Sunday, August 16, 2015

Book Review: Crossroads by Riley Hart

After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…

Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.

Dani's rating:

This is my favorite Riley Hart novel since Broken Pieces.

"It's so fucking incredible to feel you like this—the hardness of your body, your muscles, the hair on your chest, legs and face. To have you in my arms. All fucking man, and all fucking mine."

Sweet baby jesus, but this book is not for public consumption. This one's a SCORCHER.

Double-GFY, friends-to-lovers, butt-sex VIRGINS, y'all!

The intense, passionate, PLENTIFUL lovin' is made even better by the strong emotional connection the men share. I BELIEVED in this relationship and the GFY.

Bryce knows Nick is The One, just like he knows motorcycles are his thing. Bryce fucked his way through women, never caring, moving on, changing his mind, because he was still looking ... for something, someone, a fork in the road, a choice.

And Nick had only ever been with one woman, who cheated on him and left their marriage. Nick worked so hard to open his own restaurant, his marriage was an afterthought.

Still pretending to be dating his close friend Christi, Bryce doesn't want to disappoint his family, but Nick has it even worse. His mom is traditional and can't believer her baby boy could love another man.

This story had potential for major family melodrama, but that didn't happen.

Yes, the guys have to work through family issues. They would love to stay in their happy little bubble, working on Bryce's bike, cooking (Nick cooks for both of them, and Bryce happily eats it all), and discovering the joys of gay sex, but real life encroaches.

Despite occasional frustrations cropping up, Nick and Bryce never give up. They talk through stuff. They apologize. They have make-up sex. And more make-up sex.

Dildos, butt plugs, gay porn, shower sex, rimming, cocksucking (Bryce's word, not mine) ... YEAH, the men try it ALL, much to my eternal happiness.

The MCs are complex, and the secondary characters well-developed. Thank you, Ms. Hart, for not making Christi a bitch. She was actually very encouraging of Nick and Bryce's relationship and totally cool.

The third-person dual POV is BY FAR my favorite narrative style and worked very well here.

Bryce pretending Christi was his girlfriend went on for too long (I wanted to kick his ass when he chickened out on telling his mom time and time again), but I forgave him, because he was never ashamed of Nick.


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