Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Retro Review: City Boy by A.E. Wasp


Follow the money or follow your heart? Either way, you lose.

When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a white knight named Dakota, pro-hockey player Bryce Lowery discovers he is most definitely gay.

Being with Dakota opens up a whole new world. Bryce can’t imagine life without him. But he refuses to be Bryce's dirty little secret. If he wants to keep Dakota, he’s either going to have to come out publicly or retire and walk away from millions of dollars.

Bryce Lowery feels like the answer to all of Dakota’s prayers. But is Dakota willing to leave the only life he’s ever known only to be thrust into the spotlight as the boyfriend of the first out gay hockey player? Would their relationship even survive it?

He’ll lose Bryce if doesn’t because Bryce will leave eventually. No one would turn down millions of dollars for a nobody with nothing.

City Boy is a first time gay, fish out of water, May/December love story with a happy ending. It features snarky siblings, a dirty-talking farmer, lots of food, and big choices. (No poultry was harmed in the making of this book.)

4 Stars

Dakota is young, but his life hasn't been easy. He was abandoned by his birth parents at an early age and adopted at the age of six. At sixteen, his adopted parents died in a car crash, and he was taken in by Tommy, the older man who owned the Apple Orchard he and his parents lived on. Tommy claimed to have left all his belongings to Dakota, but the will can't be found, so it's been inherited by Tommy's nephew, Bryce.

Bryce is a successful hockey player. He's straight, or at least he assumes he is, until Dakota comes to his rescue when he blows out a tire on the side of the road. The two quickly fall into bed, Bryce discovering he's not so straight after all, but they are shocked the next morning when it turns out that Bryce is Tommy's nephew and the person who could render Dakota homeless.

This was a pleasant read, although I thought the beginning, when they meet at the attorney's office, felt a bit off. It was like they were too familiar with one another and I know why Bryce didn't realize he'd been emailing back and forth with Dakota, but I wasn't sure why Dakota didn't figure out who Bryce was when they first met. There were a few other instances that didn't seem to quite work in the story, nothing that a good beta reader wouldn't catch, perhaps.

Still, I really loved both Dakota and Bryce. They were both likable characters and they fit well into one another's lives. I couldn't help but root for them to get a happy ending. The story is well-written and it flowed nicely. Dakota and Bryce had major chemistry and I loved that the progression to actual "sex" was slow. It made the story more realistic since Bryce has never been with a man before.

I loved how well Bryce and Dakota's friends and family melded together. And of course, I adored Dakota and Bryce's interactions with the animals. I really liked Robbie and I'm hoping his story is next. This was really enjoyable, sweet, funny and sexy. Very recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*

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