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Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him…until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.
Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.
Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.
It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.
This is the Riley Hart I fell in love with the first time I read Collide!
Riley has an amazing ability to tell the story of two guys finding love where it really shouldn’t “be”. There’s no way Shane and “Van” should get along and there’s no way Shane could ever forgive Van and there’s no way Van would ever be willing to compromise… but somehow they do!
I really appreciate the fact that Riley has the writing chops to make the reader believe in these guys and their story. There are no gaping plot holes, no giant suspensions of disbelief, just a few well placed “human” moments where people bend and flex enough to allow for something that normally wouldn’t happened to happen.
In addition to giving us a really believable story, she has also given us an amazingly tender, thoughtful and SUPER SEXY story!
Shane’s mother’s struggle is so real and I found myself rooting for her just as much as for the boys.
While I couldn’t understand Van’s mother or her situation much, I appreciated the fact that there was no “miracle cure” to be found, and that sometimes you just get what you get.
I am including this review in my “kink” month because I think that Shane has a definite “exhibitionism” kink. While he might not admit it (yet!) he likes to be watched and loves having his picture taken especially when having sex. I think this book had some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a Riley Hart book (writing alone).
This is a book you can’t put down and I loved it very, very much. Highly recommended!
6 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review