Author: Hank Edwards
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: Wilde City Press
Type: Short Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Bryson Franklin made bad choices in his past. When he inherits his grandparents’ farm outside the small town of Willow River, however, he sees it as a chance for a fresh start. But patterns from his past resurface when Bryson takes up with Daniel Riggs, his bad boy neighbor, and he soon finds himself helping Daniel cover up a murder. After Bryson breaks things off with Daniel, the kindness and attention of handsome sheriff’s deputy Sam LeClaire gives him hope, but when Daniel shows up on Bryson’s doorstep a year later, will Bryson be able to resist temptation?
Review: The theme of this book is bad choices. Pretty much every character makes them. Some are just much much worse then others. I think the author tried to skirt the line of truly bad people versus people those who under their influence do things they wouldn’t normally do. Like there’s a grey area that our MC Bryson falls into. He’s not completely absolved of wrong doing but he gets passes in this story that I don’t feel comfortable with even if he’s also a victim of sorts. I can’t say that I liked Bryson but I don’t know if I was meant to. Some people may have issues with him as a character which I understand. He makes very poor choices.
Bryson is weak and emotionally all over the place when it comes to men. He’s basically easy pickings for the bad boy type who lives next door. Bryson just moved back to his grandparents home after their deaths. He’s gay in a small town and believes that makes him even more alone. He doesn’t really know anyone. So when good looking cocky Daniel focuses his attention on Bryson he’s happy to have it. They get it on within minutes. There’s lots of sex in this book. Bryson confuses lust with love and becomes somewhat blinded by who Daniel really is. Which somehow leads to helping Daniel bury dead bodies on the backside of his land.
I just could not like Bryson. We’re told he comes from a loveless and verbally abusive upbringing which explains how a stranger who gets him off can make him do horrible things. He doesn’t think he’s worthy of a good man and Daniel turns him on. I’m sorry but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. He was so eager to be loved by a guy he barely knew he pretty much became his yes man. He pines for him even knowing he’s not a nice guy. Forgives him at the first promise of sex. I also had issue with the insta lust. I guess I don’t like thinking a man will push aside everything to get his rocks off. It just doesn’t compute in my brain. There’s also insta love. First with Bryson feeling that towards Daniel. Or something close because he’s jealous and stalks him. Peeps in his windows while he’s with other guys. Then there’s the local cop who falls in love with Bryson. Even after he learns the truth about him and despite barely knowing each other. I just don’t get it. There was barely any foundation for that. The ending was kind of interesting but quickly resolved and wrapped up cleanly. This book just didn’t work for me all the way around.