Not Just Passing ThroughRating: 3.75 stars
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Length: Novel

When the sexy drifter pulls up on his black motorcycle at the Red Ram Motel where Avery Malcolm runs the front desk for his bigoted aunt, Avery’s world is turned upside down. Socially awkward to the point where he only has one friend – and a closeted virgin – Avery finds himself drawn to the self-proclaimed straight man without a permanent address and a penchant for picking up women in bars.

When Chase’s stay in town is extended, Avery finds that it’s nice having another friend around. In this slow burn romance story, Chase fights his feelings for the shy young man while Avery tries to guard his heart from a man who could hop on his bike and roar out of town at any time. Despite their best attempts to keep their relationship platonic, the two find themselves unable to keep their hands or mouths to themselves.

As the two lovers just begin to fan the flames, their relationship screeches to a halt when Chase has to leave to help his sister. Can Chase just ride off into the sunset without looking back, or will his feelings for Avery tie him down in just one place?

This was a cute romance story told from Avery’s point of view. Avery has spent his whole life living in a small New Mexican town. Though he had many acquaintances in town, his social awkwardness has prevented him from developing friendships with any of them, except for Jenny, who was determined to be Avery’s friend. When Chase rides into town, Avery wants to keep his distance from the sexy straight man, never expecting that Chase wasn’t going to let him keep those barriers up. For me, I loved seeing Chase draw out the real Avery – shy as he was.

Like many stories set in small towns, this story has the typical small town people who are small-minded and set in their beliefs about the righteousness of heterosexuality and the evils of homosexuality. It’s no wonder Avery has hidden himself away in the closet!

The sexual chemistry between these two is off the charts from their casual touches to their burning up the sheets. Readers may be quite pleased to note that Avery’s social awkwardness plays no role in his activities in the bedroom!

One issue I had with this story, however, is that I would have liked to have seen a bit more of what was going on in Chase’s head. As the story is told through Avery’s POV, we really miss out of Chase’s struggle with his sexuality and only learn what he decides to share with Avery. Another complaint I had was that this is really a slow burn romance story and it takes a bit before it starts moving forward…a little on the slow side…yet, once it does get going, it is worth the wait.

Overall, I thought this was a sweet and spicy first love story. If you like a slow burn story line, you will want to check this story out!

A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.

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