Rating: 1.75 stars out of 5
In an effort to forget the past, Jake has anonymous hookups during his midnight shift at a hostel in the tiny Scottish village of Kyleakin. When Grant, a stud from Edinburgh, comes to stay for a week, Jake can’t get the sexy Scot out of his mind. It doesn’t take long for Grant to realize Jake is hiding, running from something, and when he confronts Jake about it, their tentative friendship explodes and living at the hostel becomes tense. Not long after, Jake’s tenuous relationship with his parents crumbles, leaving him with no family and no home.
Through the worst of times, no matter how poorly Jake treats him, Grant always shows up to comfort him. Old anxieties stir with every shared hug, every fleeting kiss, every sensual encounter, and no matter how hard Jake tries to escape from his hurts, the past–and the truth–always seems to find him.
It’s rare I come across books I just want to put down in the first few chapters. Normally I find something that redeems them, characters, a unique twist in the plot…something. But in Silent Hearts by Cameron D. James it was just one cringe worthy moment after another or just plain non interest in continuing on that plagued this story for me.
James immediately plops the reader into one of Jake’s nightly blowjobs during his job at the hostel. Yes, it seems he puts the word out to all the travelers that well, he puts out and all take advantage of it. You think the management would get a clue. It’s cold, mechanical, and definitely not sexy. And these scenes go on for most of the book. Lovely.
Jake himself is a mess of a character. You get no clue really other than phone calls back to the states (his relationship with his parents is the only reason this story didn’t fall to the one star rating). Everything else is left to the author’s guessing game with the readers. It makes Jake a blank that you care very little for, no matter how much the other characters tell you should or that they do (a mystery in and of itself).
Then there is Grant, a nice guy who is abused and pushed away by the surly Jake for half the story and then abandoned totally after being a tremendous person. The author leads you to believe that Jake will end up with Grant and then out of nowhere boom, the love of Jake’s life is introduced in the last pages and an ending that leaves you shaking your head appears out of nowhere with no narrative support whatsoever.
I was dumbfounded. What a fail.
I may go back to that one star rating after all.
So no. There won’t be any recommendation here. I can’t imagine who this book would appeal to. It’s not erotic in my opinion. There’s no depth of characterization, the plot is a mess, and no support for the ending. If you like reading about men giving blowjobs however, then yes, this is the book for you. There, that’s something positive.
Cover art is ok, nondescript is enough to work.
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Deep Desires Press (first published March 3rd 2014)
Original TitleSilent Hearts