Review: Don’t Stop Believing by Gwen Hayes

dont stop believingReviewed by Jen

This Christmas m/m novella hit just the right notes for me. It features a growly, reclusive lumberjack and the new town librarian. It’s short, but unlike many novellas, it didn’t feel rushed. I liked both heroes and it even had just the right touch of holiday cheer.

Simon is a former Navy SEAL, nursing some serious emotional wounds. He has retreated into a solitary life. He lives in a cabin he built himself, just outside of a small town. He rarely ventures out, just enough to keep up with supplies and to sell the firewood he cuts to make a living. He doesn’t really have any friends and he definitely doesn’t have a love life. They call him the Ogre from the Hill and that is the way he wants it.

He isn’t blind, though. And he would have to be blind to miss the handsome new librarian in town. He never intends to act on his attraction, but when Adam is thrown into Simon’s orbit –and inside the sanctuary of his cabin– it’s hard to remember why. Adam knows what he wants and he has no problem letting Simon know, especially once he realizes the attraction is mutual.

It’s a short story and I don’t want to give away too much. But I really liked the sexual tension between these two and there is just the right amount of angst. I never felt like the story was rushed, as I often do with a novella. I believed in the beginning of a relationship that the authors gives us here. I loved Simon and his struggle –and his eventual surrender to Adam. And I loved how Adam looks out for himself when it would be so easy to excuse Simon’s behavior.

My only complaint was the fade to black sex scene. If you can ignore that, I’d definitely recommend.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by author

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Don’t Stop Believing
by Gwen Hayes
Release Date: November 3, 2015

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