Rating: 3 stars out of 5
This installment focuses on Jerry- a firefighter who constantly puts himself down as not smart enough. Not smart enough for his friends or the guys he dates or whatever. That kind of gets old.
Mick is a fellow firefighter and a giant homophobe. You know what that usually means- gay guy in the closet. And while I wasn’t really into Jerry falling for this jerk- Mick’s back story redeemed his behavior. Mostly. Mick’s father is the head of a cult like religious group that hates gay people. So even though he was raised that way and has the posturing of someone who thinks all gay people are going to hell, he is fighting the internal struggle of being gay himself.
Mick ended up being way more endearing than Jerry who was pretty boring. But even then, I was hoping for a lot more action from the religious cult. The threat was always there but nothing really happened.
Jerry and Mick together were ok, but I really felt like Jerry was settling for a guy who was a raging homophobe. That just didn’t sit right with me.
So they story was ok, I don’t regret reading it, but if there are more in the series I hope they are better.
Cover art by Reese Dante is dramatic and works for the storyline.
ebook, 2nd Edition , 153 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 18th 2013)
SeriesBalls to the Wall #5 settingCalifornia (United States)