Sunday, September 29, 2019

ARC Review: Amalgamated by Becca Seymour

From the Blurb:
Escape with Leo and Zak in outback Australia as they discover it sometimes takes time, distance, and interfering family to amalgamate. 
After five years of living in the UK, it's time for Leo to return home to his dad's stud farm in outback Australia. He has no idea what to expect when he arrives. He didn't exactly leave with balloons and banners. 
Nope. His farewell involved destruction and his own heart split in two. 
He knows seeing the man who's always held his heart, Zak, is going to be awkward. The older farm manager made his feelings pretty damn clear when Leo hightailed it out of there. 
Leo quickly figures out life is going to get complicated and a whole heap more exciting as his trip home becomes so much more.

Ky's rating:

Amalgamated was my first read by this author. It was quick and enjoyable and exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up.

Leo is coming home to his dad's stud farm for a few weeks, after being away for five years. However, that time wasn't enough for him to forget his teenage crush in the slightly older farm manager, Zak, that's been in his life for years. When he left he did so in fashion, leaving behind somewhat of a mess.

Now, being back he has to face Zak and ask for forgiveness while hoping to save something of the relationship they used to have. Leo knows that Zak will never see him as anything more that the son of his boss and the kid that used to follow him around everywhere and is resigned to it hoping to salvage something of the friendship they developed over the years.

This is a short story about finally getting what you always dreamed of, but the short length means that everything happened kind of fast and hurriedly. I'm glad that Zak and Leo knew each other for years, so at least the pace felt a bit more believable than if they were strangers at the beginning of the story.

Still, the way everything unfolded was too staged and easy. Too neat. It was still an enjoyable read with likeable characters - though not very deep ones - that put a smile on my face and made for a relaxing afternoon.

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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