Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: The Rescuer
AUTHOR: Eric Huffbind
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 218 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2017
Always desperate to find love, and more importantly, find Mr. Right. Emotionally exhausted from kissing one frog after another, only to not find Prince Charming on the other side of the kiss. He loves being needed and making a difference in people’s lives. At thirty-years of age, Jason Calhoun, is a social worker, counseling patients with a history of chemical dependency, and always the eternal, hopeless romantic. Jason has been trying to find love, but with men that are somewhat similar, to the emotional wrecks that make him feel that his life has purpose. Despondent finally, he realizes the wrongs of his selection process, and why it has not been a success.
Using alcohol, he tried to numb his emotional pain. But what has been going on in his life, that has brought such an arduous level of distress. Afraid of winding up dead, he checks himself into Watermeadow, a recovery and rehabilitation facility. His dashing good looks didn’t buy him happiness, but he learned how to survive off them to maintain his expensive lifestyle. Christopher Parker is twenty-seven years old, always admired for his amazing emerald-green eyes, and his brilliant intelligence.
For Jason and Christopher, sometimes the best way to find love, is to stop looking so hard for it. And sometimes, a billionaire nemesis, can stand in the way of life’s greatest joy.
The Rescuer is an absolutely sweet romance written in a very formal style, broken up into various scenes in third person narration all the way. This is the author’s debut novel and it shows a distinct style and lots of promise. It was interesting to see everything happening from the outside, and we get to see more characters and scenes where our MCs are not present. It’s been a while since I read this kind of narration and it certainly means a bit of distance between the story and the reader. That also means that I couldn’t really get close to Chris or Jason.
The story flows pretty well and has interesting plot twists, though every problem is solved in a heartbeat, maybe a bit too easily for my taste. Jason and Chris form a cute couple and I also enjoyed the secondary characters, but most conversations seem too formal between best friends and this took me out of the context a couple of times. Everything they say seem way too polite and the language they use is more characteristic of 19th century aristocrats than 21st century youth.
Although the plotline is gripping and exciting, the writing seems a bit too overthought. I felt that everything is spelled out, and still we stay on the surface. I really would have liked a bit more depth both in characters and their relationship. Some details just don’t add up and make the reader confused as to different motivations in Christopher’s past for example. His living situation does not match his sordid past at all imho. Chris and Jason’s relationship also started out a bit too clinical and I didn’t feel any kind of chemistry between them. In the second half of the book it got better and they have quite a few sweet and hot scenes together.
This is a promising debut novel with an interesting plot and cute MCs. Hope you enjoy it.