2 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series second chance at love

Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents



Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.

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First, I really liked the way the author really tried to incorporate little bits of what it’s like to be in Wyoming into this story. The dry air, the jackalopes, Yellowstone, rattle snakes, rainbow trout, the mines – it really felt authentic and like a taste of being there.

Second, I really liked Levi. What a great guy. Honest, open, accepting, so willing to forgive and forget. I liked his open communication style and his decision to call Devon on his crap right away without pressuring him to be someone he wasn’t.

Unfortunately, that was all I liked about this story. Devon made me cringe over and over. He was not a good boyfriend, he wasn’t true to himself, I didn’t think he had a bit of motivation to improve himself – no college, an entry level job that he seemed satisfied with, a move back home for no particular good reason… He felt lost and aimless and I didn’t get a good feeling about him at all.

I hated the way the story ended. Yes, he did finally stand up for himself, but to what end? The story just stops right when it was actually beginning to look interesting.

I can’t recommend this as it really didn’t inspire me much. I wanted Devon to grow up and be strong and realize his errors. I wanted him to have some goals in life. I wanted to know what the two of them were going to do as a couple. Instead I got the vague impression of more fear and maybe Devon losing his job…

2 of 5 stars as the writing itself wasn’t bad, but the storyline didn’t do it for me.


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