Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ARC Review: Bent Arrow by Posy Roberts

Bent ArrowBlurb:
Sometimes curves in the road take you right where you belong.

Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.

Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?

Todd’s rating:

This short, fun 65-page read turned out way better than I'd hoped. My only other read from Roberts to date was "Forever Under a Rainbow," which left me with a case of the "blah's," but this one was a home run, in my opinion.

At 27, oil field worker Luther has been running from anyone finding out about his true self for close to a decade.

His family and people in his tiny North Dakota home town can't find out. He just can't let that happen. So he keeps moving from job to job around the US.

But when the water in the oil field trailer where he lives only comes out at a trickle, the oil company sends over a plumber to fix the problem.

So 24 year old plumber Erik shows up to fix Luther's clogged supply line (not a euphemism.) And, oh boy, does hit fix that supply line, but good. ;- )

But during the repairs, Luther noticed a provocative ass tattoo of an arrow pointing to Erik's butt crack, so he takes a chance and lets Erik know that he's interested.

The two men don't immediately hook up, which I liked. Instead, they swap phone numbers and begin to text one another, hooking up shortly thereafter.

There was quite a bit of hot sex to be had in this short read, but as the guys text and hang out more, something else begins to happen. Feelings, which Luther can't bring himself to voice.

Luther's lack of opening up eventually costs him Erik, as he loses his job and Erik sends him on his way to find out who he is and what he wants, which was pretty hard to read, but necessary.

Luther eventually realizes what he *must* have in his life for true happiness and puts in the work to make it happen, so we do get our HEA.

My only niggle was why Erik was written as bisexual. From every indication during the book, it sounded like Erik never even looked at women and was sort of waiting in his ivory tower for his prince to arrive and sweet him off his feet.

So, no, the bisexuality didn't make much sense to me and seemed more like the 38th piece of flair on his vest. Dunno, I just found that odd.

But the book was both light and enjoyable, without any unnecessary dramatics stinking up the joint, so this one was a solid 4.5 *I've-come-to-fix-your-sink* stars for me.

My ARC copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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