Cameron & Rylan (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Cameron & Rylan (A Chance Meeting #1)
Author: Valerie Ullmer
Publisher: Self publishing
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 259 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.

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

I have to be completely honest when I say this is one of those books I did not want to end. I could honestly go with a second book about these two and not be mad about it at all!!! I was blown away by the the two main characters in this book but it was not only the two main characters, it was all of the supporting characters as well. I fell in love with this whole makeshift family.

Rylan has not had a very easy life. His mother passed away when he was young and so he was left with his father and older brother. That would have been OK if his father cared in the least about him and would have been manageable had his brother not let his best friend torture Rylan. But that was not the case. His brother Declan never stopped his best friend, Tristan, from doing the things he did. Nor did Declan ever act as if Rylan mattered in any way. So Rylan spent most of his time holed up in his room in the basement working his butt off to make something better of himself.

Cameron has never really connected romantically with anyone. He has never felt the connection he needs to let anyone close to him with the exception of his three best friends and his parents. So when Cameron finds himself attracted to the man he sees dancing by himself at the bar Cameron and his friends are at, he is so confused. Considering he has never met the man, much less talked to him, the attraction he is feeling is surprising.

When Rylan sees Cameron from a distance and he feels attraction to him he has never felt before he knows he wants to meet this man. It is definitely surprising to Rylan to be attracted to Cameron considering how much bigger Cameron is and the fact that Rylan does not ever trust easily. But something about this man has Rylan wanting to meet him.

When Rylan and Cameron do meet face to face for the first time the sparks fly. Not only that but both of these men feel a connection so strong to the other that they have never felt to another person they are unwilling to walk away without seeing where things will go.

When Tristan walks in to the club and Rylan sees him, the reaction to Tristan Cameron sees and feels makes Cameron’s protective instincts kick in. One thing leads to another and Rylan finds himself moving in with Cameron. Both Cameron and Rylan know this will be either the best or worst decision they have ever made. And only time will tell which way the shoe will fall.

Can two men that have just met and are moving very quickly make things work between them? Will Tristan try to cause trouble for them? Will Declan continue to look at Rylan as if he does not matter? All these questions, and many more you will have while reading this book, will be answered.

This was such an incredible read. I just fell head over heals for the characters in this book and I truly hope there will be another book either about these two men or at least a book with them as supporting characters at the very least. Valerie Ullmer did truly an amazing job on this book!!!!

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


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.

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