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.┬áHe’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

Click to purchase: Amazon

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

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