Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Will the demons of the past ruin any hope for the future?
If there’s anyone who knows how to have a good time—be it with a man or a woman—it’s Ryder Pearce. Master of the nail-it-and-bail-it theory, he lives his life for one person and one person only: himself. When a man enters Ryder’s life who challenges him on every flirtation, every sexual innuendo he can come up with, Ryder’s thrown off his game in a big way. Because there’s one thing the man has made perfectly clear—they’ve played this game before, and Ryder doesn’t remember the outcome.
Avery Hamilton has seen all of Ryder’s moves and has witnessed his sex appeal. He knows all too well about his cocky sense of humor and his penchant for one-night stands. There was a time in his life when he’d taken the bait, but this time around, he wants more. He’s seen Ryder’s act; what he hasn’t seen is Ryder—the real Ryder he hides from the world.
When both men come together to help a young boy, Ryder’s forced to face things from his past he’s blocked out. Things he never wanted anyone to know. Now, Ryder has one fear… Will revealing that side of himself be real enough for Avery? Or will it be the reason Avery walks away?
***Warning: This book contains off-page references to sexual/physical abuse of a minor.
I thought this was a wonderful story. Ryder and Avery have been trading barbs for the last year but only Avery remembers when they met before that. Ryder puts a good face on but never lets anyone see the hurt and pain that is underneath the surface. Avery has been struggling to be without his best friend and his barbs with Ryder help distract him from that but when Chris goes missing he sees a much different side of Ryder.
Ryder is so sure that he isn’t worth anything even though he has worked himself far from how he grew up and now has a wonderful group of friends he is sure that doesn’t make up for his past. Avery doesn’t feel like a disappointment until he visits his family, he has come to learn that his found family is so much better for him.
I loved watching Ryder and Avery navigate their attraction to each other and then their subsequent relationship. Ryder’s determination to help Chris brings out his past and we can see him struggle to deal with those memories. Thankfully Avery is willing to be patient and loving which is just what he needs. I loved how Avery just wanted to show him that he was worthy and then them becoming fathers was so wonderful.
The cover art by Cate Ashwood is great, I love the visual of the characters and it showcases their differences.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 274 pages
Published: July 31, 2019
Edition Language: English
Series: Beyond the Cove #3