Melissa reviews Crossroads by Riley Hart (Sean Crisden as Narrator) Published November 17th 2015 by Tantor Audio; 7 hrs 23 mins.
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…
Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go—the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that’s determined to trip them up at every turn.
Why I read this book: Crossroads has been on my TBR shelf for a while now, and I love the idea of a “straight” man falling for another “straight” man.
I was fortunate to be able to listen to this audio courtesy of my local library.
At first I wasn’t crazy about this story. The improbability of these two men becoming a couple the way they did kind of made me give this the stink eye. However, I kept going and once they were a couple, everything was as it should be, no more stink eye. 🙂
This is a story about friendship. Nick and Bryce have both recently moved into a duplex and are neighbors. They strike up a close friendship and soon find themselves not wanting to spend time with anyone else. What I found interesting is that they both seemed to recognize the other guys body – how muscular and ripped, how they looked in their clothes. It’s hard to put into words my thoughts and feelings about this. They saw the other man, and yet as soon as they realized they were looking, would turn away.
When they realize they have more than friendship between them, they are hesitant to do anything about it because they don’t want to do anything that could jeopardize that friendship. Neither of them have ever had a connection with another person as they do with each other and would hate to let their growing feelings come between them.
The story that follows is about two men navigating their way through something new and complex, adding their families into it and asking for their acceptance.
I listened to the audio and the narration was pretty good. I do wish they had added a female narrator to do the ladies voices as they all sounded alike and kind of creepy. Don’t let that turn you off the audio – it’s an MM romance, so it’s not like the ladies are the MCs. 😉
Cute story, some super hot sex and I felt they progressed (ignoring the beginning) as a couple in a plausible and realistic way (visiting a sex shop and watching gay porn online to learn was great and I thought very real). I am going to check out book 2.
Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.