Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Depth of Field
SERIES: Last Chance #1
AUTHOR: Riley Hart
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 230 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 12th, 2017
Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him…until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.
Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.
Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.
It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.
I don’t know why but I let a little thing like “winking” bother me with this story. Generally, I’m not a personal fan of “winking” so when I noticed these guys kept doing it I have to admit being incredibly annoyed. I counted the number of “winks” in the book…34 times…is 34 times a lot? I don’t know…it bothered the F out of me though. Petty? Probably…I’ll admit it.
Ok, with that out of the way I really liked this story. No matter how many times Riley Hart puts “winks” in her stories I know I will remain a tried and true diehard fan. She never lets me down with her writing and amazing characters. She has more than won over my loyalty as a faithful reader. I loved the journey of forgiveness and healing Shane and Van went on. It was beautiful. What’s more….the passion these two men shared was surreal. Hot, doesn’t even begin to describe the physical connection Shane and Van shared…explosive comes close…and the dirty!! These two were so….naughty, dirty…hedonistic….that’s the perfect word…but that’s only part of the connection. What they built was beautiful….
As bullies go…Shane didn’t really despise anyone as much as he despised Maxwell Sullivan, his high school tormenter who just seemed to get off on Shane’s misery. What Shane didn’t know was what drove Maxwell to do the things he did.
Flash-forward several years…Shane and Maxwell (Van) are two very different people. Shane stayed in Last Chance to take care of his mom and build a life while Van skipped town right after graduation never to be heard from again…until now.
Needless to say their reunion is bumpy at first but a series of unbelievably kind gestures by Van are confusing Shane. Both men decide to try and be friends while Van is in town helping his mom. And what starts as friendship quickly turns heated and both men start falling hard…
I absolutely recommend this story…it’s the perfect amounts of hot and sweet…!!
I can’t wait for Caleb’s story…bring on Book 2…