Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: I Hear You
SERIES: Come to Your Senses #2
AUTHOR: Susan Reeves
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 233 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2016
Leo Bradshaw: Casino security, gym-selfie junkie, and foraging amongst Christmas paper in the closet.
Eamon Hughes: Teacher, new in town, and a notorious hermit but avid hiker.
Leo’s body reacts the first time he spies Eamon, who’s on a rare night out at his work Christmas party. It’s not good. At all. Leo’s in the closet and surrounded by peers and cameras, but the body wants what the body wants, even though he could lose everything if he acts on it.
Eamon learns the hard way the casino isn’t the safe haven he thought, but it does put him on the radar of the hot and sexy security guard who makes his body go oomph!
Through run-ins with Rohypnol, life-changing mountain climbs, and a steamy whitegoods encounter, their friendship blossoms. But could they ever be more?
I Hear You is a story about trusting your heart to guide you exactly where it’s meant to be.
What can I say except I loved this story! I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in this series, but Leo and Eamon’s story is even better.
Leo and Eamon first meet when Eamon is found barely conscious and spouting French on the floor of the casino where Leo works security. Despite the fact that he’s hardly lucid, Leo is instantly attracted to the defenseless young man and makes it his mission to find out who drugged him and why. But it’s only a couple of months later that Leo has to haul Eamon out of danger yet again, and this time Eamon’s family descends to thank him personally. Leo and Eamon become friends, and though they are both a bit hesitant, something more than friends too.
This story has gotten me a little gushy. I loved the humor, I loved the endearing hesitance of both main characters. I loved the secondary characters, I loved the distinct Aussie feel. I loved the sexy times between these men, and I especially loved Eamon’s extensive knowledge of cars. You may ask – was there anything I didn’t like about this story? Hell yes, there was. Pina. Colada. Tim. Tams. They are the best, I repeat, the best of the “flavoured” Tim Tams, and should never ever be dissed.
So, I mentioned loving a couple of things. The secondary characters, especially Eamon’s family, were brilliant. They played a major role in bringing the MCs together when our guys were doing the whole will-we-won’t-we dance. Which was also very well done, by the way. Often that backwards/forwards between the characters drives me crazy, but the author made their fears and reluctance very believable and I was left wanting to encourage them rather than roll my eyes in annoyance. The presence of Eamon’s family also allowed Leo to naturally open up about his own family and make us understand why he was scared to come out to his coworkers.
Eamon’s health issues added an extra element of interest to the story. I think the author included it just enough to be more than simply a token illness, but didn’t labour on and on, just to prove that she knew her facts. It was well employed to highlight Eamon’s strength, which was needed after the poor guy had to be rescued a couple of times at the start of the story. Because Eamon is definitely more than just a damsel in distress character.
I keep switching my rating from a 4.5 to 5 and then back again. Seriously, I’ve done it half a dozen times just while writing this review. But you know what, I’m going to stick with a 5. I was just so impressed with the way every element of this tale was balanced to best compliment the story as a whole. I can’t wait to see where the author takes this series next…I Taste You??? That could definitely be a hit!