An Alisa Release Day Review: Coasting (States of Love) by Yvonne Trent


Rating:  3 stars out of 5


What happens when you need something but don’t know what it is? Why not look in a place you never heard of?


Out and proud elementary school teacher Cal Hamilton thought he was happy in Philadelphia, but after a breakup, he steps back to reassess his life and discovers something is missing. He gets in his car and drives south with no idea what he hopes to find. The flip of a coin leads him to a small town in Mississippi—practically a different world from the city where he grew up.


Police officer Billy Labarre keeps his sexuality mostly to himself, but he knows just what he needs to fill the hole in his quiet small-town life: the right man. Unfortunately attitudes toward gay men still leave a lot to be desired in the rural South, and it’s hard to meet someone. It’s not likely his perfect match is just going to show up out of the blue….


This was a nice story.  Cal is trying to get his head on straight after a breakup and follows his gut on a road trip.  His coin flip leads him west towards Mississippi from Florida and he can’t ignore his gut feeling to pull off in Ocean Springs.  He’s lucky to run into Billy that evening as he has been unable to find a place to stay and Billy opens his home to him.


Billy and Cal immediately hit it off and are perfect example of when it feels right you don’t question it.  Both of these characters are very open about their feeling to each other so there is no second guessing what they want.  Though Billy was living half in the closet when the story began and the author doesn’t go into it but I would think he can’t really be doing that anymore once Cal is living with him and has a job in the local school.  I enjoyed this story however felt as though there was something missing and some of the breaking points in the story seemed very abrupt.


Cover art by Brooke Albrecht is absolutely beautiful and I love it.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N


Book Details:

ebook, 112 pages

Published: August 23, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-700-6

Edition Language: English

Series: A States of Love Story

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