Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he’s gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. Aside from his rescued pit bull, his only joy is hanging out with his younger brother. Then his mother does the unthinkable and forbids them to see each other, leaving Ryder devastated and alone. His friends urge him to date, but Ryder would rather throw himself into working at the dog rescue and figuring out a way to see his brother again.
When Jason Mallory’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he’s too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he’s hidden deep inside for years.
Jason and Ryder build a friendship, until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they’ve been fighting. Jason gives Ryder unconditional love and helps him reconnect with his brother while Ryder shows Jason the passion he’s always missed in relationships. Together they must battle through their family differences and ugly prejudices. Only then can they prove that once you find the right person to love, there’s no turning back.
This has been re-edited and revised from the original release of 2014
Jason and Ryder started off as friends. Jason, who’d only ever acted on his attraction for a man once in his life, mostly identified as straight when they first started their friendship. But, over the months, Jason’s feelings deepened and he couldn’t deny them any longer.
That’s one of the things I really appreciated about this love story – it took place over months instead of days or weeks, and it really felt organic. The two MCs are definitely good as friends first and it shows.
While the flip from friends to lovers felt a bit quick and the slippery slope to “I love you” happened very quickly, the original part of the relationship happened smoothly and slowly.
I definitely appreciated John’s viewpoints about love and loss and family and I thought that was a nice way to open Liam’s mind to a different way of thinking.
The smexy times with these guys was very hot and while I thought Jason was definitely more bold than I’d have predicted, I do think it fit his personality.
All in all this was a tremendously sweet and sensual GFY/OFY, friends to lovers story that will really warm your heart.
Charlie David is one of my favorite narrators. His voice is just so easy to hear and he knows how to infuse emotion into his narrations, so well! He didn’t do a lot to differentiate the different characters and I was kind of expecting New York accents, but it was still a nice way enjoy this story and you can absolutely fall into their lives through his narration.
4.5 of 5 stars
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