Erryn reviews ‘Throwing Hearts’ by N.R. Walker. The book was published on March 13, 2020, 202 pgs. The audio was released September 19, 2020, was narrated by Glen Lloyd and is 5hrs and 22mins.
Why I read this book: I loved Upside Down so wanted more of this author/narrator duo.
A fun and sexy romance where the kiln isn’t the only thing that’s scorching hot.
Leo Secombe loves his life, and he’s convinced himself he’s happy to be single. In his spare time, he keeps himself busy at a local LGBTQ centre that pairs a younger person with a community elder to help them feel included in today’s rainbow family. Leo and Clyde have been buddies for a few years now, and signing up for a pottery class seems like fun.
Merrick Bowman has been so focused on getting his pottery business up and running that he’s forgotten how to date. How to live, even. But when a young, bubbly Leo and an older, grumpy Clyde walk through his door, Merrick has no idea how much Leo is about to centre his world.
Throwing clay has been Merrick’s entire life, but Leo’s about to change all that. Maybe Merrick’s ready to throw caution to the wind. And maybe he’s ready to finally throw his heart on the line.
Sometimes you just want a simple romance with great characters, a straight-forward plot, and a dash of humor. Well, this book had all of those. And lots of feels as well so yay for that.
I know very little about pottery. I think my mother still has the little container I made when I was, like, I want to say four…? That was the last time I tried my hand at it. I had an artist friend who was incredibly talented who worked with clay and her work always amazed me.
In this book we have Merrick the potter and Leo the fashionista. Leo works with older LGBTQ members of a local group and has been paired with Clyde. Cantankerous, often rude, always hilarious Clyde. One day they join the group for a series of pottery classes and even Clyde can see that Leo and Merrick hit it off right away. But both men want to take things slow – they both see this relationship has the potential for more. Add in a couple of scheming friends, some elderly nosy-bodies, and they do manage to go out on a few dates.
There’s another character I want to mention – Merrick’s Uncle Donnie. I loved his story and my heart went out to him. His integration into the story, and his connection with other characters, was perfect.
Have I said enough to entice you? I hope so, because this is a lovely book that everyone should enjoy. And I’ll just give a quick nod to Glen Lloyd. He’s been narrating some of Ms. Walker’s books which are set in Australia and he’s just perfect for them. I can’t wait for more from these two…
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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