Thursday, January 9, 2020

ARC Review: Jeremiah by Jayce Ellis

Jeremiah (High Rise, #1)From the blurb:

Jeremiah Stewart’s sexuality is no one’s business. Not that he’s hiding it. When—if—he finds the right one, he’ll absolutely introduce him to Mom. But a late-night brush with a sexy stranger in too much lip gloss has him rethinking nearly everything…

To Collin Galloway, direction is a four-letter word. Sure, he hates his job, he hates living with his parents and he really hates watching everyone move on without him. But he doesn’t know what he wants to do, long-term, and he won’t figure it out by thirsting over Jeremiah, the superhot, superintense paramedic who is suddenly everywhere Collin looks.

When Jeremiah’s faced with losing all he’s worked so hard to build, he reluctantly accepts Collin’s help. They’re both determined to stay professional…which works about as well as either would imagine. But Collin only does closets with clothes, and Jeremiah has to decide if he’s finally found the one worth bringing home to Mom.

Heather's rating:

Jeremiah grew on me over time, and though I struggled with the first 35% or so, I started to really enjoy it the farther along I read and the more I got to know these characters.

I've never read a book from Jayce Ellis before, and I found her writing style to be a bit clunky at first. Lots of telling and internal monologues, and lots of similes and metaphors that made passages feel a bit wordy and awkward. The plot is pretty slow, so I was struggling to get into the story for some time. However, I really wanted to give this book an honest shot, so I kept pushing on.

The characters really grew on me, especially the paramedic Jeremiah, who was a refreshing change of pace from the MCs we see time and time again in M/M. I really liked him and got a feel for him right away, even if I had a few issues with how his family interacted with him. Collin was also a good characters, but I feel like I was missing some information about his previous relationship that went awry and some more details about his family life. I felt like that could have been fleshed out even more.

The romance grew nicely over time, and I liked how the two men leaned on each other. Again, I found the plot to be a bit draggy, but I also enjoyed that it was a character-focused storyline. My one main issue was that I felt like Jeremiah and Collin were mistreated by friends and family, especially towards the end, and we got very little in the way of apologies. It made me angry for them, and I wanted more of a resolution of some of the issues that cropped up there.

Overall, a wonderful breath of diversity in the world of M/M, and a sweet romance that grew on me. I'm excited to see where else this author will take this series.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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