Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Release Day Review: Over and Back (Bronco Boys: Book 5) by Andrew Grey

Title: Over and Back
Series: Bronco's Boys: Book 5
Author: Andrew Grey
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 194

Opposites attract on an overseas holiday, but trouble has hitched a ride.

While Bronco’s nightclub is closed for renovations, the owners invite the staff on a trip to Italy. Bartender Hank needs a roommate, and he’s had his eye on waiter Grant for a while, even if he’s had to keep his distance. But sharing such close proximity means sparks are sure to fly….

Grant has a problem saying no, and it’s led him into some less-than-healthy relationships. While he’s determined not to repeat his mistakes, it’s clear Hank is different.

They’re both willing to take it slow and explore the feelings building between them, but even in a foreign country, their pasts are catching up, and that could hurt more than just their budding romance.

3 Stars!

Grant is a new hire at the club, which is going to be shut down for a while for renovations, so Zack and his friends invite Grant to come on the trip to Italy that they've planned. Hank, the bartender, is also going. Hank recently broke up with his boyfriend and can't afford the trip on his own, so having Grant as a roommate will help ease the cost for him. The problem is that both are attracted to each other, but also scared to get involved after each of their last relationships went bad.

I found myself disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed the earlier ones in this series and was looking forward to seeing everyone again. I felt like the romance and connection between Hank and Grant took a back seat to the drama caused by someone from Bull's past. Bull was surprisingly unsure of himself and his course of action, and he and Spook really had lost a lot of their edge as they allowed this person to continue to harass them on vacation. I also was disappointed in how the storylines with Hank's ex and Grant's ex were handled in the end. I felt like they were built up to then be left in the wake of Grant and Hank realizing that they could handle things together.

I did like watching Spook try to play matchmaker; it was amusing. I enjoyed seeing the characters from the earlier books as well. It was nice to see Grant standing up for himself more and more as the story continued, and I was pleased to see Hank choose Grant over one of his own issues. I was happy that they both took a chance on the other and opened up to each other, but I just didn't feel their connection growing with the travel and escapades with Bull's past. I also felt like the end solution to their problem could have been done much sooner once things played out.

This book was a miss for me. Other readers may enjoy it more.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.***

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