart happy and it makes me hope and long for even more Ace positive stories.

Dual POV, super sweet romance, with very little tension or angst, a lot of Ace positivity, a couple of twists, and a very happy ending.

Recommended.

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Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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