By Marie Sexton Editions: ebook Expected publication: May 13th 2013 by Riptide Publishing Genre: Adult MxM Contemporary / Romance Source: NetGalley
Everyone deserves a hero.
Owen Meade is desperately in need of a hero. Raised by a mother who made him ashamed of his stutter, his sexual orientation, and his congenitally amputated arm, Owen lives like a hermit in his Tucker Springs apartment. But then hunky veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs.
Nick is sexy and confident, and makes Owen comfortable with himself in a way nobody ever has. He also introduces Owen to his firecracker of a little sister, who was born with a similar congenital amputation but never let it stand in her way. When she signs the two of them up for piano lessons—and insists that they play together in a recital—Owen can’t find a way to say no. Especially since it gives him a good excuse to spend more time with Nick.
Owen knows he’s falling hard for his neighbor, but every time he gets close, Nick inexplicably pulls away. Battling his mother’s scorn and Nick’s secrets, Owen soon realizes that instead of waiting for a hero, it’s time to be one—for himself and for Nick.
Bomy’s Flutter: touching and beautiful
World Building: Contemporary Tucker Springs, Colorado setting.
Characters: The broke my heart, let me tell you. Owen was this sort of delicate soul, near breaking and just hovering there on the very edge. My heart went out to him, and he made me think of something another character from another read said about horrible mothers. He certainly had one, poor man. I thought he was authentic and very easy to get emotionally in tune with, and love. I just felt like hugging him half the time, strangling his mother the whole time and kept wishing he’d get his much deserved happiness.
Nick seemed perfect at first. Just thoughtful, kind, charismatic. I was like, yeah, this is exactly what Owen needs. But Nick had to go and become all breakable too, and I was sighing and getting more heartbreak from each of them as the story progressed. I was at one point ready to slap Nick back to reality, I won’t lie to you. But he was emotionally impaired a bit while Owen had a physical disability, no easy thing to get over or mend in both cases. You might have expected Nick to become Owen’s hero, but in the end it sort of felt the other way around to me.
They were charming as a pair and I loved them together and the dynamic of their relationship. It was a slow burn romance, with some one on one but mild (meaning vanilla and sweet, imo) and rare. It was a lot about love here, very little about hotness.
Plot: There wasn’t a lot going on outside of the romance arc, but that was complicated enough to keep me riveted. Both characters evolved in surprising ways. I both liked and got frustrated by that, because it wasn’t an easy process.
Writing: Beautiful first person narrative from Owen’s POV. I loved his voice and the way his interactions with the world came through to me.
Curb Appeal: High compulsive buy material, the cover and blurb suggest and emotional roller-coaster story and it delivers.
All in all, I found this read very touching, romantic and beautiful. I highly recommend this if you’re into stories about non-perfect characters. None of the two in the main pair are stereotypes or cardboard characters, so if you’re brave enough to read about beautifully almost-broken characters who find a happy ending, this is for you.