A Stella Review: Wheels and Heels (Stories from the Hen and Hog #1) by Jaime Samms


RATING 2,75 out of 5 stars

As a teenager, Ira Bedford fled a troubled home life and people who didn’t understand his penchant for feminine things. In the city, he fell in with Cedric, who found him work as an underage stripper. It took him years to escape Cedric’s influence and try to build a life of his own.

Now, he just wants to be left alone to create his art. But Cedric’s on-going harassment means Ira had to drop out of art school, is squatting in a friend’s apartment, and is still relying on his allure as a sexy, skirt-wearing exotic dancer to pay his bills.

Then he meets Jed. Part-time bartender and the apartment building’s superintendent, Jed is just the right mix of strong, kind, and protective to pull Ira out of hiding. He also welcomes Ira into his chosen family at the Hen and Hog Pub. But Ira yearns for more. Still, he doesn’t dare to hope that Jed will want him and his questionable past, his skirts and high heels, his hang-ups, and the profession he seems unable to escape. But Jed will do anything to prove him wrong.

I had high expectations about this new release by Jamie Samms, the blurb sounded interesting and the cover won me on. There were a lot of elements why I thought the story was going to be a success, starting from the heels or the exboyfriend stalking theme.

Unfortunately,  it fell a little short to me. I have to say everything I was expecting actually didn’t happen, you read the blurb and pretty much that was what happened and nothing more. I liked Jed a lot, a good guy, full of positive qualities, with a big heart, always understanding and patient. I don’t know, but it seemed to me as Ira took advantage of Jed’s kindness and since I got this feeling through all the book, I wasn’t able to like Ira at. I found him incoherent and too many times it was hard to me to enjoy his behaviour. I so wanted to slap some sense into his head.

I was sure Wheels and Heels was going to be a cute and sweet novel but it was actually pretty shallow and forgettable, some parts predictable, others boring.  It’s not even a bad book, even well written, maybe it just wasn’t for me. Being a first in a new series, I probably will give the second book a chance.

The cover art by Christine Coffee is lovely, I particularly like the colors and it’s well done cause I easily can see Ira

SALE LINKS:   Riptide Publishing | Amazon


ebook, 265 pages

Published March 12th 2018 by Riptide Publishing (first published March 10th 2018)

ISBN13 9781626497023

Edition Language English

Series Stories from the Hen and Hog #1

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