Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Two-time ex-con Camden Sanders has decided that Hog Mountain—an isolated community on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia—is the perfect place to continue running small scams without the threat of more prison time. But there are a few problems with this plan.
One is the neighborly citizens of Hog Mountain thwarting his dirty dealings at every turn with their kindness. Another is Jackson Rhodes, a closeted Hog Mountain police officer who can see right through Cam’s good ol’ boy act and plans to catch him red-handed despite the attraction they both can feel. But the biggest problem of all is that Cam’s past is threatening to catch up with him, and it could mean trouble for more than just himself.
In this book we get a retired criminal trying to make a new life for himself and a cop who is utterly suspicious of him. I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it (who knows why) but I really enjoyed it. Black’s writing was really good and he did a good job of pacing the book and developing the characters. It didn’t devolve into stereotype vs stereotype like some other opposites-attract books tend to do.
The people in the small town were numerous and charming. It was nice to see Cam interact with them and grow because of his relationship with the people in the town instead of just his interest in Jackson. Black did a good job of showing Cam’s growth from criminal to a charming small town local and making sure it wasn’t an instant change.
It was a slow burn type of romance so we really get to know both Cam and Jackson as they get to know each other. Jackson was sooooooooo reluctant to get involved with Cam because he saw him as a criminal, but also because Jackson is closeted as all hell. The pace made it easy to root for them and made their eventual relationship more believable.
The only two things that I didn’t really like about it were Grant (gay townie) and the ending. I don’t know why Black included a random section with Grant’s POV in the book, but Grant was really useless in general and did nothing for me. It just added random drama when there was already enough going on.
The ending was just kind of abrupt: sex bye! The rest of the book was really good though and I read it in a hot minute because it just sucked me in.
Jason Huffman-Black could be described as the porn star alter ego of the mild-mannered editor for several LGBT publishers. By day, Jason edits and writes in a cozy chair, while Mr. Huffman-Black travels the globe on such adventurous excursions as wrestling the one-eyed spitting serpent of Tangiers, ass-spelunking into the hidden tomb of King CockTut, and most recently, sharing a prison cell in a small third-world nation with a rather sweaty fur-covered hulk of a man named Javier.
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