Monday, May 29, 2017

AotM ~ Dare You To & Gone For You by Riley Hart (Reviews+Giveaway)

AotM ~ Dare To You & Gone For You by Riley Hart (Reviews+Giveaway)

Title: DARE YOU TO (prequel)
Author: Riley Hart
Pages: 70
Published: January 4, 2017

Previously released in the anthology, IT WAS ALWAYS YOU. 
A Wild Side Series prequel novella.
Austin Thompson spends most of his spare time reading or logging in extra hours at the LGBTQ youth center where he works. His only standing “night out,” if you can call it that, is his weekly movie night with his best friend, Dare Nichols. Between work and Dare, it’s hard to find time for much else, so when he does try to date, it ends in disaster. 

Dare thrives on living life on the wild side—surfing, mountain biking, sky diving. If it’s extreme, he’s game. Between sports and spending his evenings at his West Hollywood bar, Dare never sees a dull moment. Still, with all that excitement, most of his favorite times are when he’s tucked away in Austin’s apartment. Probably because he’s the best friend Dare’s ever had. 

Then the kiss happens and the men realize they don’t want to stop there. As they explore this new adventure in their relationship, Austin realizes the excitement he’s been looking for has been right there all along, and Dare must decide if he can conquer his only fear by risking his heart.

4.5 Stars!

Austin and Dare are complete opposites, wanting different things from life at this time of their lives, although at the same time they fit perfectly with one another, even if neither of them had realized until they kiss for the first time sending them both into a turmoil.

I loved this book! I adored Austin and Dare and how oblivious they were at first. It was lovely and fun seeing how differently they approached this new phase in their relationship. The chemistry between them was explosive and I just adore that we got so much character development for a book so short.

Highly recommendable!

Author: Riley Hart
Pages: 224 Pages
Published: Febuary 6, 2017

Oliver Hayes wears his heart on his sleeve, and his friends never let him forget it. Every Friday night spent at Wild Side, their favorite West Hollywood bar, Oliver’s lack of hookups becomes the hot topic. It’s not that he doesn’t want a good time. He just wants it to mean something, which is a lofty goal when he’s still pining after his childhood crush, Matt, who left ten years ago to start a new life in New York City.

Matt Daniels has always felt most at home seated at a piano. He might not have entirely fit in with his family and friends, but he was always able to find himself in music. Or at least he did before he gave up his dream a lifetime ago. Now, he has a successful modeling career and should be enjoying every second of it. Yet nothing feels right, and Matt fears he’s losing himself.

Just when Oliver decides to get over Matt for good, Matt waltzes back into LA. As Matt struggles to understand what he’s missing in his seemingly perfect life, he falls right back into leaning on Oliver for support. Things aren’t what they used to be between them, though. They tumble into bed together, and it’s hard not to continue ending up there. For the first time in years, Matt’s inspired to compose again, reigniting a spark he thought long extinguished.

But as always, Oliver can’t keep his heart in check, and soon Matt realizes he’s gone for Oliver too. The biggest question is, can he fully give himself to someone if he still hasn’t figured out how to love himself?

5 + Stars!! 

Riley knocked the ball out of the park with Oliver and Matt's story. I absolutely adored this book and couldn't put it down. Oliver is heartbroken when Matt decides that instead of sharing an apartment with Oliver for their freshman year of college, he is moving to New York to follow his dream of being a musical composer. Over the past 10 years, Matt has slowly pulled away from his L.A. friends. Now he's back in town for a much needed break and he crashes at Ollie's place. Oliver has always been in love with Matt. He's never been able to move on and holds on to the hope that someday Matt will realize he feels the same. Will this visit finally bring them together, or tear them apart for good?

This book was absolutely fabulous. My heart absolutely broke for both Oliver and Matt. They both had their own demons to face. While I sympathized with Oliver, I can completely empathize with Matt. I know what it's like to feel like you're not worthy of love. I wasn't sure if I wanted to give Matt a hug or a slap across the back of the head.

The story is well-written and flowed well. The chemistry between Oliver and Matt was out of this world, and the sex, was off the charts hot. I think Riley writes some of the hottest sex scenes I've ever read. This story takes you on an emotional rollercoaster and makes you feel. It's filled with angst, heartbreak, sadness, friendship and love. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Highly recommended!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*

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  1. Congrats on AotM and thanks for the posts. I think I like Test Drive the most. I like the setting and the family issues it brings up, and the extra umph that that gives it emotionally. - Purple Reader,
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  2. I love Riley's books. Picking one is hard. I would say Crossroads.

  3. I've only read a few so it's too difficult to choose a favorite yet.

  4. Shifting Gear is my favorite at the moment.

  5. I love GFY! Steps by Steps by KC Wells is one of my fav. And Metropolis series, I can't wait for book 4.

  6. I would say my favorite is Crossroads.