Review: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

counterbalanceReviewed by Jen

This is the second time I’ve been reeled in by a blurb on an Aidan Wayne story. It’s the second time I was totally bummed to realize that it was only a novella instead of a full length story. And it’s the second time the two heroes don’t really seal the deal on page.

But. Just like with the first novella I read from this author, both heroes are sweet and likeable. They’re an unlikely pairing, but they fit. They fill a void in one another, and because of that –and because of their vulnerabilities– it’s so very easy to root for their HEA.

John is a rigger for a circus troop. He’s badly scarred and has pretty much written off any chance of love. But then Bao joins the troop as an acrobat and quickly becomes a fixture at John’s side. John is attracted to the attentive and exuberant Chinese man, but can’t believe it could be mutual. Sure, Bao’s around a lot, but maybe cultural and language differences are muddying the waters. Or at least, that’s what John’s afraid of. After all, who could want a man with a face as messed up as his?

I don’t want to spoil too much of their journey to happiness, because the story is really short. And I guess that’s my only real complaint. It’s too short. John is pretty fleshed out, but Bao just isn’t. He’s kind of one dimensionally perfect. And just when these two start to come to an understanding, the book is over. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed what was there. I did. But there wasn’t enough. It almost felt like more of a tease than a full story.

I think next time I read a blurb from this author, I will check the word count before I start the story. If Wayne ever puts out a full length book, I’ll give it a go, because I think there’s something good here. I just need more to feel complete.

*ARC provided by publisher

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Counterbalance
by Aidan Wayne
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Riptide

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