Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Rushing Love
SERIES: States of Love
AUTHOR: Meg Bawden
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 93 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 22, 2017
After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.
Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.
Rushing Love is an absolutely sweet love story with no angst, lovable characters and an amazing setting. I adore cowboy stories so I was really excited to start this short story.
This is the first book of the States of Love series, which is going to be a set of romance stories located in different corners of the United States. In the first installment we are taken to South Dakota with its amazing Native American heritage and history and its breathtaking views.
The plotline is pretty simple and straightforward. We meet Flynn and his best friend, Sean, who are heading over to South Dakota to spend a few days at a dude ranch after Flynn’s long-time boyfriend had dumped him for a younger man. At the ranch Flynn meets Grayson, who is a young, charismatic cowboy and shows an immediate interest in him. Flynn’s main problem with starting a fling or anything more is their age difference. Grayson is 21 to his 36 years. Fortunately, he gets himself persuaded that age is not a significant factor. His heart is more important. I really like our MCs. They are two great guys who have instant chemistry and a few obstacles to overcome. I liked the secondary characters as well. Sean is an absolute riot, and Grayson’s family and friends are good people, who help them along the way.
I know that in a short story it’s difficult to give all the details but I really would have liked to get to know Flynn and Gray a bit better. I would have liked a bit more depth, a deeper connection between them. In some scenes Flynn acted really out of character with some of his reactions. Although their relationship seemed rushed, the last chapter gives good closure as it works as an epilogue, showing what happens next.
Overall, it’s a light, entertaining story and hope you enjoy it.