Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Shady Ridge and the Neon Sky
SERIES: Shady Ridge #1
AUTHOR: Chris Owen
PUBLISHER: Pretty Muses Publishing
LENGTH: 125 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 6th, 2017
Hank is happy with his life in Shady Ridge, the small town he grew up in and now works as a police officer in. And if he has to go to the Neon Sky, a gay bar a couple hours away in the middle of nowhere once every six months or so to get his jollies, well it’s working for him.
At least it is until Charlie joins the force. A giant of a man, Charlie has left the big city after a nasty break-up and come to Shady Ridge for a little peace. Hank’s immediately attracted, and when he runs into Charlie at the Neon Sky, finding out they’re batting for the same team… well it just might turn Hank’s ordered world upside down.
For Bareback alone, I will forever and always be a Chris Owen fan. But for some reason I haven’t read a book by this author in quite some time so when I saw this was being re-released I jumped on it. And I’m glad I did. At first I didn’t know where things were going and there is some crazy hot M/M/M/M action towards the beginning that I wasn’t expecting but it was explained later, super hot, and I appreciated the addition into the story. Hank and Charlie were so special. I loved how they grew together and how their relationship built.
Hank, a small town cop, doesn’t really live in the closet, but he’s discreet and he doesn’t lie about who he is. He’s happy with the 2-3 times a year he goes away to let off steam and stress with his close friends at Neon Sky. When those plans get changed because he’s scheduled to train a new recruit he’s frustrated but obeys his Captain’s orders.
Charlie, a big bear of a man likes the new small town of Shady Ridge that he has relocated too. He also likes Hank, the officer who was practically forced to show him around the new town.
Both men aren’t prepared to run into each other at the gay bar Neon Sky. They’re also not prepared for the attraction that develops between them while living and working together.
Once the possibility is realized the attraction and heat consume both men and what starts as friends with benefits type of situations quickly morphs into more.
Like I mentioned the pacing and progression of this story is perfect and I really liked Hank and Charlie as a couple. This is a well written, low angst, smokin’ hot and super sweet story of two men finding love when they weren’t looking for it.