Release Day Review by DMac: Winter Heart, by B.G. Thomas

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Winter Heart, by B.G. Thomas
Series: Seasons of Love, Book 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 21, 2016

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
2-of-5

summary

For over ten years, Wyatt Dolan defined himself as the lover of Howard Wallace. Howard made sure Wyatt’s self-worth depended on that role. So when Howard dumps him, he is lost at sea in a storm without a rudder. If it wasn’t for his supportive friends, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Finally, after a series of disasters, he escapes to Camp Sanctuary—a sacred place to him—where he can be alone, try to put his past behind him, and find a new direction for his life.

Kevin Owens is a lonely man. He is very intelligent—several apps he created have gone on to make him a comfortable living—but he is also quite shy and is uncomfortable making conversation. The death of his dear friend and former lover after a long illness leaves him grieving, confused, and adrift. Then a dream guides him to Camp Sanctuary, only to find that the one cabin with a wood-burning stove has already been reserved. And worse, by a man he’s had a secret crush on for years—Wyatt Dolan.

When a snowstorm knocks out power at the Camp, Wyatt and Kevin must share the same cabin to stay warm, and very soon, magickal things begin to happen.

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary
Second Chances
Trapped in a Blizzard
Paganism
Bears (Gay Community)

Additional Warnings:
Homophobia

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Guys, this book dragged on forever and was completely boring. Apart from a few awkward wording here and there the book was pretty well written, so it was a bummer that this was one of the most boring romance books I’ve read in a long time. We’re supposed to be intrigued and rooting for these people to get together. This would have been a one star book if the writing and grammar weren’t as good as they are.

The two halves of the book are like reading two completely different stories. The first half of the book was complete torture because it was a full-on pity party for Wyatt. Kevin has a pretty bad situation going on too, but the focus is on poor Wyatt. I don’t know why the author chose to use half the book to show how bad off they are, when they could have focused on developing their relationship.

Also it had random pagan rituals fully written out for a huge part of the book. This doesn’t inherently bother me, but when I am reading a book I like things to progress the plot and not just be there for the sake of proving someone is a pagan or something. It got really really boring, and by the time these two met I didn’t really care about their relationship because both men bored me to death.

The second half of the book has them finally meeting and getting together, but at that point I was rooting against them because of how childish and immature their approach to the relationships was. The way that Thomas set everything up made it really far-fetched. I think he was trying to tie fate and paganism together to show how they were fated, but it was all very passive. A lot of stuff seems to happen to them and not because of them, if that makes any sense. It made Wyatt and Kevin seem like high schoolers instead of grown men.

Fair warning: this book has paganism and a lot references to the bear community (gay bears not animal bears). These are two communities I have no real knowledge of or connection to so I cannot tell you how accurate their portrayal was, but they were a huge part of the story so if their portrayal is inaccurate you’re kind of stuck with it for the whole book. Something to look into or keep in mind if you are planning on reading this.
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B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade and half, and that marriage has been legal since 2014! They share their home with their fabulous dogs, Sarah Jane and Oliver. He is lucky enough to have a lovely daughter as well as many extraordinary friends.

B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. Since he’s gone conventions since he was fourteen years old, he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers, many of whom inspired him to pursue his own writing dreams.

Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he decided to begin writing for the first time in years. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in only four days, and since then has had over thirty short stories, novellas and novels published.

Visit his website and blog at http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/.

You can purchase Winter Heart from:
Publisher
Amazon
Kobo
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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