Reviewed by PizzyGirl
SERIES: The Riley Brothers #1
AUTHOR: E. Davies
NARRATOR: Michael Pauley
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 7 hours, 15 minutes
RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2017
“I’m walking away from that dream.”
“We can’t guarantee your life if you keep playing.”
At twenty-three, an undiagnosed heart condition sends pro hockey player Cameron Riley back to his hometown newly single and looking for work. Cam can’t hide his past – especially when his heart racing is a big risk, and boy, does his new boss’s nephew make his heart race. Noah’s exactly the kind of guy Cam needs after his hellish ex.
“I want to do something new.”
Art curator Noah Clark is glad his beekeeping uncle hired this hunk. Cameron is a sweet, smart bad boy. Noah works hard, like organizing a hockey-themed art exhibition, and he wants to let himself love hard. Noah’s busy life would be perfect with Cameron, but what’s his new lover hiding?
“Tell me why you’ve been watching me.”
Pitting Cam’s budding relationship with sweet Noah against millions of bucks, Cam is offered a lot of money to abandon his new priorities: life, love, and family. The game of their lives is on the line. And after all’s said and done, is it too late for Noah to forgive Cam for his partial truths?
I enjoyed my first experience reading this author. He met me up right away with just enough information and emotion to make me want more. Then he took me back to the past in a way that actually confused me at first and then hooked me because I needed more. I connected to Cam right away through sympathy because of his douche BF and then even more when he lost his one true love.
And then Noah appeared and BAM! I was hooked even more! These men were real and likable and the instant attraction and connection was tangible.
I even liked the way the “secrets” were handled. It was realistic and natural for someone to be reticent to share potentially life changing information so soon in a relationship. It is natural for someone to worry over their deficiencies. And honestly I really liked that in the end the secrets were a big deal but they also weren’t. They made for a bit of conflict that just emphasized the way these men were human and together they were right for each other.
However, I felt a bit let down over the angsty parts of the story. Things felt like they were building to be major, but then they were always quickly resolved in a way that was favorable. Even the hockey issues could have been a bigger deal but they always worked out a little bit too perfectly. In fact the blurb is wildly misleading in this respect.
The romance was fast. These men met and were in love very quickly, but I never really questioned it. I enjoyed the steady feel of it and honestly, I liked it because it brought out the desire Cam had for slowing down in life to take care of himself. I felt like their connection was realistic and progressed organically. The story felt natural to me and not forced.
I really enjoyed the beekeeping. It was not something that is often brought to life and it was enjoyable to learn a bit about bees and hives and their care. It was out of the ordinary and yet very interesting!
Overall I enjoyed myself and want to continue this series to find out more about the other brothers! I am invested and looking forward to more.
I love Michael Pauley as a narrator for books with high emotion or tension or lots of sex. He has that style that is just perfect for damaged characters who just need love. That being said, I thought he did a good job on this one, but I am not sure the book needed his more serious style of narration. It played up the angst very well, which just left me all the more disappointed when things were too easily resolved. I don’t know, it might just be me.