Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher/GR Link: Loose ID, GR
Genre: Contemporary MM
Vice: GFY (with puppies!)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Cover Impressions: Cute boys + puppies = adorable
Best Line: "I didn't realize how being with the right person could change your world and your outlook on everything, but you've rescued me from myself."
Synopsis: Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother's punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.
Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he's determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.
After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?
Impressions: This was an adorable, fun read. I needed something that would sweep me away, and an out for you with puppies sounded just like the thing! It was!
I really loved these two guys, and they fit together so well. Ryder makes me want to wrap him up and give him a hug. He's had a very hard time with rejection from his family and his ex, and the bond between him and his brother is so great. Jason is also a great MC, and I loved the relationships he had with his family. I liked watching Jason realize he was falling for Ryder, and watching Ryder struggling to believe that this was worth trusting in again.
The secondary characters made this novel so much sweeter and more wonderful. This was a sweet, sexy and fun read and I loved it!
I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves cute boys, good friends, and cute puppies! And really, who doesn't?!
Review posted on Amazon and Goodreads.