Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Lover Boy
AUTHOR: G.A. Hauser
PUBLISHER: The G.A. Hauser Collection
LENGTH: 215 pages
When worlds collide in the middle of Manhattan’s Diamond District, the lives of two men are changed forever.
Daxon John York, a former military man who worked for the NYPD until he was forced to leave the department for excessive use of force, ended up a security guard for a jewelry store. Divorced with one daughter, the alimony payments, child support and stress of carrying a mortgage plus rent was weighing Daxon down. When an armed man holds the employees at gunpoint, Daxon does his best to prevent the robbery, and fails.
Corey Ellis had tried to walk the straight and narrow, but nothing seemed to work out for him. Desperate to get out of New York, Corey plans to rob a small jewelry store. What he didn’t expect was to connect with the security guard with whom he exchanged gunfire.
‘Lover boy’ a nickname Corey was given since high-school for his good looks and sensual prowess, comes face to face with a former GI/NYPD cop. Alpha males battling for power with the same goal; Happiness.
Two men; both at the lowest point in their lives crash together in a horrific encounter which connects them from that moment on.
I fear that I am going to be blasted for my review of this book, but I have to be true to myself and give an honest review.
I have seen that this author, G.A. Hauser, has a large and loyal fan group of her books and I was excited to finally get to read one. Again, this was another new author for me so I was not aware of her style of writing. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. I had a hard time believing the general premise of the story. Ex-military to NYPD patrolman to security guard to running off with the armed robber that exchanged gunfire with him in the robbery, then wounding each other after the shooting.
Dax had always been a live-by-the-law, honest type of guy, and, though he did struggle with this, he chose to throw it all away. I just didn’t believe that this would happen. Then, after all they went through, worrying that they are going to be caught any minute, there’s a HEA??? I had a hard time finishing the book. It never grabbed me and didn’t keep my attention for long. I also had a hard time believing that an ex-military/police officer/security guard/alpha male could be over powered by a smaller man and have questionable, if not non-consensual, sex. There was a certain “will they get caught” intrigue to the novel and there was some hot sex, when I wasn’t questioning if it was consensual.
All-in-all, I have to say it was a definite no for me. I tried really hard to like the story, and I did like both Dax and Corey, but I had a difficult time embracing their relationship based on the events that transpired. It just left me questioning if it was even feasible for them to be a couple, as well as questioning the HEA. So, with all of these feelings, I can only give the storyline 1.5 stars…it just wasn’t it for me.