Wendy reviews ‘Honey and Heat’ by Rian Durant. Published September 4, 2017 by NineStar Press, 202 pages.
Linden has only one thing on his mind a few days away from Christmas—his pending university exams. That is, until he meets his neighbors’ son who has returned for the holidays. Brice Stevens is gorgeous, but he’s insufferable.
It’s Linden’s first love, and he falls hard for Brice, despite Brice’s occasionally aloof and cool behavior. It’s an emotional ride for both of them while Linden takes a crash course in real love and Brice learns to trust in a relationship.
We were given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I was a bit confused at times while reading this book, although if you know me or you’ve read more than one of my reviews, you will know that it’s a common state for me to be in. HAHAHA!
While the MC’s do go from enemies to lovers, I felt like I was on a roller-coaster with all the ups and downs that happened. I can’t really say that I cared for Brice. He does have a somewhat redeeming moment towards the end of the book, but mannn, was he a jerk most of the time! I could understand what drove his behavior towards Linden, but I’m still not sure that I can excuse it. Especially from a man who seems to treat everyone except Linden in an acceptable manner. His over the top hot and cold was a bit much for my taste.
Linden, though, is a likable enough character. He is a serious student, he has a plan and he sticks to it. He’s a kind and generous soul, he’s good to his neighbors and his friends. He’s an innocent when it comes to matters of the heart and I understand that comes with its own set of problems and land mines to navigate. What I didn’t understand about this character was that he kept going back for more of Brice’s abusive behavior. I was upset for this character when he was loved and cherished by Brice one minute and given the cold shoulder the next. He did finally draw a line and I understood when he let Brice cross it one last time. There’s a lot of back and forth in getting there but I am glad that he gets his HEA.
The secondary characters were good with the exception of Linden’s best friend. This character was a big part of the story and had his own set of problems to overcome. Those include some pretty severe anxiety that Linden helps him to get through and a cat and mouse game with a love interest that he goes to great lengths to make jealous. But… IMHO his friend betrayed him even after promising to not do the very thing he does. That rubbed me the wrong way but Linden is a much more forgiving type than I am.
So… this story wasn’t quite what I expected. It did have good moments, it absolutely met my angst requirement and seemed to flow on a more even keel later on in the book.
Always having a plot in mind is hard when having a day time job but Rian manages them currently, assisted by the priceless support of her soul mate, lots of coffee and pure obstinacy.
What makes Rian smile is anything that could be the reason for that spark in the eyes, accompanied by the exclamation: “Oh my, I just saw something!”