Release Day Review ~ Hearts Apart by HJ Perry ~ (Review + Excerpt)
Title: Hearts Apart
Author: HJ Perry
Series: Streets Apart Book 2
Release Date: April 8, 2016
Length: 136 pages
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
The continuation of Aaron and Joe's story picks up right where "Streets Apart" left off. It could be read as a standalone, but I wouldn't recommend it. Besides, book one was good, so why would you want to skip it? Aaron is still coming to terms with coming out to his family, and now he has to decide how he will handle coming out to his football friends and co-workers.
I love Aaron and Joe. I just wish Joe was a bigger part of the story. I really wish we could have gotten into his head. This is definitely Aaron's story. Aaron and and Joe had a great chemistry, and were hot together. The story was engaging, well paced and the storyline interesting. I loved getting to see more of Aaron's family and friends, and getting to know some of Joe's friends. I think there are other stories to be told from this cast of characters. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for more in the future. I do think this book could have used just another chapter. The ending felt kind of abrupt.
All in all this was definitely an enjoyable read, and I look forward to more from this author in the future. Highly recommended!!
A gay friends to lovers romance novella of 32,000 words.
I’m Aaron. I’ve got a crush the size of Europe on Joe, who lives across the street, and when he’s around, I transform into a prize idiot.
The rest of the time I’m a trainee plumber, following my father and brothers into the construction industry. On Sundays, I transform into a player in the amateur football league. In all, a confident, well-adjusted guy. For a 20-year-old virgin who lives with his parents and falls apart over the boy not-quite next door.
Joe’s cute, sexy and fun. I know he’s fun because we used to play together as kids in the massive posh house that he lives in with his parents, the doctors. Now he’s at university, studying literature; we don’t see each other anymore.
How do I ask a guy for a date when I can’t string together a coherent sentence when he’s around, and I don’t even know if he’s gay?
And what’s more, no one knows I’m gay.
This is a feel-good romance about two young men who are crazy about each other and do lots of kissing, hand holding and taking their clothes off.
A complete story with a happy ending
About The Author:HJ Perry writes thought-provoking and sometimes funny books about people and their relationships. She particularly likes science fiction and LGBTQ romance.
HJP is almost 50 years of age, lives by the English seaside with three children and a patient partner. She is thoroughly British but is learning to accept having words translated into American for an international audience.