Thrown, by Hope Sawyer
Release Date: January 15, 2017
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
“You need to get back out there.”
Newly-divorced deputy sheriff Gideon Blackwell has just bought a farmhouse under the stars in quiet Byrony Hills. Ingus, his nearly-retired K9 partner, will have a yard, and Gideon will have a purpose. Like himself, the farmhouse could do with some TLC. He’s still living in his retired father’s shadow, afraid to become the same kind of sheriff behind closed doors. Stepping out of the closet when the mayor’s nomination for sheriff is pending? No way. But then, in the eye of a small-town storm, he meets the man who shakes him to his foundation.
“I feel so guilty living here and barely being able to help.”
Corey Sane’s life hasn’t been easy. After he lost his family in a car accident, his aunt and uncle took him in and offered him a studio above the garage to live and throw pottery. Odd jobs are his way of repaying that debt. Attempts to date always make him someone’s secret, and his self-esteem can’t take dating one more closeted man… even if he’s the hot deputy sheriff who now lives next door. But the law is there when everything goes wrong, and Corey’s protector wears a badge, a gun, and a look that could melt the clothing off his bruised body.
“He’s welded the closet door shut from the inside.”
Corey can’t resist more than renovations with the closed-off, closeted man who’s been around the block before. Gideon’s not the safest prospect, but the heart wants what it wants. And for Gideon, the hardheaded younger man asks more of him than anyone has before. Can they risk it all for the intimacy of each other’s arms, heal their hearts, and let each other in at last?
Thrown is a slow burn, May-December M/M contemporary romance novel with a happily-ever-after ending.
May/December (Age Difference)
In the Closet
I decided to give Hope Sawyer a try because this book was KU. Turns out it was her first release and I must say… I’m not sure I’ll read another. There was truthfully nothing wrong with the book, it just ended up being dull. The story was nothing new: small town deputy divorcee who is in the closet due to “reasons”. I’m putting reasons in quotes because as the book progressed I wasn’t really sure why Gideon chose to ignore his sexuality. I got that his father had been the sheriff previously, and he lived in a small rural town, but it turned out to be fine. Like beyond fine once he did come out.
His love(?) interest was Corey, an out and proud(ish) potter who also happened to be his neighbor. He lived with his aunt and uncle and was trying to build a successful business. He started out as the most interesting. He had an ex who was closeted and married, was being harassed by the local church, and got beat up by a bully he’d known since high school. Yet… bland… so bland. So much so that I can’t muster any more enthusiasm for this review.
The pacing was initially slow, but then the last 15% was a whirlwind. Over-the-top resolution to the problems. All was well… man I wanted to 1 star but I didn’t HATE it…
Hope Sawyer was born and raised southern style with a penchant for boiled peanuts, peanut butter cookies and books with a sweet, sweet romance of the LGBT flavor. Frequently seen playing with her Yorkipoo and being regularly ignored by her cat, Hope also likes to spend her humid days writing stories which show love transcending all boundaries.